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Posts by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA

Optimized Patient Discharge Yields Better Outcomes

A prolonged stay in the hospital after a patient has already been cleared for discharge is a risky time. According to a recent peer-reviewed study, the likelihood of serious infection—urinary tract infection, pneumonia or sepsis—increases dramatically the longer a patient remains in the hospital unnecessarily. What’s... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes, Mobile Technology

Unlocking Time: Using Technology To Improve Efficiency

Time is a precious commodity in healthcare, and it seems to be dwindling as healthcare staff are asked to take on more responsibilities and sustain high quality care with fewer resources. Yet many care givers spend much of their time on non-value-added tasks such as making phone calls, searching for equipment, and... Read More

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

Optimizing Care Transitions: A Key Strategy for Reducing Readmissions

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withheld a collective $420 million in reimbursements from half of the nation’s hospitals due to readmission penalties. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination

Rethinking Discharge Communication

October 31, 2016 - Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses Six Ways Nurses Create a Smoother Transition to the Next Phase of Care By Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer of Ensocare Communication errors are the number one cause of adverse events in hospitals, according to the Joint Commission, and times of... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge

Better Care Transitions Yield Better Outcomes

October 31, 2016 - HIT Leaders & News By Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer of Ensocare Healthcare organizations have long struggled with care transitions, especially when moving complex patients who require multifaceted care from acute settings to a post-acute environment. These transitions are often... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge