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Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

PatientEngagementHIT For pediatric patients and their parent caregivers, fear in a hospital is a normal thing. Young patients can experience sensory overload, parent and child are often separated during procedures, and there is the looming fear of an adverse health event.   High anxiety can be detrimental to the pediatric patient experience, but many children’s hospitals are taking creative and effective...


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Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Services Expand Connected Health

mHealthIntelligence The emergence of asynchronous, or store-and-forward, telemedicine is giving rise to new platforms that stress collaboration and best practices over real-time, video-based treatment. Telemedicine is generally divided into three modalities: real-time...

Understanding Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

HITInfrastructure Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), sometimes called Hardware-as-a-Service, is becoming more popular as organizations migrate parts of their infrastructure to the cloud. Infrastructure delivered as a service can significantly cut back...

Pay-for-Performance Strategies for Independent Physicians, Small Practices

RevCycleIntelligence Pay-for-performance models aim to reward providers for high-quality care at lower costs. However, value-based reimbursement structures tend to require substantial upfront and ongoing investments and put practice revenue at risk, straining the...

What Are Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine?

HealthITAnalytics Since the beginning of recorded history, healthcare practitioners have striven to make their actions more effective for their patients by experimenting with different treatments, observing and sharing their results, and improving upon the efforts...

Effective Nurse Communication Skills and Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In healthcare facilities, nurses can be found nearly everywhere -- at patient screenings, in nursing stations, and, most importantly, with the patient in the exam room or at the bedside. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, making nurse-patient...

Is Project ECHO the Telemedicine Model That Healthcare Is Missing?

mHealthIntelligence A telemedicine platform developed about 15 years ago in New Mexico is now helping thousands of doctors across the country learn from specialists and manage care for patients with complex conditions. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health...

Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Consumerism with Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics As the remarkable, eventful year of 2017 lumbers to its cold and snowy close, healthcare organizations may feel as if they are starting 2018 on an unstable footing. From tragic natural disasters and devastating ransomware attacks to the first...

Pros and Cons of PACS, VNAs for Medical Image Data Storage

HITInfrastructure As healthcare providers invest in new medical imaging technologies that produce increasingly large and complex data files, organizations need to implement infrastructure tools that can support the storage and appropriate access of necessary patient...

Understanding the Basics of Clinical Decision Support Systems

HealthITAnalytics Clinical decision support systems are quickly becoming essential tools for healthcare providers as the volume of available data increases alongside their responsibility to deliver value-based care. Reducing clinical variation and duplicative...

For Ongoing ACO Shared Savings, Look Outside Inpatient, Primary Care

RevCycleIntelligence Seven years have passed since the Affordable Care Act catalyzed the idea of volume over value in the healthcare industry, paving the way for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to accrue shared shavings while focusing on population health....

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures to Improve Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT Between the various quality reporting and reimbursement requirements in the value-based care landscape, it seems as though there is no element of healthcare left unmeasured. But as industry professionals embrace patient-centricity, many are turning...

3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation

EHRIntelligence The goals of value-based care are clear — improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost — but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from...

How mHealth Technology Improves Population Health Messaging

mHealthIntelligence Healthcare providers are finding out that smartphones and mobile health messaging platforms are changing how they administer population health programs. The attraction is simple: smartphones, nowadays, are ubiquitous. With roughly 96 percent...

Overcoming Rural Hospital Revenue Cycle Management Challenges

RevCycleIntelligence Despite serving as a critical healthcare safety net for millions of patients, many rural hospitals are constantly on the brink of closing their doors due to a number of revenue cycle management challenges.  Eighty-two rural hospitals have...

Patient Pre-Registration Tips for a Quality Consumer Experience

PatientEngagementHIT Patient pre-registration is a key strategy for improving the onboarding and intake process, which can often get bogged down with complicated data collection and administrative tasks. By collecting patient intake materials ahead of the appointment,...

Telemedicine Robots: Out of Science Fiction and Into the Mainstream

mHealthIntelligence Long a staple of science fiction, robots are now proving their value as a telemedicine resource. Originally designed to ferry supplies around the hospital or give surgeons a steadier hand for delicate medical procedures, robots are now finding...

For Opioids and Substance Abuse, Big Data Analytics Is Just the Beginning

HealthITAnalytics Fentanyl, heroin, prescription opioids, and a growing number of synthetic drugs killed more than 50,000 Americans in 2016.  It is a statistic that is hard to compute –numbing in its scope and staggering in the sheer complexity of trying...

Navigating the Hype of Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Companies

HealthITAnalytics Few phrases in the healthcare IT world conjure up quite as much excitement as “artificial intelligence.”  Sweeping through vendor marketing teams like a tidal wave of opportunity, nearly every technology company has at least...

How to Build a Successful Healthcare Mobility Solution

HITInfrastructure Mobile devices are a significant part of health IT infrastructure as users look for the most convenient ways to use devices to treat patients. Building a healthcare mobility solution is key to ensuring the devices are fully supported and functioning...

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