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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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Industry-Leading Technology Expands Remote Patient Care

January 29, 2007

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WebVMC is a disease management technology company providing products and services to monitor and assess chronically ill patients while increasing compliance within a prescribed care plan. Our industry-leading technology expands patient quality of care, decreases healthcare costs and increases efficiency, throughput and outcomes. It is distinguished by being the only telehealth system that is software-based, […]

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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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Telehealth: A Cure for the Coming Healthcare Crisis

January 29, 2007

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Healthcare is in a precarious state. Spending has reached an all-time high – $2.0 trillion in 2005 – and is expected to reach 20 percent of the gross domestic product by 2015.[1] Two key drivers behind rising costs – the aging of America and a significant increase in people with chronic conditions – are straining […]

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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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Build Eisenhower’s Highway System for Today’s Needs

January 29, 2007

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Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act. It called for the construction of more than 40,000 miles of interstate highways and appropriated $25 billion for those projects over 10 years. This was a vast sum of money, considering that total federal spending in 1956 was $70 billion, […]

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Integrating Decision Support to Optimize Care

January 29, 2007

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Studies estimate that the adoption of health information technology (HIT) could produce efficiency and safety savings of $142 billion in U.S. physician offices and $371 billion in U.S. hospitals over the next 15 years. By implementing electronic health records, electronic ordering systems, decision support tools and handheld devices, U.S. healthcare providers can reduce healthcare spending […]

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