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The Future of Smart Hospitals is Now

The term “smart hospitals” is nothing new in healthcare, but new technologies are helping take this slowly building trend to a new peak. Electronic health record (EHR) adoption in the hospital is at an all-time high—with 96% of hospitals using…

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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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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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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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Omnicell’s Signing of the ONC Interoperability Pledge

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) challenged the private sector to sign the Interoperability Pledge. The commitment is threefold: to support consumer access…

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Vendor Neutral Archives Is All About Access

When examining which technologies will have the most impact in the healthcare industry in the near future it’s hard to ignore Vendor Neutral Archives. Hospitals are looking to VNAs to improve patient safety and reduce readmissions by improving communication and…

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Tackling Readmissions: The Role of Hospital Administrators in Reducing Readmissions

This is the fourth and final post in our series on reducing hospital readmissions. With high readmission rates causing concerns—and steep financial penalties—for hospitals all over the country, medical professionals are seeking ways to reduce and prevent the number of…

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News Corner: NQF Guidelines Support HIT Innovation and Patient Safety

Health IT continues to skyrocket, supporting hospitals and providers as they strive for increased efficiency and cost savings. However, throughout this progress, the patient cannot be forgotten. The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released their “Identification and Prioritization of Health…

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News Corner: “Innovate or Die” and Other Trends from HIMSS16

Last week was the 54th annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. This year’s show featured over 1,300 exhibitors, 40,000 attendees and a dozen specialty areas on the show floor. As in the past, data and healthcare interoperability continued to be major…

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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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