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Blog posts tagged with hospitals & health systems

  • 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…

  • Israel: A case study in national connectivity for better health

    Martha Thorne
    February 02, 2017

    The desire to aggregate patient information from disparate sources, do it quickly and present it in a way that made sense to caregivers gave rise to the Ofek Network, powered by the Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution, across Clalit Health Services (Tel Aviv, Israel). Featured in a new case study, this health network connects multiple organizations and disparate systems that serve Israel’s 8.3 million residents. Read more…

  • Multiple integration projects: One open API

    Tina Joros
    January 06, 2017

    New care models require health IT infrastructure that can interact with multiple solutions, devices and applications in a more streamlined, scalable and efficient way. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can help create a successful health IT ecosystem. NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP), a nonprofit university hospital based in New York City, started using open APIs to achieve interoperability in 2014. Read more…

  • 5 ways the Trump administration may affect health IT

    Leigh Burchell
    November 21, 2016

    Following every election cycle, the United States experiences a change in policy and direction. During his campaign, Donald Trump said little about his plans for health IT, precision medicine or delivery system reform, so it will take some time for us to have a real sense of his administration’s thoughts on these subjects 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…

  • Lessons from the field: How to maximize the potential of genomic information

    Assaf Halevy
    October 04, 2016

    As the industry recognizes the potential of genomic information to revolutionize healthcare delivery, experts describe the many challenges and opportunities related to precision medicine. A recent Health Data Management article, WEDI: EHR support for genomic medicine lacking, reviews highlights of a white paper from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Genomics Workgroup. Read more…

  • 5 interoperability findings you should know

    Martha Thorne
    September 28, 2016

    Everyone understands that an open, collaborative approach will help us achieve the promise of interoperability. But to shape successful efforts, it’s important to take a step back and look at available research on interoperability. What does the evidence tell us about factors that will lead to population health success? Read more…

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