With great risk, many organizations are choosing a “bad jobs” strategy to address labor costs. Rather than retain experienced staff at higher wages, organizations take steps to encourage the departure of high-paid, experienced nurses to be replaced with less expensive and skilled substitutes.Continue reading
Delivering patient-centered care requires all professional involved in the care delivery to change what they do and how they do it.Continue reading
“It’s human nature to initially place “new” technologies into old behaviors since we have no other frame of reference.”Continue reading
Linking a care delivery episode to a patient’s perception of delivered services offers a view of how successfully an organization is satisfying the needs of patients.Continue reading
While healthcare information technology bombards clinicians with ever increasing patient data, it generally fails to offer clinicians tools and solutions that help them utilize this data effectively.Continue reading
Our 2015 is off to a good start. Helen, Davina, Art, Lynne, Mike, and Suzanne are doing well, Things are stabilizing while the medical community marches on discovering precision medicine approaches to cancer.
Although we are …
Although information technology cannot replace the staff delivering care to patients, it can assist organizations in choosing the best talent available, help develop that talent, and determine the best way to utilize the skills of these professionals.Continue reading
Talent recruitment and retention is a growing challenge for healthcare organizations around the world because of lower overall birthrate, leading to fewer potential workers, and Baby Boomers reaching retirement.
According to US Census Bureau projections, the …
Fortunately, the expansion in the use of electronic medical records provides the clinical content data that can help accurately drive patient acuity scoring.Continue reading
Organizations that will survive under the new realities of ACA recognize the power of healthcare information technology (HIT) to assist them in reworking their business processes and clinical workflows to achieve the goal of high quality, affordable care.Continue reading
One of the best parts about predicting the future is how rarely the soothsayer is held accountable. The famous Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, is popularly credited with predicting the rise of Hitler …Continue reading
Information technology systems are evolving. The goal is to use healthcare information technology to identify the best care processes and use the technology to ensure that these best processes are utilized worldwide.Continue reading
Analytics software presents a growing ever-present danger to organizations that do not understand how to best utilize the reports generated. Effective data governance requires that an overall objective for the analytics be set in advance of running reports.Continue reading
Despite the evolution and investment in EMRs over the past five decades, little evidence exists that all this digitization is making a difference in quality, safety, or cost.Continue reading
The word “gerrymander” comes from the pairing of Gerry’s name with the shape of one of the contorted districts north of Boston that resembled a salamander (see Figure 1). This gerrymandering of the Massachusetts Senate proved so successful that although the Federalist party won both the election for governor and a majority of the Massachusetts House, they failed to win the Senate, then controlled by the Democratic-Republicans.
The sophisticated analytics that allow for the gerrymandering of election districts also offer a model that can be applied in the delivery of population health services.Continue reading
Rather than considering patient information, and in particular genetic testing results, as private property to be used for private good, perhaps it is time to think of our population’s medical information as private property, owned and controlled by the patient, to be used for public good.Continue reading