Why you should share notes with patients

Posted by Tom Delbanco, MD, MACP, Co-Founder, OpenNotes on January 9, 2018

Ample evidence indicates that improved patient engagement is better for doctors and patients. With EHRs and government regulations, the rise of patient portals has been dramatic. A recent AMA study says that 92% of hospitals offer the ability to view medical records through an online portal (compared to 43% in 2013). But availability of an online portal doesn’t mean patients are accessing or getting value from it. How can we help patients move from simply looking up lab results, requesting refills, and checking schedules to more active and meaningful engagement? One technically simple, but remarkably powerful answer is to have clinicians share their visit notes with patients. It’s something we call OpenNotes.

Read More

Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement

How EHRs give time back to nurses

It goes without saying that nurses are busy. Caring for patients and keeping up with documentation (amidst their many other clinical responsibilities) takes up the majority of their time and resources. However, there are tools that nurses should add to their arsenal, that won’t take more time out of their day, but rather, give time back to them.

Read More

Topics: Nursing, How to, Nurse

How providers can bridge care gaps caused by social determinants of health

As care providers, we do everything we can to ensure that our patients have the best possible outcomes. However, we tend to think we have a lot more control than we actually do.

Read More

Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement

MEDITECH’s 5 best blogs of 2017

All year, the MEDITECH Blog has given industry thought leaders a platform to share their stories and their strategies for success. Patient portals, cyber attacks, the latest MACRA news; if it’s happening in healthcare, we’re talking about it. In case you missed them the first time around, we’ve rounded up MEDITECH’s five most popular blog posts of 2017.

Read More

Topics: Healthcare IT

5 tools designed to prevent nurse burnout

I recently attended an Advisory Board session on nurse manager overload and the contributing factors that lead to nurse burnout. We all know that nurse burnout is an issue that affects both staff and patients, so it was an enlightening topic to learn more about.

Read More

Topics: Nursing, How to, Nurse

How and why you should implement an antimicrobial stewardship program

According to the CDC, between 20% - 50% of antibiotics prescribed in U.S. acute care hospitals were deemed unnecessary or inappropriate. That staggering statistic got us at HCA thinking. We knew that there was an overuse of antibiotics, but I'm not sure that any of us realized the extent of the problem.  

Read More

Topics: Physician

Beyond the numbers: Creative ways to address population health

Posted by John Marzinzik, CEO, Frisbie Memorial Hospital on November 20, 2017

Population health is a very broad topic; it’s not just about collecting and analyzing data.

For us at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, it’s been about finding creative ways to address the health concerns that we identify in our patients, understanding that we need to keep them healthy outside the hospital walls.

Read More

Topics: Population Health

Obtaining an advanced EHR just got easier: meet 'MEDITECH as a Service'

Posted by Helen Waters, Executive Vice President, MEDITECH on November 16, 2017

Whether a hospital has 6 or 600 beds, clinicians require the right tools to provide quality patient care. If only it were that simple, right?

Procuring a modern EHR can be complex and costly, pulling on an organization’s resources from all angles — not to mention having to navigate numerous third party products in order to meet all their needs. For smaller healthcare organizations, this can become an especially daunting experience.

Read More

Topics: Security, EHR, Revenue Cycle, C-level, Health IT

What you need to know about the MACRA final ruling

On Halloween, as I was waiting for MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP) Year 2 ruling to be finalized, I was pondering tricks and treats. Would practices find a full sized candy bar when the door opened or a toothbrush? As trick-or-treaters often find, the ruling was a little of both. For me, the trick is a ruling that came in at a hefty 1,653 pages: the treat, the 20+ page fact sheet and executive summary.

Read More

Topics: Government Regulations, MACRA, C-level

Welcoming new members, deployment strategies key themes at the 2017 CommonWell annual general meeting and fall summit

For the third year in a row, MEDITECH proudly hosted the CommonWell Health Alliance Annual General Meeting and Fall Summit last week at our Joanne Wood Conference Center in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The annual Member gathering provides a valuable opportunity to gather and reflect on the many achievements the Alliance and its members have attained throughout the year.

Read More

Topics: Interoperability, C-level

Let us help you do more.

We're here to provide healthcare IT resources that inform and empower healthcare professionals all over the world. 

Explore MEDITECH Expanse

Subscribe to Our Blog

You can unsubscribe at any time

Recent Posts

Do you have a story to share?

Let Us Know