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How one hospital is preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Posted by Katie Hall, RN, BSN, Rockdale Medical Center on September 12, 2017

Numbers matter.

If there’s one message that healthcare providers, executives, and IT staff have learned through the evolution of Meaningful Use, it’s that the data we collect and report has significant impact on our sustainability.

Not only do the numbers we transmit to CMS matter, but the numbers they send back — in the form of financial reimbursements — also matter.

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Topics: Government Regulations, CIO, Big Data, Meaningful Use

The story of one hospital’s 59-minute disaster recovery


How do you prepare for the unexpected? When disaster strikes, having a recovery plan in place can make all the difference. In the healthcare industry, when we lose access to patient records and the systems that drive operations, patient care itself is negatively impacted. So even though outages can’t be predicted, it’s important to have a working disaster recovery plan in place before you need it.

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Topics: Security, CIO, Big Data

Empowering patients with digital innovation and design thinking


Vanessa Carter presents her rapid report at Stanford University's MedX conference on April 23, 2017.

My journey to becoming an e-Patient activist for facial differences and antibiotic resistance started in 2004, when a car accident in South Africa left me with severe abdominal and facial injuries.

Through multiple surgeries and consultations with doctors, I became aware of the lack of online resources in health, and began working to address that. I was a marketing and design professional for 18 years, enabling me to audit the web and discover that many healthcare professionals [HCPs] didn’t have websites, which was why it was so difficult to find them.

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Topics: Big Data, Patient Engagement, Interoperability

Why healthcare needs to get ready for big data


A few months back, I attended a panel on big data at an industry conference, and the moderator asked, “What are some of the benefits of using big data and analytics?”

A panelist replied, “There is enormous value in knowing how many appointments and visits my providers have — we couldn’t answer that question a year ago.” And the whole time I’m thinking, haven’t we moved beyond something so basic? Most analytics articles I read cite the importance of big data along with its difficulties and challenges, but they don’t give concrete, practical examples of how it can be leveraged on a daily basis.

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Topics: EHR, Productivity, Big Data

Thought leader podcast series: Big Data


In the debut of MEDITECH’s thought leader podcast series, I chat with Raphael Jaffrezic, CIO of Galway Clinic (Galway, Ireland) about the importance of big data in healthcare today. During our discussion, Raphael shares some examples of how Galway Clinic has leveraged analytics from their MEDITECH system to streamline processes and improve patient care. Raphael also shares his thoughts on the future of big data in healthcare and discusses how Galway Clinic’s upcoming migration to the MEDITECH Web EHR platform will further improve the data they capture.

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Topics: CIO, Big Data, Podcast

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