Healthcare News & Insights

Hospitals: Why your access control systems may not be secure

Access control has become a vital security measure for nearly every organization – especially healthcare facilities, where patients, sensitive documentation, high-value equipment and medications abound. In this guest post, Brad Konkle, director of integrated solutions at an electronic security company, details the added security access control technology offers to protect buildings and assets, and to ensure […] [MORE]

Effectively managing and tracking healthcare facility visitors and vendors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Managing your vendors and visitors may have been simple at one time, but no longer. In this guest post, Julie Walker, senior VP and general manager of a company that provides healthcare facilities with governance, risk management and compliance SaaS solutions, offers ways healthcare facilities can effectively manage and track entrants while guaranteeing the safety […] [MORE]

Innovation to address pain management: How AR/VR can help

  Opioids have been the focus of the media for a while now, and the press has been almost all negative. But patients need help in relieving their pain. In this guest post, Patrick Allen, BSN, MBA, principal at an integrated business, technology and experience consulting practice, will offer an alternative to opioid prescriptions in […] [MORE]

Seeing 20/20: Demystifying patient accounts data archiving

In the past, when healthcare organizations transitioned to new health information systems (HIS), patient accounts traditionally took a backseat to clinical implementation. Not surprising given HIS conversions are pricey, and patient care and safety is the priority. But growing regulations related to patient privacy and billing guidelines, coupled with the need to identify financial opportunities […] [MORE]

IoT and medical device integration: How we get there

Since HIPAA, electronic health records (EHR) and electronic medical records (EMR) continue transforming the way patient medical data is recorded and stored. As Internet of Things (IoT) devices become more prevalent in health care, many of them still lack integration with EHR and EMR, creating gaps between the creation of those records and their housing […] [MORE]

How phasing out shift work in NICUs benefits patients, physicians and hospitals

During a stay in a hospital, it’s unusual to see the same physician for consecutive days. This is a symptom of the typical shift work scheduling format implemented by most hospitals. Though this model of working intermittent shifts is routine for doctors and nurses, it’s not the most conducive to positive patient outcomes, physician well-being […] [MORE]

Getting your care transitions right

For an industry in the business of safely moving many of its primary customers from one setting to another, you would think health care would do better with care transitions. Yet despite the importance of care transitions to patients’ quality of care, quality of life and outcomes, many healthcare organizations still struggle with care transition […] [MORE]

EHR: Interoperability fixes that deliver organized, actionable data

Electronic health records (EHRs) were designed to streamline patient care, and promote efficient and effective clinical decision making. But over the years, electronic health data has become disorganized, making it difficult for physicians to find the patient information they need. In this guest post, David Lareau, CEO of a provider of physician-driven, point-of care EHR […] [MORE]

How to avoid HIPAA violations while using social media

For healthcare professionals, exercising a certain level of care can prevent most HIPAA violations on social media. Taking care not to divulge personal information or health details about patients is a big step in the right direction. Keeping an eye out for less obvious violations is also important. In this guest post, Melanie Purkis, product […] [MORE]

Combating healthcare-associated infections with advanced location technology

Hospitals are always trying to figure out how they can reduce their rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In this guest post, Melissa Berrios, RN, BSN, clinical educator for a provider of real-time location systems (RTLS) for the healthcare industry, offers one way to do just that.

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