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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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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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