How nursing roles are expanding to support population health efforts


In order to build healthier communities and improve population health management, providers need information about a patients’ health that goes beyond clinical factors. 

How can we achieve this? 

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Topics: EHR, Population Health, Health IT, nurses

Progress in the fight against the opioid epidemic


National Recovery Month  sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is observed every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy, rewarding lives.

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Topics: Patient Safety, C-level

Can we talk? Communication isn’t just for patients and physicians anymore


The rapid pace of change in healthcare today doesn’t just necessitate better technologies to keep pace; it also requires better communication. Whether it involves conversations between patients and physicians, handoffs between clinicians of different specialties, interoperable data exchange, or even the ability of care organizations to connect with their IT vendors - clear communication is often what makes the difference between a good outcome, and a poorer one.

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Topics: C-level, Health IT

Improving coordinated labor and delivery care for mothers and babies


Among the many tasks that nurses face, one of the most challenging — and rewarding — is supporting mothers through childbirth. 

Because labor and delivery can be unpredictable, requiring nurses to monitor and interpret lots of data while managing their patients safely, it’s critical that they have all the information they need to make the right clinical decisions.

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Topics: Nurse

How Home Health agencies can prepare for the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model


Home Health agencies across the United States are preparing for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) that will create new requirements for the Home Health industry.

Last month on the MEDITECH News page, we covered Low Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) and the Home Health Resource Group (HHRG) vs. Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS).

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Topics: Home Care, Government Regulations

How to improve discharge procedures for homeless patients


When people think of life in California, they often think of movie stars, mansions, and pristine beaches. The reality can sometimes be less glamorous. Since 2016, the homeless population in California has risen by 13 percent. There are now an estimated 130,000 homeless individuals living across California, including 50,000 in Los Angeles alone. Walking the streets in San Bernardino County, the sight of people sleeping in cars, under bridges, and in parks is all too common. 

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Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement, Social Determinants

5 blogs to improve your cybersecurity strategy


With the recent hacking and security breaches in the news, cybersecurity is back at the top of the news — but for healthcare executives and IT managers, we know that keeping patient data safe is an ongoing concern.

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Topics: Security, Healthcare IT

Overcoming rural hospital challenges through community engagement at Comanche County


According to a new report from Navigant, 21% of rural hospitals in the U.S. are at a high risk of closing. Lack of liquidity, outdated technology, and knowledge gaps with minimal financial resources to fill them are just a few of the challenges rural hospitals are struggling to overcome. Despite these alarming statistics and obstacles, there are steps organizations can take to be successful and address socioeconomic drivers for their communities

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Topics: Productivity, Patient Engagement, Social Determinants

The future of care delivery [Video]


What’s next for healthcare technology and nurses? This year at HIMSS19 MEDITECH’s Associate Vice President, Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN BC, spoke with Patient Orator about the evolution of healthcare technology.

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Topics: Nursing, Health IT

Thought Leader Podcast: Cloud computing in healthcare


In our latest thought leader podcast, I spoke with Jim Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at CloudWave about the role of cloud computing in healthcare.

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Topics: CIO, Podcast, C-level, Healthcare IT