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Improving Quality Patient Outcomes A Money Loser For Hospitals

Evan Albright | Forbes | April 17, 2013

Surgical patients who have complications generate better margins for hospitals, a new study  in the Journal of American Medical Association has found. Cue the outrage from the consumer media about “profit-hungry hospitals.” Read More »

In Disasters Such as Hurricanes, HIE Is 'As Critical as Having Roads, as Having Fire Hydrants'

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | October 31, 2012

The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) sees itself as a "public utility" as much as an HIE. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as patients bounce between hospitals (and as other public utilities, such as electricity and transportation, are compromised), it has enabled critical continuity of care. The images of dozens of red-flashing ambulances, evacuating as many as 200 patients – some of them in critical condition, some of them infants – from NYU Langone Medical Center, whose backup generator had failed, to hospitals such as Sloan-Kettering and NewYork-Presbyterian, will be some of the most enduring images from the super storm. The harrowing process was made much smoother by the fact that those patients' electronic health records were secure and readily accessible at the hospitals to which they were thanks to New York's statewide HIE... Read More »

In Hurricane’s Wake, Decisions Not To Evacuate Hospitals Raise Questions

Sheri Fink | ProPublica | November 1, 2012

Now, in the late evening hours, the worst-case scenario was unfolding at the main campus of NYU's Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, which had lost much of its backup power at the height of the storm. Could North Shore-LIJ dispatch ambulances from its Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City to pick up four critically ill babies from the neo-natal intensive care unit? New York City hospital and nursing home patients and their loved ones might reasonably have believed they were safe as Hurricane Sandy approached. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had exempted hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying "Zone A" areas of the city from his pre-storm evacuation order. Much thought and planning had gone into the decision to "shelter in place."

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Independent Doctors Unite To Fight National Trend Toward Hospitals Buying Physician Groups

Marni Jameson | Orlando Sentinel | April 3, 2013

Since January, at least 114 local doctors have traded their independence for steady paychecks from hospitals. The move, part of a nationwide trend, has wide implications not only for doctors but also for patients' pocketbooks. Read More »

Indian Hospitals Could Show U.S. Hospitals How To Save Money Without Cutting Quality

Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti | The Washington Post | November 1, 2013

No matter how the fight over Obamacare shakes out, the biggest challenge facing U.S. health care will remain reducing costs while improving quality of care and access for patients. The experience of a few innovative Indian hospitals may point the way forward. Read More »

IT Iconoclasts: Experts Offer Dissent On Policy Issues, Technology Implementation

Joseph Conn | Information Technology | January 28, 2013

Each month, more hospitals and office-based physicians buy and use electronic medical records and other health information technologies as the U.S. presses on toward achieving the goal first articulated by President George W. Bush in 2004: providing most Americans with access to an electronic medical record within a decade... Read More »

Johns Hopkins: Thanks To EHRs, Time With Patients Seems “Squeezed Out” Of Medical Training, Investigator Says

Staff Writer | Health Care Renewal | April 24, 2013

Question:  Who would have thought it?  That there is yet another potentially deadly unintended consequence of bad health IT and health IT hyper-enthusiasm? Read More »

Joint Commission Warns About Dangers From Alarm Fatigue

Maureen McKinney | ModernHealthcare.com | April 8, 2013

The nation's largest hospital accreditation organization has issued a warning to hospitals about the dangers of alarm fatigue, which can occur when clinicians become desensitized to the incessant beeping of medical device alarms. Read More »

Latest ECRI Institute Report Names Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues

Staff Writer | HITECH Answers | February 21, 2013

The Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing applied scientific research to enable improvement of patient care. The organization is a designated Evidence-Based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and listed as a federal Patient Safety Organization by HHS... Read More »

Lawmaker Slams VA For 'Big Brother' Surveillance

Bryant Jordan | Military.com | April 12, 2013

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee has filed legislation requiring Department of Veterans Affairs' hospital personnel to have the consent of a patient or other authorized party before setting up surveillance cameras in the veteran’s room. Read More »

Let's do the numbers

Paul Levy | Not Running A Hospital | August 15, 2012

Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson offer a story in the New York Times about the HCA for-profit hospital system, noting "A giant hospital chain is blazing a profit trail."  The HCA story and similar ones about other hospital chains financed by private equity force us to consider how a such firms can achieve a return on equity that satisfies investors. Read More »

Lower Costs and Better Care for Neediest Patients

Atul Gawande | New York Times | January 24, 2011

Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care? Read More »

MaineHealth To Go Live With New EHR, Speech Tech

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | October 2, 2012

As it rolls out a new electronic health record system across eight hospitals, MaineHealth will also deploy speech recognition technology to make it easier and quicker to fill in the patient chart. Read More »

Meaningful Use May Unintentionally Increase Care Disparities

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | November 6, 2013

I read with great interest this week my colleague Ron Shinkman's thought-provoking commentary about how the 25 states that have refused to expand Medicaid eligibility pursuant to the Affordable Care Act and rejected billions of federal dollars could ultimately degrade the quality of their patients' care. [...] Read More »

Meaningful Use Payouts Top $16.5 Billion

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | November 11, 2013

Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program continues to increase, with more than 425,000 active registrations of eligible professionals and eligible hospitals. Overall, 325,000 unique providers have been paid incentives representing more than $16.5 billion in payouts, according to an article in Government Health IT. Read More »