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What Will 2014 Bring for Healthcare?

what-will-2014-bring-for-healthcareThe rush is on to prepare for the next phase of the Affordable Care Act.

One of the biggest questions is whether health insurance exchanges (HIX), or “marketplaces,” will be ready to sell their policies by the mandated date of October 1st of this year.  If they are, they will extend coverage to a first wave of nine million newly insured Americans beginning Jan. 1st, 2014.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Real-Time Capacity Management

Patient Care Satisfaction: How Does Your Hospital Rate?

be-good-to-patientsModern 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.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, EMR / Healthcare IT, Future of Healthcare, Real-Time Capacity Management

Hospitals in “Digital Dark Ages?” – USA Today

 Hospitals-in-digital-dark-agesA recent article in USA Today titled Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology said doctors and hospitals are “in the digital dark ages” when it comes to Internet and mobile technology. Author Byron Achohido based that assessment on a study done by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by tech security firm Imprivata.

According to the study, because of this hospitals lose over $3 billion a year just in wasted time involving the discharge process. The cause is the continued use of “clunky communications systems as part of the process”.

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Categories: Financial Health of Hospitals, Future of Healthcare

Have Trouble Keeping Nurses? Give Them Some TLC

6863338518_55af5b11a2_mIf your hospital is having problems with nursing turnover, consider this:

Half of all employees who aren’t involved in decision making, aren’t satisfied with advancement, don’t have flexible work schedules, or aren’t compensated with money or other non-monetary awards said they intended to look for a new job the next year.

That’s from a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), covering workers from all business sectors.

The research said 93 percent of those who felted valued at work were motivated to do better, while only a third of those who did not feel valued felt motivated.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

From Silos to Organizational Transparency for Operational Efficiency

blog snippet-resized-600If you’re ready to master operational efficiency in your hospital, you will enjoy these highlights from “From Silos to Organizational Transparency“, the first of 7 webinars in the mastering operational efficiencies series from TeleTracking.

In this 30-minute webinar presentation, TeleTracking’s Maria Romano outlined five simple ways hospitals can break down silos and move towards organizational transparency:

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Hospital Software Implementation

Happy Nurses Mean Better Patient Care, Fewer Readmissions

happy-nurseHappy nurses = 10 % fewer readmissions.

That’s from a study in the January 2013 issue of Medical Care.

And it’s all based on work environment, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Penn researchers looked at data from more than 200,000 nurses and 412 hospitals in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They found improvements in how hospitals organize and deliver nursing services could lead to lower overall readmissions.

The research considered 30-Day readmissions among Medicare patients with Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Geisinger’s Dr. Jonathan Darer Discusses Future of Healthcare

Dr. Jonathan DarerDoes an organization’s culture get more deeply entrenched the more complex the organization becomes.

Maybe, but it still can be changed, based upon the work of Dr. Jonathan Darer, chief innovation officer at TeleTracking client Geisinger Health System.

Dr. Darer’s work involves closing the “care gaps” between what patients are getting and what they need. The work speaks for itself.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Before Rationing Healthcare, Let’s Ration Waste

NYT:  The Opinion PagesWaste, Fraud, Abuse, Death and Dying. Let’s Ration Healthcare Waste.

Contributing New York Times opinion writer Steven Rattner began a recent column titled Beyond Obamacare with a rather provocative statement.

“We NEED death panels,” he said.

In the same year that the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned against using the word “reform” because it is still inflammatory, Rattner was using the “D” word.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Don’t Raid Medicare! Use Healthcare Automation to Cut Costs

Center for American ProgressAccording to the Associated Press, the Center For American Progress, a White House think tank, has recommended withdrawing an additional $385 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years to avoid cuts in Obamacare during the upcoming Congressional budget talks.

The Affordable Care Act already calls for a $716 billion transfer from Medicare to pay for the Act. If the think tank recommendation, which spares Medicaid and Obamacare from virtually any cuts, gets traction then a total of $1.1 trillion will be taken away from the Medicare system.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Gratitude and Health: 6 Reasons TeleTracking Gives Thanks

TeleTracking Thanks You!Apparently, there’s nothing more uplifting for the human body and spirit than gratitude.

At least, according to Dr. Oz.

We at TeleTracking agree. In fact, gratitude is often a subject of discussion in company gatherings. And we have a lot to be thankful for:

1) We work for a company that makes a difference in people’s lives. That gives us a reason to take our jobs in healthcare automation and real-time capacity management very seriously, and a reason to keep striving to make our products better. We could be making “Twinkies.”

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Categories: Future of Healthcare