One of Bob Bartel’s hospital clients used to hold luncheon meetings with area physician groups. The physician liaison would show up at the office with a couple of pizzas for a casual gathering—no obligation, no pressure. “You’re feeding everyone, and people loved it,” said Bartel, managing consultant for software company MarketWare.

Read more: Tools of the Trade

Healthcare reform. Quality improvement tied to reimbursement rates. Electronic medical records. Increased competition among providers. As if hospitals and healthcare providers didn’t have enough plates spinning at once, now comes the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to adopt the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) by Oct. 1, 2013. 

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I cringe every time I hear someone claim that the top reason to switch to open source software in the healthcare industry is to reduce costs. To be sure, cost is a crucial issue these days, with healthcare premiums more than doubling in the last decade with no relief in sight (Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits, 1999-2009). And I do think open source solutions will eventually lead to reduced healthcare costs, but not in the obvious or direct manner that most people assume. 

Read more: Can Open Source Help Healthcare?

The ED plays an essential role in the healthcare-delivery model. It’s the route through which a significant percentage of inpatient populations are admitted, and while every hospital has one, few are considered hot spots for revenue generation. But the truth is there are a lot of potential sources of revenue generation in the ED, if you know where to look. Many are left untapped by busy medical staffers, but they are there, and charge capture technology can help zero in on a number of them. 

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For nearly 25 years, Health Level Seven (HL7) International has delivered on its promise to produce standards for the interoperability of healthcare information. In the US, its specifications are deployed in nearly every hospital and healthcare system, as well as in every federal agency dedicated to patient care or clinical research. 

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Would you be surprised if I told you the fastest growing user segment on Facebook is women over 55? It’s true. What if I told you that 60% of baby boomers consume socially created content? Also true. It is becoming increasingly clear that social networking has transcended its original perceptions as a Millennial fad and found a place as an integral part of our society.

Read more: Social Graces

Computerized physician order entry is a core element requirement of “meaningful use” for hospitals to qualify for financial incentives offered under the HITECH program. In 2009, only 7.4% of leading hospitals had implemented CPOE and were in a position to demonstrate meaningful use (2009 HIMSS Analytics). This situation has generated unprecedented momentum to implement CPOE at an accelerated pace.

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Although the focus of medical care always has been on the bedside, evidence is growing that proper communication plays a vital role as a patient moves from department to department. An estimated 80% of serious medical errors result from miscommunication as a patient is delivered to a new care setting. That’s why the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare partnered with 10 US hospitals and healthcare systems to tackle this important issue.

Read more: Taking Care from Here to There

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