5 blogs our readers loved in 2021

December 14, 2021 |  Lists, Health IT, Transformative Technology

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Cloud technology, digital health strategies in response to COVID-19, and improving patient safety through toolkits —these are just a few of the topics that resonated with our readers on the MEDITECH Blog this year.

As we continue to persevere through the challenges of the pandemic and highlight the importance of thought leadership in healthcare, let’s recap our five most popular blogs of the year and look forward to more exciting innovation and transformation in 2022.

  1. How Google and MEDITECH are charting a new course in digital healthcare

Esteban Lopez, MD, Americas Market Lead of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Google Cloud

Achieving innovation through partnerships plays an important role in supporting healthcare providers and their patients. In this blog, Esteban Lopez of Google Cloud shares how collaborations with leading healthcare IT companies like MEDITECH can lead to a more efficient healthcare system. Read the full blog to learn more about our shared mission to improve how clinicians do their work and how patients manage their own care.

  1. Preparing for the new Cures Act patient access deadline

Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, Executive Director, OpenNotes; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Amid the ongoing trend of remote healthcare services, the need for patients to have timely access to their health records remains a necessity. This blog from OpenNotes, an international movement based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provided resources in preparation for guidelines set by the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule that went into effect earlier this year. Visit OpenNotes for more information that can help ensure transparent communication between patients and clinicians. 

  1. Advancing digital health solutions beyond the pandemic

Michael Cole, Chief Technology and Privacy Officer at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Chief Information Officer of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen the need for digital solutions to be rapidly implemented to benefit both the patient and the provider. At Markham Stouffville Hospital, the swift adoption of virtual engagements across the continuum of care allowed staff to meet the needs of patients. Check it out to learn the key components for a smooth Virtual Visits rollout. 

  1. How Southern Ohio Medical Center uses MEDITECH Expanse Toolkits to provide safe, high quality care

Valerie DeCamp, DNP, RN, A-GNP-C, NE-BC, Vice President of Clinical Integration and Chief Quality Officer, Southern Ohio Medical Center

With a strong focus on safety and quality, Southern Ohio Medical Center needed a solution to help them identify issues sooner and streamline patient care. For this reason, it made perfect sense to include MEDITECH’s toolkits in their Expanse implementation. Check out this blog and learn more about the strategies SOMC used to gain results from toolkits in order to best serve their community.

  1. The Do's and Don'ts of a successful EHR implementation

TJ Temple, Executive Director of Information Technology, Ozarks Healthcare

For any healthcare organization, implementing a new EHR is a massive undertaking. When Ozarks Healthcare decided to move forward with a “one patient, one record” model, they gathered a number of lessons learned from the project. Read more for their list of takeaways and tips for a successful EHR implementation. 

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Written by Carol Bird, Senior Manager, Content, Branding & Digital Marketing, MEDITECH

For more than two decades, Carol Bird has helped shape the evolution of MEDITECH's marketing and communications strategy, managing the deep bench of content developers, editors, and project coordinators responsible for the company’s digital marketing and branding efforts. She oversees content creation across a wide spectrum of media, including video, blog, podcast, email, web, print, social media, and beyond, working directly with the executive team to plan, execute and measure the company’s campaigns. Carol speaks widely on topics related to marketing in the healthcare industry. Under Carol’s leadership, MEDITECH has won several creative excellence awards for the company’s blog, video content, and product launches. She holds a BA in English from College of the Holy Cross and has graduate-level training in publishing and communications.
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