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Help Fierce recognize influential women in health IT

July 30th, 2015

by Dan Bowman

Each year, FierceHealthIT shines a spotlight on women who play a major role in the evolution of health IT. Our annual list--compiled with the help of reader nominations--includes individuals at the forefront of efforts merging patient care with technology. From providers, researchers and entrepreneurs to those in government, 28 leaders have been recognized over the past three years.

Last year, Bon Secours Health System Chief Nursing Informatics Officer Patricia Sengstack represented one of 10 leaders on our list. Sengstack, the immediate past president of the American Nursing Informatics Association, is an outspoken advocate for the use of health technology among nurses. She also teaches nursing informatics classes at Vanderbilt University, and in an interview with FierceHealthIT, said she adds new content to her courses every year to ensure her students get the most current information on the latest technologies.

Once again, we're asking for your help to recognize 10 more individuals who are making a lasting impact on the industry. Nominations, which can be submitted either by completing this brief survey or by reaching out directly to me or my colleague Katie Dvorak (, are due by Friday, Aug. 7; let us know who you think deserves to be highlighted for their efforts and why. I encourage all readers to participate.

>>Read the full commentary at FierceHealthIT

Reframing healthcare drama: Life is good!

July 30th, 2015

by Scott Kashman

Healthcare delivery changes at a rapid pace. Is this positive or doom and gloom? For more than 20 years, I've attended conferences where speakers have said, "these are unprecedented times in healthcare." Really? Doesn't it really come down to our view and attitude toward continuously improving our organizations?

A few years back, I recall having discussions with colleagues about situations that at first seemed unfortunate.

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Debunking the not-for-profit vs. for-profit dialysis care myth

July 30th, 2015

by Allen Nissenson

In the dialysis community--and the health sector as a whole--there is a single, unwavering goal: To improve the lives and well being of our patients. This universal sentiment holds true for those of us working in both for-profit (FP) care settings and not-for-profit (NFP) facilities.

However, through the years, an assumption has developed that NFP facilities often provide better care than FP settings. Yet, when it comes to dialysis, this assumption no longer has basis in fact, especially in light of new research. Unfortunately, though, in some cases, such flawed perception may continue to unduly dissuade patients from seeking out high-quality care at FP facilities--a potentially detrimental decision for vulnerable Americans. Moreover, it may thwart constructive dialogue and progressive policies that spur progress in improving care quality.

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Family perspective matters in the patient experience

July 30th, 2015

by Jason A. Wolf

I have had a number of personal encounters with the healthcare system during the last few years while growing and leading The Beryl Institute. Some remain more significant for the situation surrounding the experience and the encounter provided. In May 2013, I wrote a Hospital Impact blog about my first son's birth--underlining the critical importance of the "how" in driving experience excellence.

I offered then that:

What stood out to me and what made my family's experience, was something much simpler, yet more significant (than the litany of tactics an organization puts in place). It was the "how" of our care--how our experience, service, quality and safety were handled that made the impression on us.

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Reducing hospital readmissions through telemedicine partnerships with skilled nursing facilities

July 23rd, 2015

by Raymond Hino

Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary workstations to mobile carts to the latest "robotic" units that self-propel themselves down our hospital corridors without a driver, according to preprogrammed GPS instructions. This technology has been credited with bringing specialists, including critical care intensivists, to the bedside in hospitals where no such practitioners live or work within hundreds of miles.

Through my experience as a hospital CEO, I have seen our hospitals benefit through coverage in a variety of applications, including intensive care unit and hospitalist coverage and specialty consults in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. I have seen ICUs that have reopened after the introduction of telemedicine and remote presence physician coverage of the units. In short, telemedicine has proven itself as a revenue producing service for our hospitals.

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