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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: Increasing Healthcare Security Should Take Purchasing Precedence

In an attempt to better patient care, lighten nurse workloads, and improve hospital business, many facilities are upgrading their technology. This spend for technology for most hospitals, according to a recent study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives,…

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News Corner: Is Meaningful Use Going Away?

On Tuesday this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt publicly stated that the opportunity to sunset the less-than-successful meaningful use program might have come. While many of the goals and desired…

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News Corner: When Pharmacists and Physicians Share EHR, Patients Win

As hospital executives look for ways to reduce readmissions and better manage patients’ health beyond the physical four walls, pharmacists are proving to be an invaluable asset. While hospital pharmacists can participate in programs such as antibiotic stewardship and discharge…

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Medical Device Interoperability Plays Key Role in Patient Safety

How important is medical device interoperability when it comes to patient safety?  The answer is very important.  According to a survey of 500 nurses from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, half have witnessed a medical error due to…

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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns—And How to Address Them

ECRI Institute has released its most recent list of the top ten patient safety concerns facing healthcare institutions today. Many of these affect a broad spectrum of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient services, nursing homes and hospice care….

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News Corner: New Senate Health Group Focuses on Improving Information Exchange Through EHRs

In response to the numerous complaints from physicians and patients around difficult or impractical information exchange using electronic health records, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this week announced the creation of a bipartisan group to identify ways…

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CNIO = YES; Nurse CIOs are on the Rise!

Technology is a major investment for any healthcare institution.  Enlisting the right people to implement new technologies is vital to ensuring maximum value and impact.  When it comes to choosing technology to improve patient care, more facilities are turning to…

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Decline in Hospital Acquired Conditions

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, the number of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) declined by 17% between 2010 and 2013, which translates into saving more than 50,000 lives. The report, which measured the success of hospitals…

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