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Thought leader podcast series: Big Data


In the debut of MEDITECH’s thought leader podcast series, I chat with Raphael Jaffrezic, CIO of Galway Clinic (Galway, Ireland) about the importance of big data in healthcare today. During our discussion, Raphael shares some examples of how Galway Clinic has leveraged analytics from their MEDITECH system to streamline processes and improve patient care. Raphael also shares his thoughts on the future of big data in healthcare and discusses how Galway Clinic’s upcoming migration to the MEDITECH Web EHR platform will further improve the data they capture.

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Topics: CIO, Big Data, Podcast

Cybersecurity: 5 ways to keep your EHR data as safe as your patients

Posted by Justin Armstrong on March 21, 2017

The hacking business has hit retail establishments, financial institutions, and now, more than ever, healthcare. It can get overwhelming when you see headlines of healthcare organizations getting attacked with ransomware, malware, viruses, loss of patient records, and all sorts of cybersecurity breaches.

The potential solutions and vendor options to protect your organization can cost a lot of money and can be overwhelmingly technical. What can you do? While it’s not possible to have absolutely perfect cybersecurity, here are 5 simple ways that can help you keep patient data safe.

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Topics: Security

Q&A with Tom Stafford, a 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader


 Tom Stafford, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health, has been selected as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017.

“The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld.

The Computerworld AGENDA17 conference, including recognition of the Premier 100 Technology Leaders, is scheduled for March 20 to 22, 2017, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Stafford spoke about his nomination by phone from his office at Halifax Health.

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Topics: Q&A, Industry Leaders

4 characteristics of a fully digital healthcare organization


Dr. Peter Bak, CIO at Humber River Hospital (HRH) in Toronto, was named 2016 Canadian CIO of the Year by the Information Technology Association of Canada. Under Dr. Bak’s leadership, HRH has deployed a staggering array of cutting-edge technologies, leading observers to declare it “North America’s first fully digital hospital.” In this blog post, Dr. Bak shares four characteristics of a fully digital hospital. As he is quick to point out, it means much more than going paperless!

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Topics: Lists, CIO

How we achieved a 99% query response rate with our EHR


 As Medical Director of Clinical Document Improvement at St. Joseph Health, it is my department’s responsibility to facilitate an accurate representation of a patient’s clinical status, which can be translated into useable, coded data. This data is then processed into quality reporting, physician report cards, public health data, disease tracking, and ultimately reimbursement. As a multi-specialty 380-bed hospital in Orange, CA, with one of the busiest Emergency Departments west of the Mississippi, getting our physicians to document has been an important responsibility.

Over the past few years at St. Joe’s, we’ve made it our goal to get our physicians to adopt best practices for documentation. Our IT staff cannot code from nurses’ notes, or from reports from the lab, radiology, EKG, or pathology. So in terms of useable data, if the physician didn’t personally document something, it didn’t happen.

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Topics: Government Regulations, Physician, EHR, Productivity

5 ways nurses can use EHRs to help with pain management


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans are likely to die each year from a drug overdose than from traffic accidents. And opioids account for more than three out of five overdose deaths. These scary statistics prompted me to initiate a discussion with MEDITECH’s Nurse Advisory Committee, comprised of 16 clinicians from different specialities throughout the US. From their collective experience, we came up with several ways that nurses and other providers can use their electronic health records to help patients manage pain, without falling into addictive drug use patterns. Here’s our top five: 

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Topics: Lists, Nurse

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