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Blog posts tagged with hospitals & health systems

  • 9 things organisations underestimate or overlook when considering total cost of ownership

    Steve Brain
    June 13, 2017

    It can be difficult for even the most experienced information systems professionals to calculate an accurate total cost of ownership (TCO) for health IT. Here are some questions to ask to make sure you’re not missing some of the most commonly overlooked costs. Read more…

  • Behind-the-scenes look at a clinical quality dashboard

    Robert Leviton MD
    May 16, 2017

    Some large organizations are wrestling with the abundance of quality data. Northwell Health developed an elegant Clinical Snapshot dashboard to support clinicians with the tools they need. Read more…

  • 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…

  • Finding better ways to notify providers about patient events

    Erik Kins
    April 11, 2017

    The variability of the EHR capabilities makes it more complex for large health systems to design a cohesive notification system. Using open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Northwell Health designed a solution that enables clinicians to see patient event notifications within their electronic health record (EHR) workflow, which enables better care coordination. Read more…

  • Will you sink or swim with post-acute documentation?

    Salman Naqvi MD MPH
    April 06, 2017

    Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals (Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.) recognizes that a solid documentation system can buoy both patient access to care and reimbursements. The organization developed the first rehabilitation content solution in the United States, and it has been so successful, it is now available to other Allscripts clients as Sunrise Rehabilitation. 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…

  • First, do no harm: How one hospital is eliminating patient harm

    Geoff Caplea MD
    March 16, 2017

    In health care, our promise is to "first, do no harm." Since Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report about medical errors in 1999, significant focus has been placed on safety throughout the healthcare system not to simply reduce harm, but to eliminate it altogether. Featured in a new case study, Washington Health System (Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) has decreased its total patient harm by 25% over the past six years by monitoring harm and implementing process improvements to eliminate it. 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…

  • 6 healthcare IT innovations in the UK

    Rachel Dunscombe
    February 22, 2017

    Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) has always been on a mission to become the safest NHS organisation in England. In a fast-paced industry like health care, the only way to succeed is to continuously innovate. As part of Allscripts connected community of health, I’d like to share some of the initiatives we’re launching or exploring in the UK: Read more…

  • First “vanguard” site in UK delivering integrated care

    Rachel Dunscombe
    February 09, 2017

    As government in the UK moves social care nearer to health care provision our National Health Service (NHS) trusts are looking at broader programs and ways to deliver holistic interventions for patients. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) is part of a local partnership, Salford Together, which is bringing together health care, home care, mental health and community nursing, hospital, and social services into a new, unified model of care. Read more…

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