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Category: Information Technology


Using Analytics Tools to Control Drug Diversion: Hackensack University Medical Center

The news has been inundated with reports of the increasing prevalence of opioid use throughout the country. Dubbed the “opioid crisis,” addiction to controlled substances is no longer a rare occurrence happening behind closed doors—it affects those of all socioeconomic…

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Benefits of Insourced, Automated IV Compounding: Lessons in Successful Implementation from the University of Rochester Medical Center

Medication compounding is a complicated and high-stakes operation that many hospitals have outsourced to compounding centers in an effort to save money and cut down on liability. However, recent high-profile events where sterility and safety issues have resulted in patient…

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Unexpected Drug Shortages – Are You Prepared?

Drug shortages are a frequent problem hospitals have to navigate, but a recent shortage of note is particularly unexpected. Sodium Bicarbonate, aka baking soda, is reported to be experiencing severe shortages. This drug is used to reduce acidity in the…

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Medication Management Council’s Top 10 Compliance Best Practices for 2017

The Medication Management Council is a thought leadership initiative of Omnicell. Formed in June 2014, the Council’s mission is to identify medication management best practices and generate top 10 lists of best practices in the areas of safety, efficiency and…

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Collaboration Between Epic and Cerner Brings Hope that True Interoperability is Within Reach

According to HIMSS, “Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data.” Until now, discussion of interoperability in healthcare has centered on systems within a facility or across multiple facilities within a network,…

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News Corner: Interoperability and HIT Policy—Hot Topics at HIMSS17

The annual HIMSS conference took place this week in Orlando, Florida and featured a whopping 1,200 exhibitors and approximately 45,000 attendees. The focus, as in past years, was on ways to improve on existing technology. The conference included more than…

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Technology Tools and Mindfulness Strategies Help Nurses Manage Stress

Trying to keep up with patient demands while navigating the complexities of technology, nurses are under serious pressure to perform at a high level throughout the day. As a result, burnout is at an all-time high, and nurses report spending…

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News Corner: Hospital Efforts Save 125,000 Lives, $28 Billion in Costs

Hospitals have increasingly focused their efforts on improving patient care while remaining cost conscious, and those efforts are paying off. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that from 2010 to 2015, hospitals were able…

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Technology’s Role in Navigating Hospital Drug Spend

A recent study by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals showed that between 2013 and 2015, inpatient drug spending increased an average 23.4 percent annually, and 38.7 percent on a per admission basis. Given the recent…

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Disruptive Medication Processes Lead to Increases in Errors

Interruptions and distractions are a constant in nursing, especially when it comes to the medication ordering and administration process. To ensure optimal patient safety, the medication pass process should remain uninterrupted, however many disruptions are largely unavoidable. The very nature…

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