Q&A: A conversation with Dr. Doug Kanis about MEDITECH Expanse


Recently, MEDITECH's Carol Bird had an opportunity to sit down with Dr. Doug Kanis, an Internist and CMIO at Pella Regional Health Center (Pella, IA). They discussed how Expanse's intuitive design, mobility, and interoperability helps physicians increase efficiency and improve patient care. The excerpts below are a few highlights from their conversation. To learn more about his experience using Expanse, watch our video interview with Dr. Kanis.

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity, Patient Engagement, Integration, Video, Patients

Is telehealth the new normal?


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has gained recognition as an effective and sustainable step for slowing the spread of the virus. Bridging the gaps between patients, physicians, and health systems, telehealth enables communication through virtual channels, protecting the public and the medical staff on the frontlines.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Transformative Technology, Coronavirus, Virtual Visits

Reflections from the frontlines: combating COVID-19 in Boston and NYC



The COVID-19 pandemic has called for everyone to do their part to keep others safe and healthy. For many, this means staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing. For me, as CMIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess community hospitals, this has meant deploying numerous initiatives in response to the pandemic, from symptom screening to dashboards to telehealth.

As an emergency medicine physician, this has also meant working on the frontlines at my organization's emergency departments and volunteering in New York City, which ultimately led to me contracting the virus myself.

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Topics: Physician, Coronavirus

What it means to survive cancer, 10 years later


There’s nothing quite like a pandemic to get you to reflect on your ten-year cancer anniversary.

I became a self-taught expert in navigating the U.S. healthcare system beginning around February 2010, when I was 35. I was sitting at work one morning and I felt an explosive pain in my abdomen. A can’t-breathe, can’t-move kind of pain. I knew it wasn’t normal, but I wanted to convince myself that bodies are weird and do weird things, and I’d worry about it if it happened again. And, of course, it happened again soon enough.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Oncology

Embracing innovation and virtual training in a pandemic

Posted by Carol Labadini, Vice President, MEDITECH on May 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we all do things. How we work, communicate, and problem solve looks quite different from what most of us are used to. However, what I’ve seen over the past several months reminds me that necessity really is the mother of invention — and reinvention. The crisis is challenging us to innovate and reengineer for this new reality.

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Topics: CIO, Coronavirus

Providing communication support for patients during COVID-19


The power to speak and communicate our needs clearly is something that most of us take for granted. It is only when these abilities are compromised that we begin to recognize their true value. 

Communicating with patients suffering from COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges for healthcare providers. 

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Topics: Patients, Coronavirus

How cloud infrastructure supports our business and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic


In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, I have found great comfort in seeing the best of humanity unfold — the resilience of spirit and our collective resourcefulness.

These early stages of the outbreak have been an extreme test of adjusting to new ways of doing things before even considering a return to “normal.” 

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Topics: Coronavirus, cloud computing

Interoperability amid the COVID-19 pandemic


In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the secure and accurate sharing of patient data is more critical than ever. Healthcare organizations need the ability to access up-to-date information about any patient who enters their doors, especially in urgent care settings. 

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Topics: Interoperability, Coronavirus

Staying up-to-date on clinical terminology during COVID-19

Posted by IMO (Intelligent Medical Objects) on May 12, 2020

A version of this post originally appeared on the IMO website

The ability to easily document possible exposure to, infection with, or any other clinical symptoms of COVID-19 is crucial to mitigating the impact of the pandemic. However, the lack of standardized coding to capture this information at the start of the outbreak, coupled with the rapid evolution of scientific understanding of the novel virus, has made this an inherently difficult task.  

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Topics: Government Regulations, Healthcare IT, Coronavirus

Navigating pandemic relief options


COVID-19 has hit the healthcare industry so hard that many hospitals have been forced to furlough staff, or worse, close their doors. Relief payments from the CARES Act are a lifeline for organizations under enormous economic strain; though the healthcare portions of the legislation are only a few pages long, addendums are being released intermittently, making it easy for administrators — already in crisis mode — to lose track of the very subsidies the legislation provides.  

To help you stay on top of available relief payments and loans, we’ve summarized the opportunities and included links to helpful resources. Think of this blog post as your cheat sheet for financial support that may be available to your organization. 

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Topics: Government Regulations, C-level, Healthcare IT, Coronavirus

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