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Pervasive Healthcare

January 29, 2007

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The global healthcare industry is facing a crisis in chronic care that soon will be exacerbated as the baby boomer generation ages. This growing demand for chronic care is placing a tremendous economic burden on governments, private employers and individual consumers, and it is straining the capacity of skilled care professionals and nursing homes. Meanwhile, […]

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Q&A With Gregg Malkary

January 29, 2007

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Health Care Technology: What are the pressing issues concerning the healthcare clients you consult these days? Gregg Malkary: There are actually quite a few. Let’s start with a renewed industry focus on patient safety. Healthcare organizations nationwide are focused on how they can enhance patient safety and reduce the risk of medical errors. Much of […]

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A Vision Shared

January 29, 2007

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Global Care Solutions identified in 1997 that a single integrated Total Hospital Information System (THIS) is what clinicians and administrators need for their facilities. This would provide users with optimal work flow and reliability. Since those early days, a totally integrated, single database solution that serves the entire facility’s needs was born: GCS Hospital 2000 […]

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The Clinical and Financial Transformation of Asia’s Largest Private Hospital

January 29, 2007

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Established in 1980, Bumrungrad Hospital is a recognized provider of premium private healthcare throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia. Bumrungrad is the first hospital in Asia to be accredited by the U.S.-based Joint Commission on International Accreditation. Located in central Bangkok, the hospital is a 554-bed tertiary care facility serving over 1.2 million patients annually. This […]

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Early Experiences With Positive Patient Identification

January 29, 2007

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Like most hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is focused on maximizing patient safety, quality and value. Over the past few years, we’ve implemented provider order entry, guidelines/care plans and electronic medical records. However, one great question remains unanswered. How do we positively identify our patients so that we are confident they are receiving the […]

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Q&A With Daniel Nigrin

January 29, 2007

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Healthcare Technology: Children’s Hospital Boston deployed high-speed Internet connections to all patients’ rooms. How are those connections being utilized? DN: Incredibly frequently and well. Sometimes it’s the patients themselves who are using the connections,whether they have chronic disorders and need to spend long periods of time in the hospital, like patients with cystic fibrosis or […]

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The Nebraska Medical Center: Process Improvements, Efficiencies and Better Patient Outcomes

January 29, 2007

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Modern medicine demands quick access to information and measurable results. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the emergency department where patients crowd in at unpredictable times with wide ranges in acuity. Tracking these patients through their stay, quickly and accurately charting treatments and providing timely information to follow-up providers is of utmost importance. For […]

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Using Information Technology to Increase Emergency Department Efficiency

January 29, 2007

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“Half a million times each year – an average of once every minute – an ambulance carrying an emergency patient is diverted from an Emergency Department (ED) that is full and sent to one that is farther away.” (From the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System by the Institute of Medicine of […]

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Preventing Medication Errors With New Technologies

January 29, 2007

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St. Clair Hospital is a 331-bed acute care hospital in Pittsburgh. Each year management is required to report the number of medication error occurrences to the board of directors. Routinely, approximately 600 medication errors were reported. It was later learned that this number was underreported by a wide margin. In March 2004, a “five rights” […]

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