Note: Views expressed by Guest Bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of “It Takes a Community” or Allscripts. Often the best solution to a complex problem is also the simplest. That was the case at my hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Penn. near Philadelphia. After examining patient complaints, we realized the majority of them were around communication breakdowns. So, my team and I created “The Daily CARE Plan,” a simple—yet elegant—way to better inform patients and their families about care received while in the hospital. With The Daily CARE Plan, caregivers simply review the one-page report with the patient and and family. The custom report provides an easy-to-read overview of the patient’s medical status, history, medications and plan of care for the day.  It sounds simple, but it is a powerful tool for patient engagement and safety.  To […]

Note: Views expressed by Guest Bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of “It Takes a Community” or Allscripts. While Meaningful Use-certified Electronic Health Records have become the de-facto standard and a must-have technology for most hospitals and increasingly clinics and physician practices, physician adoption of EHRs has been lagging – for well-understood reasons. Physicians have a strong need and desire to maximize their time with patients. Yet, technology is competing more and more for their time, and creating structured clinical documentation using EHR templates may actually negatively impact physician productivity in a point-and-click environment. Despite the availability of significant amounts of federal stimulus dollars to Meaningful Use-compliant institutions, most physicians perceive this to be less critical to widespread EHR adoption than access to tools that simplify, speed-up and improve the quality of clinical documentation within their EHR. An essential […]

This past year, I took a leave of absence from Allscripts to serve as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) coordinator for Query Health, an Open Government Initiative that is establishing standards, policies and services for distributed population queries of clinical records.  It comes at a unique moment in time – at the confluence of broad deployment of Electronic Health Records, the compelling need for standards for secondary use of that healthcare information, and a Stage 3 Meaningful Use strategy that focuses on a “learning health system.”  That is, a system in which the vast array of health data can be  aggregated, analyzed, and leveraged using real-time algorithms and functions.   I’m thrilled to be back and sharing what I learned about what we can do to implement a learning health system that benefits patients on a national scale. Our work began in […]

Innovative workflow solutions play a key role in the deployment of connected healthcare. Two industry thought leaders recently got together to discuss their experience in this area: Rick Schooler, Vice President and CIO of Orlando Health in Orlando, FL (CHIME/HIMSS CIO of the Year) Martin Kleinbart, Chief Strategy Officer at Citrus Valley Health Partners near Los Angeles Listen in as Schooler and Kleinbart discuss their connected healthcare objectives and how, despite their differences in size and geography, they are overcoming common challenges. Here’s some background on the two organizations and how they’re using Allscripts Community Record powered by dbMotion to help coordinate care across their enterprises. Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) operates three non-profit community hospitals, a 10-bed in-patient hospice and a robust home health program. It has approximately 1,000 affiliated physicians. CVHP will use Allscripts Community Record to distribute, […]