Blog

We Owe It to Patients to Eliminate Faxing: Here’s How to Get Started

Cable television is obsolete. VHS and cassette tapes are novelty throwbacks to a different time. Most kids couldn’t tell you what a landline is. Yet, for all that, healthcare still relies on the fax machine, a similarly dated tech artifact, as a critical part of the transmission of information. This needs to end.... Read More

by Luis Castillo in EHRs, blog, COVID-19

Five Strategies to Ensure Cybersecurity During COVID-19 And Beyond

To quote New Zealand-born novelist and playwright Anthony McCarten, “We’re living in extraordinary times.” To which I’ll personally add, “that call for extraordinary security measures.” In March, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued COVID-19 HIPAA waivers to... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Cybersecurity, blog, COVID-19

Home Care’s Increased Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The path to recovery from COVID-19 can be long and difficult, made even more so when patients are forced by lack of post-acute capacity and other extenuating circumstances to stay within the hospital for longer than is clinically necessary. That’s where, in select cases, discharge to the home can play a prominent... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in blog, home health, Transitions of Care, COVID-19

Interoperability Rules Are Delayed: Why That’s Good News And Bad News

In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they would delay the enforcement of its Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rules until 2021. This is a good news/bad news scenario for healthcare providers and the health IT professionals who support their clinical workflows. The good... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Interoperability, blog, COVID-19

Ready, Set, STOP! How to Discharge Difficult-to-Place COVID Patients

It’s happened to all of us in the case management field. You have a patient who’s ready to take the next step in their recovery. Their acute stay is complete, they’ve selected their preferred post-acute facilities, and you’ve begun the process of communicating with those providers to determine if they have the... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Patient Discharge, blog, COVID-19

Using NEMT to Solve for COVID-Related Obstacles

Hospitals face a wide array of challenges in their quest to take care of COVID-19 patients. And while these difficulties have been covered ad nauseum across all manner of healthcare publications, there’s one topic I haven’t seen covered to such a wide degree. This is despite its impact on patient care, patient... Read More

by Luis Castillo in blog, Transportation, COVID-19