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The Case for Decision Support: Safer Medication Management and Lower Costs

January 29, 2007

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“First do no harm” is a foundational principle in healthcare. Because of that principle, medication safety moved to the forefront of discussion with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 revelation that more than 7,000 people in the United States die annually from medication errors.[1] Subsequently, the July 2006 IOM report “Preventing Medication Errors”[2] again focused […]

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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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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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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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