Health IT crisis and disaster planning recommendations for COVID-19


This post originally appeared on the CereCore blog

We are at an unprecedented time in our history, and much of the impact of COVID-19 has not been experienced in our lifetime. Most health systems have well-established crisis and disaster plans that encompasses IT, but these plans haven’t been tested to this degree until now.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Care Coordination, Coronavirus

MEDITECH stands with providers in the fight against COVID-19

Posted by Howard Messing, CEO, MEDITECH on March 24, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak presents an unprecedented challenge to the medical community — and the pandemic has shaken many of the basic functions of society. It has been an inspiration to see healthcare experts and front-line providers maintain their vigilance and professionalism under exceedingly trying conditions.

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Topics: Interoperability, C-level, Health IT, Coronavirus

Delivering care differently in the age of COVID-19, through virtual care


The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to test modern healthcare in ways never seen before. Physicians and nurses worldwide are being called to service, risking their own well-being to help an alarming volume of ill and worried patients. How we manage this emergency depends largely upon the quality of tools available to help us improve safety for our patient and clinician communities.

These tools include technologies that can help slow the spread of this new, highly transmissible virus through social distancing, allowing us to work with patients to determine the most appropriate venue of care.

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Topics: Patient Safety, C-level, Coronavirus

CommonWell enables Valley Presbyterian Hospital to focus on managing patient data instead of finding it

Posted by CommonWell Health Alliance on March 17, 2020

*Reposted with the approval of CommonWell Health Alliance. Original post can be found here.*

Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH), a MEDITECH EHR customer and one of the largest full-service acute care facilities in the San Fernando Valley, serves millions of patients throughout the Los Angeles area. With a diverse and often vulnerable patient population, VPH clinicians depend on seamless exchange of patients’ clinical data to ensure they have the most complete view of the individuals they treat.

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Topics: Big Data, Interoperability, C-level

MEDITECH staff share what patient safety means to them


When it comes to ensuring patient safety, everyone has a role to play. Patient Safety Awareness Week presents a valuable opportunity for healthcare organizations to promote safety awareness in their communities, and to continue to think of ways in which they might make patient safety part of their workplace culture

To close out the week, I asked MEDITECH clinical staff to share personal experiences that inspired their commitment to ensuring patient safety, and the direction in which they see healthcare heading. As they show us, it’s real people with real stories who are driving change in healthcare. 

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Topics: Nurse, Patient Safety, Patients

How to create a culture that values patient safety


The World Health Organization estimates that 134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, resulting in some 2.6 million deaths, with most adverse events being preventable. 

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Topics: Physician, Patient Safety

Not every EHR deserves an "F" for usability


EHRs have gotten a lot of flak from physicians for disrupting patient care in recent years, from poor navigation on information overload to meaningless data entry creating documentation geared for billing rather than clinical care. However, it’s important to remember that not all systems are created equal — at least in terms of usability.

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity

Why bulk data will make or break population health

Posted by Larry O'Toole, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH on February 27, 2020

Predictions in a field as rife with change as healthcare can be risky, but I’m going to venture out on a limb and say that 2020 will be our industry’s most pivotal year in at least a generation. A year from now I predict we’ll look back at 2020 as the year of interoperability.

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Topics: CIO, Population Health, Interoperability, C-level, Transformative Technology

How Ontario’s hospital partnerships are leading Canada’s public healthcare system transformation


A little over a year ago, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott announced the provincial government’s plan to revitalize the public healthcare system. The plan centers around creating a more integrated and sustainable system that focuses on patients’ needs and outcomes by connecting them to the right settings throughout their care journeys. 

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Topics: Government Regulations, EHR, Patients, Transformative Technology, Care Coordination

Combining clinical and business analytics for efficiency at Kalispell Regional


Managing big data is critical to the health of any organization and its patients, but these initiatives can be a drain on time and resources. One way to increase efficiency, measure progress, and improve performance is through the use of analytics.

By aggregating and analyzing clinical, financial and operational data, analytical reports and dashboards inform decision making and help improve outcomes. At its best, analytics make data more meaningful and provide vital insights about organizational performance. 

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Topics: Physician, Productivity, Big Data, Transformative Technology

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