Using the cloud to ‘untether’ medicine from wired tech

Posted by Howard Messing, CEO, MEDITECH on March 20, 2019

A little over 35 years ago, on Feb. 8, 1984, astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart left the space shuttle on mission STS-41-B for the first-ever untethered space walk, becoming what the New York Times called “the first human satellites.”

Today, in clinical settings all over the world, healthcare clinicians benefit from the same sense of untethering from wired technology, thanks to the evolution of the cloud.

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Topics: Interoperability, Healthcare IT, Transformative Technology

How EHRs can give physicians their “pajama time” back [Infographic]


It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges for doctors in healthcare today is physician burnout.

An often cited NEJM study found that physicians routinely take 1–2 hours of EHR/paperwork home each night, an activity commonly referred to as “pajama time”. But what can be done? With properly developed EHR software, you can avoid a significant portion of these physician burnout issues.

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Topics: Physician, EHR

Five hospitals, two organizations, and one eMAR come together to improve patient safety

Posted by Alicia Stevens, R.Ph.T. on March 12, 2019

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of harm around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cost associated with medication errors is around $42 billion USD annually. Likewise, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has documented over $140 million Canadian dollars in direct and indirect healthcare expenditures due to preventable medication hospitalizations, with lost productivity (including time off work) adding an additional $12 million in costs.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Safety, Health IT

Let’s celebrate nurses in 2019


 As nurses, we understand that our role continues to evolve within healthcare as a whole — and the tools that nurses use in delivering care are also changing.

That’s why this year, we’ll be hosting and attending several events aimed at exploring new innovations that help nurses in their critical role of making the safest, most appropriate decisions for their patients. One of the most exciting advances in health IT is the ongoing development of technology that assists clinical decision-making and engages patients in their care.

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Topics: Nursing

Thought leader podcast series: Addressing the opioid crisis


In our latest Thought Leader podcast, I speak with Phil Campbell, CIO and VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD), about how his organization has been addressing the opioid crisis through its award-winning Opioid Stewardship Program

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Topics: CIO, Podcast, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Patient Safety

What’s next? A look at the future of health IT at HIMSS19


I flew out of Logan Airport in Boston at 5:30 a.m. last Monday, and was eager to head to sunny Orlando as a first time HIMSS attendee. The next three days were a whirlwind of innovation, shared ideas, and excitement about the future of health IT.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Interoperability, C-level, Health IT

MACRA’s 6 resolutions for improving patient care in 2019


January is traditionally an opportunity to set goals for the year ahead, and while there’s no shortage of advice on how to maintain New Year’s resolutions, 80 percent of people break their resolutions after an average of six weeks.

If you’re like me and starting to feel the waning motivation that February brings, there is hope — we can look to the healthcare industry to be re-inspired by the discipline required to stay successful.

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Topics: Government Regulations, MACRA, Interoperability

5 reasons to be excited for HIMSS19


Let me tell you why I’m really excited to be attending my first HIMSS.

First and foremost is the evolution of healthcare IT. The strides we’ve made in the past few years have been phenomenal. Leading technology providers and app developers are now embracing healthcare IT and connecting new innovative technologies to leading EHR platforms, making HIMSS a great opportunity to see what the future holds.

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Topics: Lists, C-level, Health IT

Integrated prescription drug monitoring supports smarter opioid prescribing


Having a clear view of a patient’s prescription history is one of the most important tools a doctor can have during the opioid crisis. That’s why we recently integrated our EHR with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) at Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare IT, Implementation

What should hospitals do to improve clinician satisfaction with their EHR? The answer may surprise you.


In a recent survey conducted by KLAS, 45 percent of physicians disagreed with the concept their EHR helps them provide quality care. That’s an astounding — and troubling — number, especially when you consider that EHRs are becoming just as widespread and integral to health care as tongue depressors.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Transformative Technology