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Why You Should Value Caring About Value-Based Care

Why You Should Value Caring About Value-Based Care

For years, healthcare’s financial incentive framework has been based on a fee-for-service model. This means that providers and hospitals are paid based on the number of healthcare services they provide. A higher volume of tests or procedures results in greater payments to the entities that provide them. The seemingly important element that is left out of this equation is whether the patient, who is being subjected to these tests and procedures, is experiencing improved health.

Quick, what's the good news?

Quick, what's the good news?

It’s had to find good news in the report published by Protenus Breach Barometer. Their research says there were, on average, one significant protected health information breach per day during the month of January 2017. As a company that helps prevent criminal acquisition of data, I can say that I am not surprised. If you are sensitive to the issue, you’ll regularly see this kind of news.

We Have an EMR, Why Can’t We Quickly Identify Patients?

We Have an EMR, Why Can’t We Quickly Identify Patients?

Recently while attending the AHIMA Conference last month in Baltimore I engaged in a number of conversations during the general sessions. As you may have guessed, many of the topics revolved around EMR integrations and data extraction. Being a conference for HIM professional’s, clinical documentation was also a major concern.

Prevent PHI from Falling into the Wrong Hands

Prevent PHI from Falling into the Wrong Hands

They are systematically gathering data about all of us.  No bit of data is too small because it could be a critical piece of the puzzle that connects all of the seemingly unimportant information they’ve already collected on you.  Imagine creating a digital picture of you, one pixel at a time.  Get it?  No wait, they’ve got it.

Medical Errors are Causing Patient Deaths: Here's How We're Saving Lives

Medical Errors are Causing Patient Deaths: Here's How We're Saving Lives

The headline Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death is a popular title for a recent study that highlights the impact diagnostic errors can have on patients.

A web search turned up similar headlines every few years going back to the 1990’s. Clearly, not much has changed.  There are still too many diagnostic errors and not enough has been done to reduce the carnage. 

Automated PHI redaction makes clinical data management easier

Automated PHI redaction makes clinical data management easier

Spend more time finding a cure and less time finding and redacting PHI.

Three Things to Do Right Now to Tame Your Lab Results Data Entry Backlog

Three Things to Do Right Now to Tame Your Lab Results Data Entry Backlog

When you get to the office in the morning, is there a backlog of lab results waiting to be entered in patients’ electronic medical records for you and your team?  If so, then read on…

Were you thinking of the word dread?  Or how about, “I hate it when…

How to Navigate a Transplant System Improvement Agreement Process Blog #4

How to Navigate a Transplant System Improvement Agreement Process Blog #4

Previously we have discussed in general what happens when your center comes under regulatory scrutiny and what you can expect.  Today, we will begin to look in greater detail at what a System Improvement Agreement (SIA) entails, the items that the hospital commits to fulfill and some strategies for addressing them.

What do a road trip and health information have in common?

What do a road trip and health information have in common?

I recently spent three days driving across the northern Midwestern States and through a good part of Canada with a longtime friend as we headed to a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure.  As you might imagine our conversations spanning those 72 hours took as many twists and turns as did the roads we traveled.   However, one saying my friend repeated several times stood out among many insightful remarks he’d made, “Your judgement is only as good as your information.“

Is Your EMR Inbox Managing You?

Is Your EMR Inbox Managing You?

There’s no question that users rely on the EMR In Basket for day-to-day workflow management. The “In Basket” or “Inbox,” depending on what EMR you’re using, provides a centralized location to receive notifications and important patient information, such as admission and discharge notifications, new lab results, refill requests, patient calls, appointment reminders, patient portal communication and much more.

An ounce of prevention: Getting data into the EMR

An ounce of prevention: Getting data into the EMR

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Or, reduce medical errors through better documentation. Which one of these expressions do we tend to remember? In healthcare we hear quite a bit of talk these days on reducing medical errors. Of course this is with good reason. When getting data into the EMR, errors such as inaccurate or delayed results, can negatively impact patient health and lead to extended hospital stays, unnecessary treatment or worse. As a matter of fact, many healthcare organizations are now striving to eliminate mistakes and streamline efficiency by adopting principles such as Six Sigma and other business practices which are designed to continuously evaluate and improve best practices. 

Lab Data Requirements and Health Data Capture

Lab Data Requirements and Health Data Capture

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulates laboratory testing performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to ensure quality laboratory testing. CLIA sets high standards for quality control, validation of data and tests, equipment calibration, proper training and certification of users and clear end result reporting that meets proper lab data requirements.

Are "too many clicks" part of your health data challenges?

Are "too many clicks" part of your health data challenges?

Health data challenges are a part of any healthcare organization. Frustration is a natural consequence. This is also a common topic in most healthcare press lately. It often feels like depending on which way the wind is blowing, the consensus is that EMR adoption by clinicians is either improving or getting worse. A recent KLAS report indicates adoption is improving across the globe. The decision to move to an enterprise EMR for most organizations often includes as a factor the goal of reducing the total number of applications supported. Initiatives to improve adoption then becomes a challenge if your department's prized application is removed for something "less than robust". Along with pain and frustration, keeping your clinicians happy is also a challenge

Transplant Evaluation # 4: Selection Process & the Transplant Database

Transplant Evaluation # 4: Selection Process & the Transplant Database

In our last post in this series, we talked about the challenges of getting ready for the selection committee meeting. As a transplant coordinator, the selection committee meeting is your opportunity to advocate for your patient that you have been nurturing from the initial evaluation until this upcoming meeting. Now that your patient has completed the pre-transplant evaluation which I covered in the first post in this series, the decision of whether or not to add them to the waiting list must be made.

Reduce errors when getting data into the EHR from non-interfaced sources

Reduce errors when getting data into the EHR from non-interfaced sources

A common concern expressed about automated clinical data extraction is “How can we be sure that the data going into the EHR is correct?"

We still hear from some hospitals that they are not performing manual data entry because the risk of error is too great.

Medical Record Software & Accessibility – Where did I leave my notes?

Medical Record Software & Accessibility – Where did I leave my notes?

Healthcare Informatics recently published an article most of us can relate to—that if you want to remember something important, it helps to write it down. Information is only useful if available. According to the article, Research: Access to Docs’ Notes Increases Medication Aherence, researchers at Geisinger Health System found that patients who had access to their doctor’s notes demonstrated an improved adherence to a medication regimen. [medical record software and information accessibility

Transplant Evaluation Part 3: Best practices & health data challenges

Transplant Evaluation Part 3: Best practices & health data challenges

Transplant Evaluation Process Part 3 in a 6 part blog series

Once the transplant evaluation visit has been completed, the required testing and other consults that were ordered or deemed necessary need to be completed. Frequently, this is the most time consuming segment of the evaluation process and where automation can be most useful.