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Collaborative Expertise in Healthcare

October 22, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post “Collaborative Expertise” in deference to Syd Finkelstein’s post entitled “The Problem with Relying on Experts.” He makes the point that although we frequently rely on experts, for example, regarding Ebola, the Secret Service, and the financial collapse of 2008, the experts are frequently wrong.[read more]

A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

Health-Focused Wearables: Can Innovators, Providers, and Insurers Work Together?

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice, where he oversees market research for emerging technology, gives us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making.[read more]

Top mHealth Apps for September

October 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

We’ve run the numbers and put together a list of the top five iOS and Android health and medical apps for September, both paid and unpaid. These mhealth and medical apps offer everything from tracking medical information, getting or staying in shape, consulting with physicians, and even helping others.[read more]

Challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Require More Allies

October 22, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is a vital component to the initiative since it, as the U.S. government defines, “intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.”[read more]

How Pharma Can Meet Consumer Expectations

October 21, 2014 by Michael Dermer

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Consumers expect rewards from pharma. 63 percent of the patients in a recent survey say they want to participate in customer rewards programs. Integrating incentives into the overall patient experience is not only a solution that can drive important goals like medication adherence, but it is also what consumers expect.[read more]

3 Pathology Synoptic Reporting Examples

October 21, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Structured practices for pathology reporting, and particularly use of template (synoptic) formats, have been demonstrated to improve reporting quality. Pathologists are fortunate in that a comprehensive library of peer reviewed templates is provided by the College of American Pathologists in the form of the CAP Cancer Checklists.[read more]

Combating the Nursing Shortage with Mobile Patient Engagement

October 21, 2014 by Tanya Dainoski

Combating the nursing shortage

By implementing various mobile patient engagement technologies, such as text (SMS) messaging and mobile apps, existing nurses and case managers can manage more patients simultaneously, improving patient satisfaction and decreasing nurse burnout.[read more]

Keep the Social Media Conversation Moving

October 21, 2014 by Michael Sherman

When it comes to social media and business, it is definitely all about the conversation! Social media content for healthcare differs from what other verticals require in that the genre is fundamentally personable and emotive. After all, you’re dealing with the most intimate topics: health and wellness.[read more]

Why Are My Receipts Down?

October 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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While it's easy to blame low receipts on patients with unpaid balances or on insurance companies simply not paying, often the issue lies somewhere within the practice itself and whether or not it follows best practices in all areas of revenue cycle management. Here are three common areas to keep in mind when investigating low receipts.[read more]

Articles about Disclosure in Online Communities

October 20, 2014 by Colleen Young

Stanford Medicine X

Since presenting on the panel at Stanford Medicine X called Communicating the Experience of Illness in the Digital Age, I’ve been giving more thought on the importance and role of self-disclosure in building online health communities. Here are a few papers that Jeana Frost, Meredith Gould and I found.[read more]

Pushing, Pulling, Nudging and Tipping Healthcare Evidence into Practice: Highlights from ACRM

October 20, 2014 by Anne Weiler

ACRM 2014

We’re just back from two weeks on the road visiting Wellpepper customers and also attending the Annual Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference in Toronto, where our research partners at Boston University presented the preliminary results from a study they’ve been working on.[read more]

Why the Business of Pain Management Is Big and Getting Bigger

October 20, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

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Through our research of the pain management market (and hereafter in this report we’ll use the terms ‘pain management’ and ‘pain medicine’ interchangeably), we’ve become convinced that the millions of patients seeking pain treatment in the U.S. could benefit from a more integrated and coordinated care approach.[read more]

Top 3 Reasons People Participate in Clinical Trials

October 20, 2014 by Dan Stempel

One of the biggest challenges clinical trial marketers face is patient recruitment. Identifying their motivating factors will help you to more successfully appeal to potential participants. Here are three of the top reasons people participate in a clinical trial.[read more]

Stopping the Revolving Door of Avoidable Readmissions [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

avoidable readmissions

This video gives examples of what some hospitals are doing throughout the country to successfully reduce avoidable readmissions. What are you doing to reduce avoidable readmissions? Have you discovered additional best practices? Have you tried different measures that didn’t work?[read more]

Trashing Charlie Baker on Outsourcing: Uncalled For

October 19, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead.[read more]

Health IT: A Rapidly Changing — and Lucrative — Industry

October 19, 2014 by Jared Hill

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As technology plays an increasingly important role in reshaping the public healthcare system, there is a naturally an increasing demand for health IT specialists. Health IT specialists are different from conventional IT specialists in a number of ways.[read more]

Clinical Documentation Improvement: Why Care About Synoptic Reporting?

