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May 2010 Features

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  Products and Services


HIMSS

 April 2010


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  Pioneers


Who’s Managing Your Revenue Cycle?

 April 2010

Ontario  Systems

As hospitals are continually challenged to improve patient care, reduce costs and...


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  Viewpoint


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 By Ken Anderberg, April 2010


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  Pioneers


The cost of data processing

 By Art Randall, April 2010

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One of the strongest characteristics that I have observed of data processing in the hospital industry is the emphasis upon cost rather than results. I have heard statements such as "Our system costs only $1 a patient day," while at the same time their days in receivables were in the high 80s. I have heard others that chose systems based upon the low bid by the vendor, with little or no attention given to the personnel cost that would accrue.

Take, for example, a decision to order and install a new computer, based upon the old saw that it "does more and costs less." Most of us still cling to the idea that the computer itself is the largest single cost of data processing, while we have, at the same time, seen DP costs rise overall, and the cost of computers continue a decreasing cost slide that has been in existence for the past 20 years.


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  Thought Leaders


Four ideas to improve staff management

 By Michael Meisel, April 2010

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The chasm between finance and nursing can be addressed with features and functions that safeguard the quality of patient care by optimizing appropriate and effective staffing.

Finance and nursing have different perspectives and priorities for hospital-information technology. This is particularly evident in the evaluation of enterprise work-force-management systems for staffing and scheduling. In fact, when it comes to staffing and scheduling, there is a chasm between finance and nursing.


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  Thought Leaders


Five steps to keep EMRs private

 By Saurabh Bhatnagar, April 2010

Saurabh BhatnagarSimple ways exist for implementing technical safeguards to mitigate security risks, while becoming compliant and maintaining current levels of service.

Government-mandated migration to electronic medical records (EMR) brings with it inherent risks of healthcare information technology. Patient data in digital format is constantly at risk from intentional data manipulation or theft, accidental record access, and the ever-present risk of exposure to malware.

Other issues include the high cost of initial implementation, the logistical challenge that comes with necessary work-flow restructuring and the pressure to maintain current levels of service without interruption. Often, these issues pose significant challenges to business continuity and take priority over security — which can threaten compliance with HIPAA.


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  Industry Watch


Healthcare IT spending expected to increase

 April 2010


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  Hospital Information Systems


An Intelligent Patient Focus

 By David Baum, April 2010

David BaumLike many emergency rooms throughout North America, Cambridge Memorial Hospital had a practical, hands-on system for tracking patients and treatments: a large whiteboard mounted on the wall that could be quickly updated with felt-tip markers. The whiteboard was easy to see, easy to modify and it enabled both clinicians and administrators to keep a close eye on emergency room (ER) activities. The problem was that the whiteboard was not extensible. Staff could not obtain information from the board unless they were standing in front of it and the board could only be updated with information already known to staff in the ER. This traditional manual whiteboard did not present any new information to the department's providers.


Tagged:    Hospital Information Systems


  Hospital Information Systems


Change unmanageable work-flow procedures

 By Health Management technology, April 2010

Work-flow  Management

System provides physician practice with streamlined work flow, easy user interface, filing templates, reduced costs, and organization and multitasking of documents.

ChoiceCare Physicians, an eight-doctor private-practice physicians' group specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, was using a dated electronic medical record (EMR) program and found that it was not meeting expectations. The office had a filing room full of charts that nurses or other staff would spend hours in, looking for charts for their next-day appointments. Sometimes, they could not find a chart. Since diagnostic reports are in constant demand, staffers could not afford to have a chart go missing or spend hours tracking their progress through the current system. Also, if a patient called wanting results, finding their report took a long time.


Tagged:    Hospital Information Systems


  EMR / EHR


VA strengthens critical patient-safety procedure

 April 2010

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Two systems replace traditional paper-based informed-consent process with an electronic time-out checklist integrated into electronic records.

The "time-out" process is an established, but often overlooked, mechanism for preventing a critical patient-safety issue: wrong-site/wrong-procedure/wrong-patient surgery. At a minimum, this process involves a standard by which members of the surgical team are required to agree on the correct patient identity, the correct procedure site and the procedure to be performed.

 


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  EMR / EHR


Keep the wireless network healthy

 April 2010

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LibertyHealth upgraded its wireless network to assure users had the 24-hour access needed by healthcare applications.

Patients' vital signs are not the only information LibertyHealth needs to monitor at its hospitals, health centers and other facilities in the Jersey City, N.J., region. From high-tech infant care and adult surgery to in-hospital rehabilitation and home-care services, the system's medical personnel depend on a wide range of networked applications. These, in turn, depend on a reliable wireless network.


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  Hospital Information Systems


Where revenue-cycle management goes wrong

 By Chittaranjan Mallipeddi, April 2010

HMT

Increased profits, streamlined operations and a strengthened financial position are all benefits of the right type of RCM implementation.

A successful revenue-cycle management (RCM) program creates opportunities for healthcare providers to increase profits, streamline operations and strengthen the financial backbone of their practice or institution. RCM implementations also provide opportunities for things to "go wrong." When not addressed, certain obstacles can impact the level of adoption, efficacy and financial impact. By taking into account the most-common problem areas, healthcare providers can increase their chances of a successful program.


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  Revenue Cycle Management


Use standards-based approach for integration

 By Toni Skokovic, April 2010

HMT

Blending with custom interfaces can yield efficiencies and shorten the time required to deliver diagnostic information to care providers.

Getting accurate information about imaging procedures to clinicians at various points of care can enable a healthcare organization to optimize the value of radiology studies, many of which incur significant costs. In the context of patient-centered care, participants across the care continuum should be able to effectively access, use and share information derived from radiology studies.


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