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dbMotion helps Unity achieve better clinical outcomes

Unity Health System (Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A.) clinicians need a clear and comprehensive view of patient data to coordinate care. It is a challenge because the health system’s 346-bed hospital, 70 ambulatory sites, three nursing homes and home health agency use four different electronic health record (EHR) vendors. Unity turned to dbMotion from Allscripts to power its private health information exchange, branded u.Net Connect. Unity sites can now share information more easily with each other, and u.Net Connect enables the health system to link with Rochester’s regional health information organization (RHIO). The result? Positive clinical outcomes. Access to harmonized data helps clinicians better manage care, especially for patients with chronic diseases. For example, Unity’s vision for better care coordination attracted state funding three years ago to establish a  Community Diabetes Collaborative, which has helped reduce the number of patients with uncontrolled […]

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This post is one of a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. What should we call it? There is a concept emerging in healthcare that – despite its universal nature – does not have a common, global name. Called “population health management” in the United States, it’s an approach many healthcare organizations are taking to improve outcomes for groups of patients in their community. In Canada, people often call it “chronic disease management.” Others may refer to it as community […]

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Why an adjustable EPR is the best defense against sepsis

  • Steven Shaha, Ph.D., DBA
  • 04/22/2014

Sepsis exacts a devastating toll on human life, and the estimated costs for this disease are about US$17 billion in the United States alone.  But evidence suggests optimized electronic patient records (EPRs)* can make a real difference in the battle against sepsis and other hospital-acquired infections. My personal prediction is that, because of our ability to detect patient deterioration, sepsis will eventually become another never event. Fighting sepsis with computer power Sepsis is a deadly and costly disease that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissue. Treatments are not benign and are astronomically expensive, hence clinicians are appropriately conservative in initiating treatment. Sepsis is insidious. Clinicians know it might happen, but it’s hard to see all the factors contributing to it. In the past, we had to rely on smart clinicians, watching carefully to discern […]

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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical challenges

  • Toby C. Samo, MD, FACP
  • 04/17/2014

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This post is the first of a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. Caring for more patients than ever before Worldwide healthcare providers are seeing more patients than ever before. In part, because we’re living longer. In developed nations, there has been a huge increase in life expectancy over the last 50 years, and experts believe the trend will continue. For example, U.S. citizens had a life expectancy of 68.2 years in 1950, which jumped to 76.6 years in 2000, […]

Virdee Medical (Hornell, NY, U.S.A), a busy private pediatric practice, left paper charts behind when it implemented a hosted Allscripts solution in 2010. After migrating to hosted Allscripts Professional EHR and Allscripts Practice Management in 2013, the practice improved performance in many ways, as shared in a recent case study. 1)      No hassling with servers “We live in a physician community and saw the challenges many of our colleagues had with servers,” said Maninder Virdee, practice manager at Virdee Medical. “They constantly had to upgrade. We just did not want that responsibility.” 2)      Helps meet regulatory requirements “In the first year of having the solution, we have attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1,” said Virdee. “The hosted solution played a big part in that, especially the security risk analysis. It was much simpler than if I would have had my own […]

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The central nervous system’s guide to effective EHRs

When developing the Sunrise electronic health record (EHR) platform, we had a different vision than our competitors. We modeled Sunrise after one of the most intelligent networks: the central nervous system (CNS). Evaluation is at the core of Sunrise The CNS governs most processes in living organisms. It senses information, detects changes, evaluates input and takes action. Constantly monitoring, integrating and evaluating countless transactions, the CNS is the intelligent core of our being. From the earliest days of development, we envisioned Sunrise as the CNS of the healthcare organization. Our competitors started with a different approach. They designed a data repository to replace paper. Only as an afterthought did they begin to develop rules to do more than just move data electronically from place to place. In contrast, we designed (and continue to develop) Sunrise around the core concept of […]

I recently sat down with Helen Carter of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Salford, United Kingdom) to discuss how electronic patient records (EPR)* have resulted in positive changes for nurses. In 2008 the Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust set forth a goal to be the safest hospital in England. “That was a very brave statement,” observed Helen, Corporate Matron, with 19 years of nursing experience in the coronary care unit for cardiac patients. “We’re on our way to achieving that goal because of our EPR,” Carter said. It started with “baby steps” in one ward Helen Carter has a unique perspective on Salford Royal’s journey from paper prescriptions to electronic prescribing EPRs. She was the Ward Manager for the 10-bed coronary care unit that piloted the first system, starting in 2007. It was a smaller controlled environment, […]