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Top 5 Reasons Your Hospital is Ready to Graduate to Data-Driven Medication Reconciliation

Transitions of care and discharge can be a major challenges for care providers. 

Approximately 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within one month of discharge.  Missed data on patient allergies or medication regiment, inaccurate medications recorded from an incoherent patient or manually from clinical notes—all of these errors can often be the difference between readmission and successful recovery. 

The CIO’s BYOD Toolbox: Top Trends for HIPAA Compliant mHealth

A recent survey by HIMSS reported that 83% of respondents indicated that physicians at their organization were using mobile technology to facilitate some patient care.

Healthcare IT managers, directors, and CIOs in healthcare are experiencing new demands for supporting mobile health (mHealth) and BYOD practices. They are fielding many questions around mHealth security, reliability and efficiency.

The 2015 Hospital Guide To Bring Your Own Device Policies

Research finds that BYOD policies can save money.

To maximize those monetary benefits, an effective BYOD policy requires thoughtful planning, investment and execution to maintain the integrity and security of patient information. This guide focuses on the critical points to consider when designing a BYOD policy for a healthcare facility.

When constructing a BYOD policy, the big questions for employers and employees generally include:

Technology Insight Series - A New Era in Healthcare: Health Relationship Management

Joshua Newman, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Product Strategy at Salesforce.com discusses health relationship management, a unique approach of CRM strategies gauged towards healthcare providers. Despite the benefits, healthcare providers have still been slow to adopt these practices.

In this exclusive advertorial, discover the advantages of investing in this catered CRM system:

Technology Insight Series - Vendor Perspective: Encore Health IT Consulting

Encore’s Dana Sellers and Tom Niehaus talk about the new era of EHR implementations—what healthcare organizations have learned in the past 10 years, why healthcare organizations need experienced mentors to find success, and why data now trumps process in any install.

Check out this exclusive Technology Insights Series piece for enlightenment about:

Best Practices: High Level Infrastructure Achievements Drive EHR Success at Mercy Health System

In light of recent mandates regarding required EHR integration in hospitals, it has become more and more clear that these systems are paramount to improving patient diagnoses and reducing overall costs.

In this case study, Mercy Technology Services (MTS) describes the process it followed to roll out Mercy’s EHR solution, with the goal of providing centralized IT operations for Mercy’s 32 hospitals, located across several U.S. states.

Latest Developments on Cloud Computing and Security

Today, healthcare organizations are one of the top targeted industries in terms of cyber security threats. According to HIT expertise, this largely is contributed to having 99% of all health records being hosted electronically and the high value of patients’ records.

7 Myths of Healthcare Cloud Security Debunked

Cloud computing could be the next game-changer in healthcare.

However, not all Healthcare IT professionals are sold on that idea.

A conventionally risk-averse industry, healthcare has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud. Despite significant growth in cloud-based services, 61 percent of healthcare IT respondents indicated security as a top concern. Nonetheless, many of the concerns about cloud computing security are found to be more myth than fact.

Fact or fiction - Debunk the myths of the cloud:

Secure HIPAA Compliant Cloud Computing

Keeping pace with what seems to be an endless run of federal regulations and oversight that impacts healthcare IT has become a difficult task. In the last few years, operating in the healthcare industry has become exponentially more complex, especially in regards to new mandates: HIPAA and HiTech.

However, there is good news!

Given the directives in the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule and the fact that cloud hosting vendors store, transmit and process PHI, service providers must comply with the same mandates for data protection as the healthcare organization.

Top 5 Ways to Optimize Epic with Enterprise Content Management

Healthcare organizations are scrambling to optimize their EHR investments to meet the requirements of Meaningful Use in order to deliver the next generation of healthcare. However; one of the main limitations of today's EHRs is that a significant portion of health-related information resides outside of the system.

An Expedient Strategy for Image-Enabling an EHR

For large scale healthcare providers including ACOs, large hospital networks, and physician groups, the fundamentals of care coordination can be daunting. Clinical images and important patient information is, in many cases, scattered across any number of locations, facilities, departments, and systems.

CASE STUDY: Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Automates and Improves Medication Reconciliation

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, an 81-bed private non-profit hospital in North Carolina, recognized the issue with collecting patient medication histories. A complete and accurate list of patient medications could take up to a day to complete in some cases. This issue sparked a data-driven and automated process, resulting in massive time savings.

In this brief case study, readers will review Hugh Chatham’s new method of collecting medication history, fueled by patient data and automated processes. 

Viewers will discover how:

BYOD Policy Template for Better Security

The use of mobile devices has become an integral component of most people's personal and professional lives today. Businesses now understand that employees often utilize their personal mobile devices in the workplace; however, this raises several safety and privacy concerns that must be addressed.

This brief provides a guideline for BYOD workplace policies to ensure the confidentiality of protected information and improve staff efficiency.

Readers will gain insight into strategies how to fortify enterprise-wide, mobile security efforts:

CASE STUDY: CHRISTUS Health Boosts Care Coordination by Automating Image Management

Providing the highest quality of care is always the number one goal for any accountable care organization.  The challenge lies in how do medical care providers balance that priority along with time and revenue invested in healthcare technology in order to address the full compass of a patient’s well-being.  For larger health systems like CHRISTUS Health, a network of more than 40 hospitals and facilities in the U.S., Mexico, and Chile, this challenge can become a “white whale” for many larger provider organizations.