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Blog posts tagged with EHR

  • 5 ways to continue clinical engagement beyond deployment

    Dr Anna Bayes
    April 20, 2017

    Doctors face huge pressure to be efficient during patient consultations, often less than 10 minutes each. Navigating a new electronic patient record (EPR)* system can strain that precious time and leave clinicians feeling frustrated. Over the years, I’ve seen organisations take some successful approaches to alleviate this pressure by continued clinical engagement beyond deployment. Here are just a few examples. Read more…

  • 4 approaches to achieving digital maturity

    Steve Brain
    April 04, 2017

    Three out of four of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Trusts are not running as efficiently, effectively and safely as they could with a fully-functioning EPR. Most people recognise the value of the information revolution, but financial and operational challenges are hampering Trusts’ ability to implement a digital maturity strategy. Here are the most common approaches NHS Trusts take, along with risks and benefits to consider. Read more…

  • 4 tips for turning Luddites into champions for your new EPR 2

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 23, 2017

    Change is hard. And for people who find it especially difficult to accept advancements in technology (Luddites), the transition to an electronic patient record (EPR) can be a painful experience. But solid clinical engagement strategies can turn the most vocal opponents into your organisation’s strongest advocates. These approaches will prove helpful from the earliest stages of EPR procurement through configuration, deployment and adoption. Read more…

  • The self-perpetuating problem of bed blocking

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 07, 2017

    As soon as they are clinically ready to leave the hospital, patients start counting the minutes until their discharge. But can you imagine waiting days, months or even years? One UK report shows that some patients wait longer than a year; one patient stayed in hospital for an astonishing 508 days after being fit for discharge. This phenomenon is known as “bed blocking” – a term used to describe when patients stay in the hospital for a non-medical reason. Read more…

  • Improving pneumococcal vaccination rates

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    February 07, 2017

    With the number of clinical quality measures required today, there is an abundance of data. But what should we do with all of this information? I ran across a recent example of a data-driven initiative that was both simple and effective. It’s a collaborative health-improvement model (funded by a grant from Pfizer), and it focused on increasing pneumococcal vaccination rates. And it worked beautifully. Read more…

  • Right-sized care: acute intervention in an ambulatory setting

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    January 24, 2017

    As a pediatrician, I find that there are times when my patients require a specific acute intervention – but they don’t need the full hospital experience. Outpatient clinics face many scenarios when an intermediary care setting would be ideal. Holston Medical Group (HMG), a large multi-specialty physician group based in Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A., has developed its own response to this challenge: The Extensivist Clinic. Read more…

  • Top 10 client stories of 2016

    Ann Marie Beasley
    December 22, 2016

    Our clients are making a difference every day achieving success in delivering smarter health care. Their stories inspire us and, judging by blog readership, they inspire our readers too. Each year, we round up the most-shared, most-read client stories on the blog—prime examples of healthcare leaders achieving the vision of creating open and connected communities. Here are the top ten for 2016. Read more…

  • Advancing patient-centered practice transformation

    Dr Ramanujam Venugopalan
    November 07, 2016

    Healthcare market dynamics are shifting toward value-based care. For primary care practices seeking patient-centered care and the associated financial incentives, the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model is the sweet spot. As sweeping delivery system reform kicks off in 2017, practices can look forward to a clear regulatory roadmap to align their efforts with the PCMH model and succeed in their journey to becoming truly patient centered. Read more…

  • 6 questions to ask about EHR rating methodologies

    Dennia Clarke
    November 02, 2016

    According to research, which electronic health record (EHR) vendor is ranked number one? It may seem like a simple question, but if you’ve tried to answer it, you’ve likely found a wide range of responses. Analyst firms, researchers, industry associations and vendors all take on different perspectives when they rank EHR platforms. It’s important to know your sources and understand their market definitions and methodologies before you weigh these results in your next EHR purchasing decision. Read more…

  • Primary care practice earns recognition for population health management

    Steve Lalonde
    September 21, 2016

    The Family Doctors (Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.) uses data from its Allscripts Professional EHR™ suite to help improve care for patients with chronic disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana recognized The Family Doctors and its physicians with 26 awards in 2015 for highest achievement in population health management. Read more…

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