Solving Healthcare for the Sandwich Generation

If only the decisions facing the Sandwich Generation were as simple as “do you want mayo or mustard on that?” Instead, millions between the ages of 40 and 59 are finding that their lives are wedged tightly between the hard choices associated with taking care of elderly parents and supporting both their minor and grown... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Healthcare IT, Care Givers

Getting Your Hands Around Health-Care Technology

Congratulations, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’re going to have a hand in health-care reform. According to the Price Waterhouse Cooper Health Research Institute, 2016 is the year that care is going to shift, literally, into consumers’ hands – into their smartphones, to be exact. PwC surveyed consumers in 2013 and... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Empowering Patients to Engage and Follow Care Plans Post Discharge

As health care has evolved, the patient’s role in following his or her care plan after discharge has increased, and hospitals need to find ways to help patients help themselves. According to The Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, 45 percent of hospital executives are interested in identifying... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Leveraging Technology to Reduce Hospitals’ Growing Financial Risk

The reality of reform is harsh. In 2015, 2,592 hospitals were penalized to the tune of $420 million dollars for patient readmissions. To attack the readmission challenges that hospitals face, you must first understand and solve the discharge challenges. The point at which the patient transitions from the hospital to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Interoperability Helps—But is it Enough?

During a keynote address during the HIMMS 2016 Conference and Exhibition, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a broad industry initiative to improve health data interoperability, information sharing and patient engagement. Heavy hitters that have taken the pledge include HHS, Epic and Cerner. Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare IT, EHRs

Breaking Down the Walls in Health-care Technology

A stay in the hospital just isn’t like it used to be. Today’s hospitals are becoming more wired. More of them have computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, electronic health records (EHR), and massive databases that grind through staggering amounts of information to improve the care and the outcomes patients... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

EHRs Don't Go Far Enough: It's Time to Put the Whole Patient into the Equation

Many believed the electronic health record (EHR) would be the panacea to managing patient medical information. While these systems have many merits, the extent of data sharing capability necessary to ensure continuity of care isn't among them. In fact, EHRs were never designed with interoperability in mind. So, what... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Care Coordination, EHRs

The Report is In… Hospital Readmissions Carry High Costs for Consumers

Since the Department of Health and Human Services established a readmission reduction program as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, sharp focus on the cost of readmissions has been top of mind. The program, effective October 1, 2012, was designed to provide incentives for hospitals to implement strategies that... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA

Using Your Post-Acute Network to Reduce Readmission Penalties: An ANI Sneak Preview

Last year, two-thirds of eligible hospitals felt the blow of readmission penalties, which totaled $227 million, according to the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Since CMS announced it would enforce these regulations, hospitals have been searching for effective strategies to address the complicated factors... Read More

by Wayne Sensor in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Healthcare Reform, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Ensocare News

Reducing Readmissions: A Better Way

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication during patient transfers? Doesn’t that illustrate the need for accurate and timely information exchange in discharge planning? There’s got to be a better way—one that benefits patients and providers. Hospitals are employing... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Reducing Readmissions