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5 Reasons to Consider the Cloud for Health Data
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Web-based data sharing, or 'cloud computing' requires no special equipment on the part of the users—just a computer and an Internet connection. The benefits of cloud computing are many, and seem tailor-made for digitized medical environments. [Read More]
October 19, 2010  
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Patient Rooms Get Smart
Ensuring compliance with some of the simplest and most effective patient safety measures relies a great deal on human nature and memory. Electronic medical records that gather, store data, and ease workflow will help. But new technologies and software programs are bringing the EMR to the bedside, giving human nature and memory a little boost. One such system, dubbed the SmartRoom, was designed to ensure compliance with best practices, reduce errors, reduce length of stay and associated costs, and improve workflow, efficiency, and productivity. Studies are not yet complete, but initial data is promising.
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Containing the Patient Privacy Breach
Patient confidentially used to be a simple concept, simply enforced. But the popularity of social media poses new challenges. "Patient information is like radioactive material," says Arthur R. Derse, MD, director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "It must be protected. It must be contained. It cannot be taken out of the building." Rather than devising detailed, multilayered responses to every new social networking outlet that pops up every few months, effective patient confidentiality guidelines should identify the new threats but focus on instilling that simple and ancient principle: trustworthy employees. [Read More]

Cutting Costs With Care Gap Alerts
Health plans intending to deliver better care and curb provider costs are using a simple clinical messaging tool—care gap alerts—that aims to do both. The alerts, triggered by a patient's office visit and generated electronically, notify providers on the spot if a patient is due and eligible for services. The goal is to "do what we can to deliver better care to our members" and "to reduce the administrative burden on providers," says Joe Miller, director of e-business at AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies. "Checking a patient's eligibility for services is an administrative process, not a clinician's role." [Read More]

Reaching the Wireless Patient
Hospitals are beginning to focus their marketing efforts on mobile technology such as mobile-specific sites, geotargeted mobile ads, and custom smartphone applications. One such facility, Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, has used geotargeted ads in a recent campaign promoting its emergency department. "Mobiles allow us to target potential patients based on their location, and it allows them fast access our hospital information with a click of a button," says a hospital marketing executive.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]

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