Virtual Health – Coordinating Care In The Future

Digital products like Alexa and Siri “learn” a person’s favorite restaurants, music and retail stores and make recommendations on different eateries to visit, items to buy or events to attend. These tools can also perform simple tasks, such as turning on lights, locking doors, adding to a running list of needed... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity

Five Steps To Greater Cybersecurity In Healthcare Organizations

It is universally acknowledged that frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of infections – and yet, there are health care workers who don’t wash their hands. The use of motorcycle helmets can dramatically reduce the chances of head trauma during accidents, but over 25% of people don’t wear one while riding. This... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity

The Impact of Single Payer Healthcare on Health IT Investment

How quickly things change. From one vote away from the so-called “skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act to a proposed revolution of the current healthcare system, healthcare providers are getting whiplash right about now. Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Affordable Care Act, Healthcare IT, health insurance

Technology Lessons from ACMA

From my own experience, I know first-hand that tracking patients post-discharge is an incredible challenge given the sheer size and scope of the effort. Hospitals release hundreds of patients each day, and communicating with them can be challenging. Many hospitals have begun to focus on those patients who are at... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Monitoring Patients Post-Discharge: A Key Step in Reducing Readmissions

In the past, when hospitals discharged a patient to the next level of care—whether it was to a post-acute facility or directly home—they stopped monitoring the patient’s treatment, condition and outcomes—sending the individual to their next destination and moving on to the next patient in crisis. However, times have... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Three Ways Healthcare Can Get Its Interoperability Act Together

What were you doing in 2006? That’s when the American Health Information Management Association published an article on interoperability and noted that “Healthcare’s hottest topic finally has two things it has badly needed: plain language and a sense of urgency.” Ten years later and surely millions of pages of plain... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, EHRs, Interoperability

Using Technology-enabled Care Coordination to Boost Quality Outcomes

June 6, 2016 - Becker's Hospital Review "Improve quality, optimize efficiency and reduce costs" is a mantra that healthcare organizations all over the country repeat as they aim to navigate new payment models on leaner budgets. To turn these goals into reality, forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

IMPACT Act Brings Post-Acute Care Transitions to the Forefront

Through the use of standardized quality measures and standardized data, the intent of the IMPACT Act, among other obligations, is to enable interoperability and access to longitudinal information for such providers to facilitate coordinated care, improved outcomes, and overall quality comparisons. Quality Measure... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Healthcare IT

Enhance Patient Satisfaction and Engagement Using Technology-enabled Care Coordination

May 24, 2016 - Becker's Hospital Review Hospitalized patients often experience a multitude of feelings—anxiety, fatigue and fear, not to mention possible pain. For those who require further treatment or recovery at post-acute facilities, a poor transition can heighten these feelings, adding stress to an already... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

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