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eBrief: Five Ways to Save Your Hospital Money with Better Communication


Hospitals and health systems around the globe are looking at everything from tighter supply controls to energy efficiency initiatives as ways to cut costs and save money. Another avenue being evaluated more closely is communications. By improving communications and designing more efficient mobile workflows, hospitals can make a big impact on their bottom line.

A preview of the five ways:

2015 Survey Report: BYOD Trends in Healthcare: An Industry Snapshot

Bring-Your-Own-Device Issues Are Changing Rapidly as Mobile Strategies in Healthcare Mature

A popular topic for hospitals right now is whether to allow employees to use their personal smartphones and tablets for staff communications and patient alerts. “Bring your own device” (BYOD) is a challenging issue because it encompasses so many questions related to an organization’s costs, security risks, IT availability, and the varying needs of different groups of staff.

Bringing the Amazon Experience to Healthcare

There is no argument that Amazon would not be the goliath it is today without its stellar customer service.  When applying this transparency-focused concept to healthcare, consider the following:

Case Study: Health Care Cost Drivers Identified/Acted Upon by Pennsylvania Population Health Management Company


Analytics Converted into Clinical Action for Improvement

Redundant diagnostics, avoidable ER visits, preventable inpatient admissions, and multiple gaps in patient care... these are just a few of the areas driving up health care costs without contributing to quality. But how can unnecessary cost drivers be identified? And, once pinpointed, what’s a workable action plan to reduce those costs and track clinical progress?

Patient Collections: Business Critical for Today's Healthcare Organizations

Physicians and administrators face an uncertain economic future in which emerging payment models offer a seemingly endless array of reimbursement schemes – especially given the shift towards greater patient responsibility. According to a National Center for Health Statistics study, in the first quarter of 2013, 32.5% of persons under age 65 with private health insurance were enrolled in high deductible health plans. Yet despite this growing number, many current patient collections efforts have yielded lackluster results.

Community Regional Medical Center Improves HCAHPS Scores for Medication Communication

Combining leadership engagement, Epic electronic health record (EHR) integration, and Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC), units at Community Regional Medical Center that utilized GetWellNetwork improved patient satisfaction scores.

Through the auditing of more than 2,000 patient charts, they came to realize there were opportunities for care delivery improvements, such as:

3 Ways Your Data Management Practices Threaten Your Hospital’s Performance and Reputation

Massively Wasteful and Vulnerable to Errors…

Today’s data management practices – which are massively wasteful and highly vulnerable to error – are not in step with the enormous volume of data entering health systems. With this increased volume of data floating around your institution, lack of attention and action to manage it appropriately brings risk to quality of care, staff retention, and the accreditation of your specialty units.

9 Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communication Chaos


Communications in healthcare have become a web of information that is difficult to navigate and manage. Beeps from patient monitoring systems, constantly changing on-call schedules, diverse mobile devices, and the rise in care complexity mean more sophisticated communication technology is required to connect the right people with the right information for top-notch patient care.

In this eBrief, you’ll learn nine tips to cope with the chaos and improve patient care.

Seizing the Big Data Opportunity in Healthcare

The demand for better, actionable, data has escalated as the industry shifts to a value-based model where financial success is now linked to patient outcomes. This has incentivized researchers to mine data and discover which treatments are most effective and identify patterns in hospital readmissions, allowing for better reimbursements. By harnessing this big data, the healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries stand to greatly benefit.

Taking full advantage of big data can result in additional benefits such as:

Electronic Signatures for Healthcare

The trend to digitize and transform healthcare is accelerating. Healthcare professionals, administrators and providers agree: it is time to transition from paper to digital. As a result of moving paperless, the traditional forms for signing documents have changed. These now require electronic signatures.

The US Federal ESIGN law defines an electronic signature as “an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to, or associated with, a contract or other record and adopted by a person with the intent to sign a record.”

Case Study - Baylor College of Medicine: Taking Research and Discovery to the Cloud

The Challenge

To conduct even more groundbreaking research and publish results faster, Baylor College must enable its faculty and students to concentrate on their research without distractions. However, procuring IT infrastructure for research projects is an expensive and lengthy task.

Where does Baylor College turn?

The Resolve

To the cloud – specifically, private discovery cloud infrastructure.

Driving True Patient Engagement Beyond The Basic Patient Portal

Some healthcare organizations have a patient portal in place simply to meet meaningful use requirements. Others, however, are taking a more strategic approach to patient engagement. In “Driving True Patient Engagement: Beyond the Basic Patient Portal”, P. Nelson Le, MD, senior clinical advisor at InterSystems, explains how the next generation of portal technology, untethered from individual EHRs, can be part of a robust patient engagement initiative that transforms patient behavior and improves patient/clinician collaboration.

Cloud Computing—Lowering Cost and Complexity Barriers in the Healthcare Industry

IT has been tasked to deliver fast, reliable, and secure access to critical information while handling the growing volumes of clinical notes, images, diagnostics, scheduling, and billing, all while adhering to HIPAA and HiTech mandates.

How can healthcare organizations acquire the necessary hardware and software to envelope this vast chasm of medical data while remaining compliant and in budget?

E-book: Defending the BYOD Healthcare Landscape: Strategies for Safeguarding Patient Data

When it comes to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, enterprises face an inherent conflict between leveraging the potential benefits of flexibility, productivity, and individual choice offered by mobile devices, while maintaining centralized oversight and addressing security and privacy concerns.

Many issues still stand in the way of the advancement of BYOD implementation. However, there are forward-looking enterprises that are loosening restrictions while addressing data security and privacy. Additional areas of focus for BYOD implementation are:

Focus on Technology: Preparing your practice for ICD-10


The October 1st ICD-10 deadline is approaching. Is your medical practice ready?

Healthcare organizations that fail testament to ICD-10 IT requirements will risk reimbursement delays, increased claim rejections, and reduced reimbursement due to incorrect or incomplete documentation.

E-book: To The Cloud! A New Age in Healthcare IT

As more and more healthcare organizations are making the shift to the cloud, data security, successful implementation, and patient privacy have become top-of-mind concerns.

With the vast amounts of data housed in healthcare organizations, it is vital to the security of the information and the success of the implementation that certain precautions are taken. Cloud computing allows for analysis of these large data sets, enabling us to build better outcomes and better diagnoses.

E-book: The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Revenue Cycle Management: Vital Forward-Thinking Investments

As healthcare and IT merge into a cohesive entity, providers look towards technological innovation to find the next “cure” in fighting disease, advancing quality of care, and still meeting the financial bottom line.

With recent legislation from HIPAA, ICD-10 and Meaningful Use, hospitals are now legally obligated to meet lofty (and expensive) standards for their healthcare information technology (HIT) hardware and software. How do these organizations comply with these mandates without breaking the bank?

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:

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

Transitions of care and discharge can be a major challenge 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.

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