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

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 Lack of liquidity, outdated technology, and knowledge gaps with minimal financial resources to fill them are just a few of the challenges rural hospitals are struggling to overcome.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

Can chronic disease patients really change poor lifestyle habits? Here’s one way to engage them


Lisa, a 45-year old single mother, visits her primary care physician complaining of fatigue and excessive thirst; blood tests reveal she has high blood glucose. She walks out of the clinic with a prescription and a pamphlet about type 2 diabetes. Now what?

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Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement

How social media and grassroots efforts can further connect your hospital with your community [Video]


In a constantly connected world, consumers are looking for ways to break down barriers between themselves and their providers. Recently, I sat down with Dr. William Dailey, CMIO at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare (Clinton, MO), to hear about how organizations and individuals can use social media to connect with the hospital community, inside and outside of the facility’s walls.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Health IT, Video, Patients

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

How API environments like MEDITECH Greenfield promote innovation and drive interoperability


MEDITECH recently introduced MEDITECH Greenfield, our new application development environment supported by RESTful APIs, including FHIR. Greenfield is an open space for customers and third-party developers to create and share applications that drive innovation, increase interoperability, and grow the value of their Expanse EHR.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Interoperability, Patients, Transformative Technology

Improving care coordination with a transition care center

Posted by Linda van Loon, RN, BSN on September 6, 2018

In 2014, Parkview Medical Center realized that it needed to reduce its readmission rate significantly while also fixing a communication gap between home health care agencies and other post-acute facilities. To address these issues, my director and a team of other leaders joined together to pilot a new transition care center that went live in 2016.

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Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement, Patients, Care Coordination

4 ways to improve and maintain a quality patient experience


All industries are having to adjust to the increasing power of customer voices and on-demand consumer trends. In the world of healthcare, this makes patients the decision makers who hold the most important perspective.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Patient Safety, Patients

What patients can teach us about social determinants in behavioral health


In behavioral health, social determinants is something we look at, but many of us haven’t made it a part of our everyday language. We know social factors have an impact, but because of how broadly defined they are, finding the next steps to take can be difficult.

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Topics: Population Health, Patient Engagement