On providers that are having an EHR hangover after buying a solution that’s not exactly right for their needs …“The pressure was intense to quickly find an EHR vendor because of the money involved. The irony is the rush only really secured seed money and the bulk of the cost to implement an EHR was/is on the shoulders of the provider, including the burden of managing the interoperability of their technologies. In situations like that, it is understandable that health systems would want to extract as much functionality as possible out of their EHR. While combining the functionality of disparate systems often seems logical, it doesn’t come without tradeoffs — including domain expertise and role-based functionality that is exclusive to each vendor. The onus is on us as vendors to make the exchange and interfacing of data as seamless as possible.”
Every day thousands of very sick Americans are turned away from the care they need – despite the fact that thousands of hospital beds lay empty. It is called “dead bed” syndrome and it occurs when hospitals that do not track bed availability in real time think they are out of room – when the situation is quite the contrary.
There is no way of knowing just how many bed-hours are wasted each day across the country. We do, however, know that this particular issue is the tip of a much bigger iceberg of waste, which contributes mightily to the dizzying upward spiral of healthcare costs. » Continue reading
No matter what your involvement is in healthcare, you know that the ultimate responsibility is to the patient.
That includes every organization that supplies products and services to the industry, as well as those who actually deliver care.
So it’s encouraging to note that TeleTracking and Epic Systems Corporation recently affirmed their commitment to healthcare interoperability and put to rest speculation that cross platform support would no longer be available to customers of either or both organizations.» Continue reading
Hospitals continue to spend millions on the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Despite this spending, a recent survey suggests that many hospital executives are frustrated with the performance of EHRs.
Modern communication technology is truly changing patients into customers. An irritated patient who’s been waiting “too long” in your emergency room can now pass the time by criticizing your hospital on one of several health and patient care satisfaction rating websites.
The criticism may not always be fair or accurate, but perception is the personal reality of each patient who comes to your hospital facility for care, and it’s playing a bigger role than ever before in the success of your enterprise.
If you owned a Ferrari, wouldn’t you keep the engine tuned?
How about if you ran a hospital? Would you keep the Operating Room tuned? After all, almost two thirds of your annual revenue comes from medical procedures, like the OR, the cath lab, etc.
Yet many procedure areas, including the OR, aren’t working to capacity. It has nothing to do with the efficiency of the procedure itself. And it’s not just a problem of better scheduling. Schedules, after all, are static documents which project hoped-for goals into the future. It takes more than that to actually keep procedures on schedule. It has to do with patient throughput and that means more than getting the patient in and out of the room.
“Big Data” sounds like a character in a “Transformer” movie, or a Tennessee Williams play.
Everyone in healthcare IT is talking about “Big Data” these days. From Genome medicine to EMRs, the opportunities are stupendous. But so are the problems.
An IBM survey of healthcare executives says 90 percent expect things to be more complex over the next five years, but 40 percent admit they aren’t prepared for it. IBM makes the point that investing in business analytics will help those 40 percent (and more) through the next big wave of information overload.
In a September 21 article, New York Times reporters Reed Abelson, Julie Creswell and Griffin J. Palmer say the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients.
Critics conclude that EMRs make it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services whether or not they provide additional care because of the way billing codes have changed and enable fraud through EMR-assisted cloning and upcoding. Hospitals and physicians counter that the increases reflect more accurate charge capture for services and that patients (older and with more co-morbid conditions) require more care than in past years.