Want to create a safer, more therapeutic environment for staff and patients alike? Nursing leadership engaged in workforce automation can build and maintain a strong, sustainable infrastructure for the future. A nurse staffing strategy survey was conducted and results show just over half of the respondents felt their nurse staff levels to be adequate, leaving the other half dissatisfied. Learn more.
Today, as states struggle with budget pressures and brace for the national reform, interest in various managed care strategies continues to grow. A well-executed managed care effort can help control costs while improving access and quality of care. This paper addresses how to evaluate, deploy, and administer managed care systems in the Medicaid environment.
As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
This Experian QAS whitepaper discusses the challenges around the Health Information Exchange and details three simple steps agencies can take in order to streamiline the migration and enable a seamless implementation.
The current agenda is clear: wherever possible, reduce costs and
improve quality-of-care services. These directives are in perfect
alignment with the role of virtual and cloud computing infrastructure
technologies, which help to lower costs and increase clinician
productivity while future-proofing IT investments. As healthcare
reform deadlines rapidly approach, choosing the right information
technology (IT) platform will be critical to the success or failure
of new services and exchanges. It will determine the ease or
di!culty of updating existing applications and managing new
ones. It will also serve as a foundation to help ensure that all
healthcare services are secure, accessible and easy enough for
citizens to access and use.
This report provides information on some of the challenges PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and RIS (Radiology Information System) end-users face in the healthcare space, and how virtualization and point of care solutions can help address those challenges. In this paper, we discuss what the challenges are and present a strategy of utilizing architecture for PACS/RIS client access, which supports the needs of end users and makes it easier for IT staff to manage applications and desktop environments.
The healthcare sector is adopting enterprise hybrid cloud across the provider, payer, and life sciences segments with the goal of improving the quality of care, reducing costs, and increasing responsiveness to risk. This industry brief goes over some results of the CIO Global Cloud Computing Adoption Study, a recent survey by IDG Research, and outlines the common hybrid cloud use cases for healthcare organizations. It also details a real-world example of how cloud computing is being used to achieve greater business agility.
Watch this informative video to learn more about EXTENSION's most popular clinical workflow solutions for nurses and physicians inluding nurse call integration, mobile critical lab notifications, mobile report availability, mobile STAT order notifications, HIPAA-compliant texting and more. EXTENSION's mobile point-of-care solutions improve staff satisfaction, patient safety, and HCAHPS scores.
This white paper focuses on how an EHR-Extender (EHR-e) can help hospitals leverage data trapped in the EHR and other clinical systems to establish better care team communication. The result of contextual critical alerts and texts are improved communication and enhanced workflows which makes patients, healthcare staff, administration, and regulators happy.
Healthcare is dominated by the need for the sharing of detailed patient information as a result of today's information age. But it's also the focal point of the debate of how information is shared versus protecting the need for privacy, security and confidentiality. Data protection is paramount in today’s virtual environment and implementing a Secure Information Exchange (SIE) now will help organizations save both themselves and their patients down the road.
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with Medicare to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare Cloud Computing and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
Adopting the cloud in health is not so much a question of “if” anymore as it is a question of “when”. With all the confusion over the many cloud productivity solutions in the market, how do you align your decision around what matters most to your healthcare organization? The five things you need to know when moving to cloud productivity checklist provides five key considerations health organizations should look for in a cloud solutions provider.
Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance
and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT
professionals will seek service-based offerings that reduce the infrastructure burden on their
organizations while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Labor represents the single largest cost for healthcare providers, and workforce management applications are key to monitoring and managing this cost. Workforce management applications are mature, installed solutions at most healthcare providers; many have an opportunity to outsource their application hosting, management, maintenance, and support to qualified service providers. To maintain workforce management applications and services while leveraging IT staff for new clinical implementations, provider IT departments will seek cloud-based cloud service options that preserve service levels for employees and managers using workforce management applications.
In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. QualSight began searching for a better solution for its secure Web hosting and online data storage. The company had stringent requirements for both HIPAA and PCI compliance, and could not find a hosting provider with a fully managed solution that took into account both of those high industry standards, while also providing top performance. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data,
it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from
relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver
clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
The wealth of electronic data generated by the U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox for healthcare providers. Cloud services offers healthcare an attractive solution, helping hospitals scale with ease, better manage resources, and provide fluid access and sharing of medical images across organizations, departments and providers – achieving a connectedness that supports healthcare organizations’ patient care goals. Learn why cloud services may be the solution to your healthcare organization’s medical imaging challenges.
Health information exchanges are increasingly in the spotlight as governments, healthcare systems, and providers strive to deliver higher quality, more affordable, and more collaborative care. By creating a backbone for healthcare organizations to securely exchange clinical data, HIEs can improve information sharing among all HIE stakeholders, including patients and their families or caregivers and all offices or institutions involved in their care.
This paper describes the Greater Newark Community HIE, known as Health-e-cITi-NJ. A regional HIE centered in the Newark metropolitan area. Health-e-cITi-NJ is based on a hybrid architectural model that provides a best-of-both-worlds combination of centralized and federated models.
This whitepaper provides tips based on best practices gathered through analysis of the industry and direct experience with thousands of cloud deployments—including tips from CIOs, program and project managers, directors of IT, engineers, developers, and administrators in various industries and various size companies
Transformative changes such as healthcare reform mandates, advanced stages of meaningful use criteria and conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets require healthcare providers’ IT assets to be flexible, scalable and interoperable in order to respond. Learn how user virtualization provides the ability to react quickly while improving user experience and operational efficiency.