October 19, 2014 by Tim Edlund

clinical documentation

Synoptic reports provide a more complete view of a patient’s condition than is generally achieved with longer narrative formats. They are computer-based worksheets that medical professionals use to enter and obtain information in a manner that is quicker and more accurate than free-text reports.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: The Beginners' Guide to Healthcare Blogs

October 18, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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In an earlier Beyond the Buzz column, I outlined 7 reasons that healthcare professionals should blog. If it inspired you to start your own blog but you aren’t sure where to begin, then today’s article is for you. I am going to show you the first steps to take to get your healthcare blog up and running.[read more]

Can You Afford Readmission Penalties in 2015?

October 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

readmission penalties

According to CMS, one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. Just so you don’t have to do the math, that equates to 20%. CMS recently released the final regulations for 2015 in regard to readmission penalties. The major changes include new conditions as well as higher readmission penalties.[read more]

Patient and Family Advisory Council: Lessons Learned

October 18, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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I recently set up a patient and family advisory council to address safety and quality concerns from the patient/family perspective. Here's what it's like to sit in a room with patients and family members who want to share their experience to make it better for those who follow.[read more]

Hospitals Going Concierge: Creative Marketing at Its Best

October 17, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Hospital concierge

The concierge approach takes patient amenities to the next level, but it also gives hospitals something to brag about on social media sites and through other marketing channels. Consider how adding a concierge to staff might be a creative way to up the hospital marketing game.[read more]

The ENGAGE Conference: Top Insights for Patient-Centric Digital Health Innovators

October 17, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor who focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event.[read more]

Price Transparency: The Devil is in the Detail for Hospitals

October 17, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Healthcare price transparency

Hospitals, physicians and healthcare communicators are grappling with the devilish details of healthcare price transparency. With healthcare transition propelling change, the overarching goals and objectives are praiseworthy. But the high road to meaningful implementation is bumpy at best.[read more]

Cerner and Missouri Forging a Real Partnership for Population Health

October 17, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Cerner Sponsored Community Events Through ‘Healthy Nevada’

At Cerner, a Kansas City, Missouri-based health IT company, a real shift is occurring in they way they interact with communities. According to leadership, “Cerner is no longer just a supplier; we are extending partnerships with hospitals and our communities.”[read more]

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The Growing Trend of Automation in Healthcare

October 17, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Health care is one of the hottest topics of debate these days, and no discussion about the subject is complete without a look at healthcare costs. A closer look shows that automation, when judiciously applied, can help medical organizations achieve two of their main goals: reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.[read more]

Mobility Matters in Physician Satisfaction with EHR Solutions

October 16, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Physician satisfaction with EHR

According to an article in Healthcare IT News, 77 percent of docs practicing in free-standing physician offices have an EHR installed. The news is even better for hospital-owned practices where 90 percent of docs are now off paper records and are using an EHR in clinical practice.[read more]

Dying in America? Bureaucrats Care

October 16, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

dying in America

Many families lost housing, job, and retirement security in the Great Recession. Their wages haven’t risen in real terms in a generation. Their hold on financial well-being may be tenuous. Now IOM’s Committee on Approaching Death apparatchiks advocate building their whole death structure on the over-burdened backs of ordinary Americans.[read more]

Apple HealthKit: Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System

October 16, 2014 by David Harlow

HealthKit

The first health system to announce that it had integrated HealthKit into its Epic EHR is Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. It is a 12-hospital, 40-clinic operation with over 900 physicians. I spoke recently with Dr. Richard Milani, Ochsner's Chief Clinical Transformation Officer. Here's what we talked about.[read more]

iPad EHR Drchrono Gears Up for HealthKit

October 16, 2014 by David E Williams

HealthKit and Drchrono

Drchrono bills itself as the “original mobile EHR built for the iPad.” With that in mind, I decided to ask the company’s co-founder and COO, Daniel Kivatinos for his thoughts on Apple’s entry into the healthcare space with its new Health app and HealthKit development tool. Here are my questions and his replies.[read more]