The use of wristbands to identify hospital patients has been a standard practice for well over half a century. Handwritten, typed or printed, wristbands were originally created to provide an easy way for caregivers to verify identity at any point along the patient’s healthcare journey. From newborns in the delivery area to geriatric patients in rehabilitation, everyone got a wristband. And that’s how things worked until the introduction of barcode technology.
By putting barcodes on hospital wristbands, healthcare facilities can leverage a host of connected technologies to improve safety and quality of care. It’s also the most effective way to comply with the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) to “Improve the accuracy of patient identification,” which the Joint Commission has included in its annual goals since 2003.
Delivering the best possible care to every patient is a complex, interconnected process that involves every department in a healthcare facility. From the moment a patient enters a facility, a wide range of activities must be performed by many different employees from different functional areas — in a timely and efficient way—to ensure the best possible outcome, including performing tests, collecting specimens, administering medications and delivering treatments. Each one of these activities must be coordinated and documented as part of an overall care plan. But the first step is making sure clinicians are treating the right patient—in the right way—every time.
Zebra’s white paper explores the critical impact positive patient identification (PPID) has on patient safety throughout the administrative, diagnostic and treatment phases of a patient’s stay. The paper also explores how PPID can improve staff efficiency and help healthcare organizations meet the needs of changing patient dem
Gaps in care in health systems cause higher mortality rates and inflate costs. Download this case study for a closer look at how one health system used IBM CareDiscovery data to prove to their board that an outpatient palliative care service line was viable in both cost savings and quality of care improvement.
Patients trust healthcare organisations with vast amounts of their sensitive data – not just details on their medical and social wellbeing, but also personally identifiable information such as dates of birth and residential addresses.
People will always make mistakes – and, unfortunately, in busy and stressful workplaces, such as hospitals and medical clinics, the likelihood of this increases. Without the right processes and technologies in place to help overcome this to avoid mistakes, sensitive patient information remains at risk.
Pharmacies must look beyond automation of traditional processes, like prescriptions and communication toward two-way, interactive connectivity, giving the pharmacy the capability to both view and populate the patient’s community health record.
Published By: CareCloud
Published Date: Jul 28, 2014
Deliver more efficient patient care with an MU-certified EHR that features patient engagement, decision support and task management tools built in. Plus, charting features like templates and order sets let you focus on your patients, not your EHR.
Published By: DrFirst
Published Date: Mar 13, 2015
For hospitals, medication reconciliation is critical to quality patient care. Obtaining a complete and accurate list of the patient’s medications sets the cornerstone for good patient care during the hospital stay, informing doctors about treatments in progress, and arming them to prevent potentially harmful drug interactions.
Published By: DrFirst
Published Date: Mar 13, 2015
Secure, efficient communication between doctors and staff is key to reliable patient care. For Groves Community Hospice, every situation involving patients requires rapid response; this poses a particular challenge, as more than 80 percent of the hospice staff work in the field.
With so many doctors and staff off-site or on-call, and considering the inherent urgency of hospice care, Groves needed to streamline staff communications and enable a better way for physicians and staff to connect and discuss critical patient issues within a secure environment.
This whitepaper serves as a guide to identifying an under-performing EHR and replacing it with a solution that delivers results. It offers answers to a number of common questions about EHR adoption and replacement and demonstrates how the right EHR can help practices get more money and more control, freeing up physicians to focus on patient care.
This white paper will tell you how to implement a successful patient engagement strategy using these 5 elements:
1) Define your organization’s vision for patient engagement.
2) Create a culture of engagement.
3) Employ the right technology and services.
4) Empower patients to become collaborators in their care.
5) Chart progress and be ready to change and adapt.
Download this whitepaper to learn more about these five capabilities to keep your practice independent:
-Strong Financial Performance
-Connectivity and Clinical Integration
-Ability to Win at Risk
-Adaptability to Change
Electronic health records are changing the face of patient record-keeping. No longer are doctors’ offices repositories for large, bulky, paper-based patient files—those have been replaced by computer-based files accessible to authorized people simply by logging on to the office’s network.
Healthcare technologies have proven their worth for practitioners and facilities in increasing the quality of patient care while saving time and streamlining operations.
In some cases, however, the benefits of these technologies are outweighed by their impact on the network, slowing network performance sometimes to the point of ineffectiveness.Software-defined networking can be the bridge to help healthcare providers update their networks and avoid disruption. SDN helps organizations save money on networking infrastructure, reduces the complexity of managing networks, enhances security through added intelligence and simplifies compliance, among other benefits.
1. Meet the new healthcare consumer
The consumerization of healthcare, major demographic shifts, and the migration
to mobile and social media are tilting the balance of power away from traditional
healthcare marketers and into the hands of potential patients.
2. Online reputation is the new competitive frontier for marketers
Healthcare brands are no longer controlled by marketers. Patient feedback about
doctors and facilities online is leading to total market transparency for healthcare
consumers. CG-CAHPS surveys only go so far in providing social proof.
3. Healthcare branding is becoming hyper-local
In the search for providers, all branding is local – at the level of individual
practitioners and facilities. Proliferating points of presence on the web make this
a challenge that requires technology. But healthcare marketers who scale online
review volume and quality will be rewarded with higher search visibility.
4. Business implications
Online ratings and reviews stand between everyth
HCAHPS is the barometer for understanding a patient’s hospital experience. But can you predict the
outcome of your patient satisfaction surveys by reading online reviews from past and present patients?
And more importantly, does improving your hospital’s online reputation improve HCAHPS scores?
Reputation.com’s Data Science team, led by Brad Null, Ph.D, analyzed two years of HCAHPS hospital
survey data from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, across more than 4,800 hospitals.
Coding errors are common--and costly. There were $2.91B in OIG investigative recoveries for FY18 alone. Hospitals need to catch coding errors prior to billing, or risk heavy fines, legal issues and even a damaged reputation. What if you could catch coding errors prior to billing? PwC SMART increases the efficiency and effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient coding quality evaluation process, and enables a mechanism for quality and compliance review. See how SMART led to $1.8M in net reimbursement impact for a network of independent healthcare providers in New Jersey, and learn more about the inpatient and outpatient solutions.
Studies indicate strong patient and family engagement in clinical care positively contributes to a favorable experience, as well as improved health outcomes and reduced costs. Learn how incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives can better position providers to overcome the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment, providers are faced with more challenges than ever when running acute rehabilitation programs. From treating the right patient at the right time to costly reimbursement battles, there is no shortage of issues that can interfere with delivering the best level of care. Addressing these problems is especially urgent when it comes to treating highly acute patients. To succeed, providers must learn strategies for overcoming the two most daunting obstacles: patient access and reimbursement. This guide examines the best practices for meeting these challenges.
The Ohio State University Health Plan manages healthcare insurance benefits and wellness resources for the university’s 29,000 employees, as well as their spouses and dependents. The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, and its Wexner Medical Center ranked #3 among 104 academic medical centers that were included in the 2014 University Health System Consortium Quality and Accountability Study. The health plan, medical center and university work together to help deliver safe, efficient, patient centered care to its members.
Watch this 3-minute video to learn how Optum Interactive Platform simplifies and automates the way hospitals deliver helpful information and services to patients to increase their overall satisfaction, while freeing up clinicians to focus more directly on patient care.
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