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Looking For ROI In EHR
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) w ere designed, among other things, to save money and not contribute to $13.4 million operating losses. But that is exactly what happened at Maine Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, according to Whit Richardson of the Bangor, ME Daily News. Richardson writes, “The loss occurred in the first half of the hospital’s fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.” He goes on to quote CEO Richard Petersen as saying the hospital is in “a negative financial position that it has not witnessed in recent memory.” By John Oncea, editor, Healthcare Technology Online (@buck25)
iPad Drives Patient Engagement
Manhattan Research reported last year that physician adoption of tablets for professional purposes almost doubled compared to 2011, reaching 62% in 2012's survey. The survey of 3,015 practicing physicians across 25 specialties was reported on by Anthony Vecchione for InformationWeek Healthcare who noted, “Apple's iPad emerged as the dominant tablet platform.” Vecchione points out that the iPad’s dominance is “an extension of the general market where the iPad is a dominant player” and quotes Monique Levy, VP of research at Manhattan Research as saying “it is really suited for doctors in terms of graphics.” By John Oncea, editor, Healthcare Technology Online (@buck25)
Philadelphia, Schuylkill County Nursing Homes Receive Excellence Awards
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf will visit two nursing home facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania today to present the state's second annual "Awards for Excellence in Health Care Compliance
Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Of Suffolk Successfully Implements CellTrak
CellTrak, the leading global provider of integrated mobile clinical solutions is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by New York based Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) to provide the agency with its mobile technology software and that it has successfully completed the full roll-out
Charlotte Web Design Firm Launches New Healthcare Online Community For Nurses
The Idea People have launched a new healthcare social and professional networking website for NurseTogether.com, one of the most popular online communities for nursing professionals.
RF Technologies® Introduces Redesigned Nurse and Emergency Call Stations
RF Technologies®, a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) healthcare safety and security solutions, has released a newly designed line of nurse and emergency call stations that blend into a community's environment.
Nurses Week Celebrated In Many Ways
Nurses Week – which starts every year on May 6th – runs until May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale, a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, is considered the founder of modern nursing. According to the Florence Nightingale Museum, “She led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster.” By John Oncea, editor, Healthcare Technology Online (@buck25)
Chamberlain College Of Nursing Collaborates With Industry Leaders To Advance Healthcare
Building on its commitment to elevating excellence in nursing education and advancing the nursing profession, Chamberlain College of Nursing has aligned with industry leaders on several new initiatives that help transform healthcare, including: Appointment of six members to the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees
Wireless Patient Monitoring Devices Solve Telecommunications Challenges
When care providers at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, the largest Home Care & Hospice agency in Maine, initially launched their telehealth program, they were quickly able to see positive results from utilizing Honeywell’s Genesis family of remote patient monitoring devices to track the daily vital signs of patients and streamline patient-acquired data into one internet-accessible clinical dashboard.
VNA Home Health Hospice Streamlines Patient Care Between Physicians And Home
When home care providers at VNA Home Health Hospice (VNA) looked at ways to improve their already-successful telehealth program, they realized patient care could be improved by giving physicians the ability to monitor their patients’ health status, using VNA’s existing telehealth system.
Samsung Cloud Displays Unlock Efficiencies For Physicians And Accelerate EHR Adoption
Regulatory requirements and government incentives to improve healthcare quality and efficiency through information technology have prompted healthcare providers to focus on achieving faster EHR adoption by implementing a virtual environment. However, for programs to be successful, the virtual solutions need to help make the work of physicians easier and more productive, while maintaining the reliability and security of patient data.
Telehealth Products And Services Utilized With High Success In Telemedicine Efficacy Study
In January of 2011, the St. Alexius Medical Center (SAMC) and the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC) joined forces to evaluate the potential of a new telehealth program. Their goal was to determine whether they could improve access and care for their many patients with chronic conditions who live in rural areas. In order to determine its effectiveness, SAMC and gpTRAC worked together to develop research parameters by which to quantify the results of the program.
Securing Social Media For Healthcare
Social media sites—such as Facebook and Twitter—can be a tempting outlet for healthcare employees to discuss patient information that should be private. Breaches of information security and patient privacy may or not be intentional, and they can be committed by an employee, a contractor, a temporary employee, or an external party. However, the repercussions to the organization of a protected healthcare information (PHI) disclosure are significant because these confidentiality breaches violate HIPAA rules about protecting patient privacy and ensuring workforce compliance.
St. John Medical Center Uses A Team Approach To Ensure Successful Implementation Of New Electronic Health Record Initiative
As new value-based payment models emerge in the healthcare industry, hospitals that demonstrate high-quality, efficient patient care will have a distinct advantage over those organizations that remain mired in unwarranted variation in care processes, unnecessary and duplicative tests, and an inability to coordinate care.
Honor of Nurses Week: Free eBook, Plus Share Your Story
In honor of nurses week, starting May 6, Concerro is asking clients, prospects, and friends to tell us their story of why they became a nurse. Click here for details and learn how to share your story.
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