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Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
Healthcare reforms have prompted hospitals across the country to improve cost efficiencies wherever they can. In response, the accounts payable department of Southern Louisiana's Ochsner Health System discovered a solution that helped improve cash management while reducing costs. The team partnered with American Express to help drive down its operating costs and actually recast itself as a model for efficiency across the Ochsner organization-a role unheard of in a traditionally back-office department. Declared one senior leader: "What started out as a departmental project became a true strategic initiative across our entire organization."
Position Your Organization for Success
There is a clear opportunity for the dining program to play a more strategic role - one that addresses the needs of three key stakeholder segments: patients, employees, and the community. A new Lead With Dining model illustrates how food and dining in hospitals serve the needs and desires of those three stakeholder segments, and pulls all related activities together into a comprehensive strategy that supports and promotes the hospital's brand. Lead With Dining combines nutrition, culinary expertise, hospitality and education to support your commitment to quality care and population health.
Beaumont Health System found a solution to automate the creation and submitting of government-mandated reports on hospital-acquired infections from its EHR. In the process, their solution also lead to improved patient safety and better responsiveness to the healthcare needs of its community. Read the case study to learn how.
Measuring hand hygiene compliance is fundamental to demonstrating improvement, and providing healthcare workers (HCWs) with timely feedback regarding their performance is a critical element of an effective hand hygiene program. There are currently challenges to providing timely feedback, but technologies are beginning to emerge that can help healthcare facilities change the way hand hygiene compliance is measured and enable them to devote less time to direct observation. In this whitepaper, we discuss the challenges and limitations of direct observation, the "gold standard" of hand hygiene compliance measurement, and provide an overview of electronic compliance monitoring system technologies, and factors to consider when evaluating these systems.
Insights for Healthcare Organizations Looking to Improve Patient Outcomes
The digitization of data has empowered both healthcare providers and patients to improve how, when and where healthcare is administered, giving patients greater control over their personal health and well-being. The promise of delivering real-time communication, increased collaboration, and cost efficiencies is already being realized. From electronic health records (EHRs) and picture archive and communications systems (PACS) to remote diagnostics and patient-centered apps, vast amounts of data are being generated, analyzed and used to improve the quality of patient care. But how is that data accessed, managed and shared to help provide more personalized and consistent patient care?
Increasingly, diagnostic testing is moving to the point-of-care. Pulmonary function tests that were once performed only in full-service hospital PFT labs are now being done in less than 20 minutes in physician offices and at the patient bedside, thanks to the development of highly sophisticated and accurate mobile devices. ndd Medical's EasyOne Pro ®, a compact 12-inch portable device that rivals the functionality of a PFT lab, is helping to prevent COPD readmissions, increasing patient satisfaction and convenience, saving highly valuable clinical space, and eliminating the problems inherent in transporting patients to distant labs.
Health systems, especially accountable care organizations (ACOs) must retain patients throughout their continuum of care. Losing patients to competing providers (network leakage) results in revenue losses for the system. Reducing network leakage and improving the bottom line come from physician engagement, effective communication between leadership and providers, and consensus in care strategy.
Order sets bring together established clinical protocols, proven best practices and medical content to guide the care process. By streamlining the delivery of standardized care, they can improve patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. As you conduct your search for the right order set solution, make sure you ask the questions that will ensure the one you select will meet your organization's long-term goals and the needs of your clinicians.
Care Communications' latest cancer registry white paper takes an in-depth look at the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). Topics covered include why hospitals need RQRS; participation requirements; benefits of the RQRS for facilities and patients; how to prepare for RQRS implementation and resources for more information.
In this white paper, written by Paul Shumway, senior vice president of Novarad, learn more about replacing your PACS system and imaging archive system. This paper will explore the most common reasons for PACS replacement: dissatisfaction with current system; changes in fiscal decisions; and limitations on image storing capabilities.
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