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6 Ways EHR Might Be Holding You Back

Electronic health records (EHR) are here to stay. There’s even a federal program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to encourage “meaningful use” of digital documentation. On the surface, the idea of implementing EHR is great: issues with illegible handwriting and sharing paper records should be eliminated, and information…

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Posted In: Best Of, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

Improve Communication, Slash Error Rates

It might seem logically intuitive that better communication between clinicians and healthcare organizations would lead to better patient outcomes — such as higher quality of care and lower error rates. Although determination of a causal connection has historically been slow, research in this area has picked up and is beginning…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

CMS: Crowd-sourcing clinical improvements

The times, they are a changing, and there’s nowhere that’s more true than in healthcare. In the last year, the department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the auspices of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun instituting systemic changes — including the Readmissions Reduction Program, to…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 17 February, 2015

ACOs II: How to be Successful

Following up on a blog posted November last year, ‘ACOs I: The Country’s New HMOs?’, that dealt primarily with the definition and structure of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), we now turn our attention to factors that result in an ACO’s success based on mounting statistics gathered since their creation. These…

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Posted In: General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Monday, 9 February, 2015

The Latest Obesity Statistics: What Can We Learn

The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new report on the state of overweight and obesity in Americans, broken down by state, ethnic group, sex, age, physical activity eating habits and more. And the implications for both the U.S. population and healthcare system are not…

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Posted In: General On: Tuesday, 13 January, 2015

What Healthcare Can Learn From Retail

Although it is hard to imagine, hospitals and the retail industry share some key characteristics; for example, both serve demanding and increasingly well-informed clientele, both hire a huge hierarchy of workers with differing levels of responsibility, and both have payments that are increasingly tied to customer/patient evaluations. Customer experience has always…

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Posted In: General On: Thursday, 8 January, 2015
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