Hospital replaces manual Rx process with e-filling, achieves error rate of just .006%

LIFE St. Mary, a hospital in the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic health system, had a manual process to request medication refills and fill pillboxes. THE PROBLEM The pharmacy was not integrated with the electronic health record and it did not have full bidirectional electronic prescribing. Medication lists were not accurate and there was no ability to confirm the last refill date […]

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Implementation best practices: Getting pop health off the ground

Increasingly, healthcare provider organizations across the country are launching population health management programs to improve health, enhance care delivery, trim costs and contend with the growing demands of value-based care. But healthcare leaders cannot begin to get into population health without their CIOs and other health IT professionals effectively deploying information technology to support these programs. There’s a lot of […]

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VxWorks OS is vulnerable to remote takeover

It’s the operating system that runs the elevator, the HVAC system, medical equipment, and even the router that connects everything else in a hospital to the outside world. Wind River Systems’ VxWorks real time operating system powers these devices and more. But pervasive vulnerabilities in versions going back over a decade have recently been discovered. The vulnerability is within the […]

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HHS funding new rural workforce programs to the tune of $20M

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $20 million in grants to help healthcare organizations in 21 states create new rural residency programs. WHY IT MATTERS The funding, disbursed through the Health Resources and Services Administration via its Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants, will help these states launch new residency programs over the next three […]

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Geisinger names Dr. Jaewon Ryu its new president and CEO

Dr. Jaewon Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO of Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger for the past six months, has been approved by the health system’s board of directors to take on the role full time. He’s just the seventh chief executive in Geisinger’s century-plus existence. WHY IT MATTERS Ryu, who had served as Geiseinger’s chief medical officer since […]

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European HQ fuels Q Core ambitions for infusion systems market

Israeli infusion system specialist Q Core Medical has opened a new European hub in Marseille, France, to capitalise on growing demand for its smart pumps in both hospital and ambulatory care settings. The European HQ will be led by country manager Laurent Schektman, who said that the location was the doorway to the French and European healthcare markets. “France is especially […]

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At UChicago Medicine, patient satisfaction scores soar with digital rounds

At UChicago Medicine, paper-based nurse rounding was not fully capturing patients’ and families’ feedback at the point of care. THE PROBLEM The paper documentation was not readily accessible to the entire care team, and it was difficult to use in follow-up calls with patients after discharge. The paper-based rounding method did not enhance the patient experience or provide necessary information […]

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