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Category: Information Technology


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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Implementing Technology to Create a Safer and Quieter ICU

Unlike other areas of the hospital, the ICU hasn’t undergone any major upgrades in the last 50 years, despite the fact that 6 million patients pass through these departments annually, according to an article in STAT News. Alarms that were…

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Advances in Technology Create Expanded Roles for Pharmacists

Advanced technology in the hospital is becoming more common with the advent of tools including electronic health records, e-prescribing, and big data analytics programs. Beyond adding to the responsibilities of hospital IT professionals, these technologies are changing the roles of…

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Drug Diversion: Overcoming the “It Can’t Be My Nurse” Hurdles

By Debra Rorie, RPh, Pharmacy Implementation Supervisor, Deaconess Health System This first-hand account of a real diversion scenario describes how it was uncovered and addressed by the healthcare institution. 2010 marked a year of change at Deaconess Health System in…

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News Corner: Increases in Electronic Prescribing and Communication Highlighted in Recent Report

Surescripts recently released its annual National Progress Report, which encompasses over 9.7 billion electronic transactions completed in 2015, including 1.4 billion electronic prescriptions. In addition to discussing advancements and increases in e-prescribing, the report suggests positive trends in electronic provider…

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News Corner: Celebrating National Health IT Week 2016

This week we celebrate National Health IT Week! Omnicell has partnered with HIMSS once again to show our dedication to improving health IT solutions across all types of healthcare settings. NHIT Week started on Monday, September 26th and runs through…

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Minimizing Diversion Risk in Procedural Areas, Operating Rooms, and Emergency Departments

This is the second in a series of articles based on diversion management webinars hosted by Omnicell, and featuring drug diversion expert Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, and other speakers. The Inherent Risk of Procedural Areas In 2009, one Colorado…

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General Policies for Preventing Drug Diversion

This is the first in a series of posts based on diversion management webinars hosted by Omnicell and featuring drug diversion expert Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, and other speakers. The Fourfold Risk of Drug Diversion As drug diversion becomes…

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