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Population Health and HIE for the Rural Hospital

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:14

A greater demand for quality outcomes and a rising cost of health care have led to a shift toward improved population health management. Population health management methodologies focus on understanding the health needs of the community, quantifying and assessing health status and developing collaborative programs that will improve health outcomes. This philosophy is challenging hospitals to develop population health approaches focused on prevention, improved chronic disease management and wellness activities. Each type of hospital, including the small or rural hospital, engages the local community by offering resources, sharing knowledge and developing relationships and skills to manage its challenges and leverage its advantages. Becoming an effective population health manager requires building effective partnerships with other hospitals and health care systems. Merging the resources and skills said partnerships with community partners is important for the integration and expansion of health management programs. Together, hospitals and care systems and their partners can create targeted population health programs that engage and communicate with the patient population and ultimately increase efficiency and quality of health care and improve health status in the community.

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Protecting Your Business with BCP

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Recent history has shown that it is imperative for hospitals to have a Business Continuity Plan in place. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the intensity and frequency of major natural disasters has increased from 100 per year in the 1970s to more than 500 per year. After the devastation wrought by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, The Joint Commission (TJC) required all healthcare facilities to implement a disaster plan.  HIPAA has since required the backup of all electronically-protected health information (EPHI), as well as disaster recovery plans.  When a community is dealing with a disaster, be it a terrorist attack, hurricane or flu pandemic, it is critical that they be able to count on their local hospital to provide medical services at their most needed time.  A Business Continuity Plan, or “BCP,” is the key to maintaining the availability of these services.

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Fending Off Virus Attacks

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Nothing is more crippling to technology in a hospital than a virus. A virus can do anything from ruining your day, your business, or even a person’s life. It has capabilities of destruction much larger than what most people imagine. A hospital is a large target full of information that a hacker would love to have. There are many reasons why someone would attack a hospital network. A hospital is a gold mine of information and money. Your patients and staff trust you to keep their personal information safe and that is why you must be prepared to fend off potential attacks.

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Lowering Readmission Rates with Post Discharge Plans

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Monday, 01 July 2013 18:28

When a patient was being discharged from the hospital, a nurse can spend up to 30 minutes going over discharge instructions and then calling the patient to check in and do a post-discharge follow up.  With the new telehealth technology, healthcare providers can be more efficient with their time with the end result of being more cost effective for the healthcare provider.

As of October 2012, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services began penalizing hospitals for excess readmission rates, starting with those related to heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia.  In Indiana alone, the readmission rate is between 16.8% and 19% across the state.  The use of telehealth technology can drastically improve readmission rates across the country when implemented and used correctly.

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Improvements with Bed Management Software

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Monday, 01 July 2013 18:22

With today’s technological advancements there have been many improvements to patient care. Medical equipment upgrades, mobile apps and software to not only improve patient safety but also improve the quality of care. Some of these advancements are more known than others and some are never even noticed by the patient. Many hospitals are now using bed management software which allows the ward staff to locate and track the status of a bed improving patient flow management and in turn dramatically improves patient wait times and much more. “As hospital administrators grapple with ways to maximize limited resources, bed management applications are a logical answer for many facilities looking at ways to improve the flow of inpatients throughout their facility,” says Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA, Vice President, Research, HIMSS Analytics

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