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 Lack of liquidity, outdated technology, and knowledge gaps with minimal financial resources to fill them are just a few of the challenges rural hospitals are struggling to overcome.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

6 easy ways physicians can use social media to advance their practice


Over the past decade, social media has made a huge impact on the way people communicate and stay engaged with what’s happening in the world. More healthcare consumers are using social platforms to learn about their conditions and providers, as well as to give feedback and advice in real time. But what about healthcare providers? Is spending time on social really worth it for them? 

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Topics: Physician, Productivity, Healthcare IT

Thought Leader podcast: Clinical efficiency and the journey to Expanse


In this podcast, I speak with Dr. William Dailey, a board-certified Family Practice Physician and Chief Medical Information Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare (Clinton, MO.) about their recent go-live with MEDITECH Expanse.

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Topics: CIO, Productivity, Podcast

Refreshing Reads: 4 must-read blogs to help you avoid clinician burnout


Clinician burnout is a topic we’ve covered in detail here on the MEDITECH blog, and for good reason. Long nights of excessive documentation are taking time away from clinicians, interfering with their relationships with patients.

We’ve compiled some recommendations from clinicians and industry leaders on how to address staff burnout. 

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Topics: Nursing, Physician, Productivity, Health IT

How MEDITECH fulfills the AMA’s 8 EHR Usability Principles


A hot topic of conversation in the last few months has been the Annals of Family Medicine study observing that primary care physicians spend an average of 86 minutes of “pajama time” each night catching up on work from the day.

This study was co-written by researchers from the AMA, which brought to mind their
8 EHR Usability Principles that were published in 2014. At the time these principles were published, MEDITECH was delivering Expanse to our first early adopters, having had the foresight to see what was coming and redesign our software at a time when others were continuing to just add functionality on top of existing workflows.

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity, Interoperability

Are you READY to reinvent your EHR system?

Posted by William Gustin, MD on August 1, 2017

When your institution decides to implement or upgrade your EHR system — and let’s face it, the question is no longer ‘if’ or ‘when,’ but ‘how’ — clarity of vision and an alignment of effort toward a successful strategy are often major challenges.

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Topics: Physician, CIO, Productivity, Integration

How to reduce burnout with a physician driven EHR design


It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges for doctors in healthcare today is physician burnout. A study by the Mayo Clinic found that 54.4 percent of responding doctors reported having at least one symptom of burnout and The Physicians Foundation found that nearly half, 49 percent, of the doctors surveyed said they “often or always experience feelings of burnout.” EHRs can be a contributing factor to this. According to a 2017 study, on average, physicians spent only 50 percent of their time on face-to-face interaction with patients, committing the rest of their time and energy to “desktop medicine.”

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity

Best practices in clinical communications: The Rocket, The Reuben, and The Rubberband

Posted by William Gustin, MD on June 20, 2017

Preparing your medical staff for an electronic health record implementation takes a lot of time and effort. A fundamental key to success is proper clinical communication strategies; taking into account everyone who is involved with patient care delivery, while ensuring constant dialogue about the implementation.

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity

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

How MEDITECH’s optimized EHR can prevent physician burnout

Posted by Bryan Bagdasian, MD on April 18, 2017

I hear it more and more from my colleagues: They’re feeling burnt out.

Studies of physician satisfaction find that doctors are reducing the number of patients they see, and report feelings of emotional exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, and depersonalization of patient care. The most recent study by the Physicians Foundation found that nearly half, 49%, of the doctors surveyed said they “often or always experience feelings of burn-out [sic].”

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Topics: Physician, EHR, Productivity