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The following whitepapers have been made available to readers of Becker's Hospital Review. Click on the category below to see the whitepaper available on that topic.


Health IT

Hospital Finance

Organizational Culture & Performance

Process Improvement

Physician Integration

Workforce & Labor Management

Patient Safety




Health IT


Title: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Secure Text Messaging Solution

Source: tigertext            

With the rise of mobile devices in the workplace, healthcare organizations must find a secure HIPAA-compliant solution to enable their staff to quickly communicate and accelerate patient concerns. Yet, when faced with various options it’s difficult to know what questions to ask to ensure you select the right solution.

Download this white paper to learn the top 10 questions to answer before selecting a secure text messaging solution to ensure you address all your needs and concerns with your potential vendors.

Click here to access this paper.



Title: Mobile Apps as Tools of Cost Reduction in Healthcare       

Source: MobileSmith             

Spiraling healthcare costs in the U.S. have coincided with an unprecedented explosion of mobile apps and mobile health technologies. The question arises, can hospital-branded mobile apps help reduce costs for patients, hospitals and payers? 

Explore the evidence and optimistic expert predictions supporting the cost-saving power of mobile health apps:
     - Mobile technology and its actual and potential impact on healthcare costs
     - Examples of mobile use cases for cost reduction in hospitals
     - 5 steps to prototyping and building an efficient, low-cost mobile app

Discover real mobile use cases for real cost savings – and a way to easily implement them without expensive and lengthy development!

Click here to access this paper.


Title: Is BYOD Right for your Hospital?                        Vocera Logo 2014

Source: Vocera        

 Policies around mobile device use inside and outside the clinical setting have become a must address issue. This in-depth report provides answers to key questions about the use of personal devices in clinical situations and is a must read.

Click here to access this paper.



Process Improvement


hc1logoTitle: How to Reduce Test Utilization While Improving the Patient Experience

Source: hc1.com

Learn how a leading acute hospital located in the midwest took dramatic steps beyond the "volume to value" shift by reigning in test utilization. This case study outlines the steps taken by St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital In order to instantly identify trends and opportunities for improvement at both the physician and patient level while easily accessing the wealth of intelligence trapped among various systems.

Click here to access this paper. 


Corporate Full Color 3TitleThe OB-ED: Redefining the Standard of Women’s Care and Strengthening Hospital Finances   

Source: TEAMHealth

One of the most recent and innovative women’s healthcare service offerings is the obstetrical emergency department, or OB-ED. The OB-ED redefines the standard of women’s care in the hospital setting, promoting patient safety and enhancing satisfaction, improving quality, and reinforcing community provider relationships—all while embracing an entrepreneurial approach to strengthening hospital finances. TeamHealth’s white paper helps provides a blue print of how the OB-ED model fundamentally changes hospitals care for expectant mothers in a way that improves patient satisfaction, enhances patient safety and quality of care, and increases hospital revenue.

Click here to access this paper. 



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Title: 5 Ways to Reduce Readmission Rates and Improve Your Bottom Line                     

Source: Vocera          

Implementing multi-tiered strategies for reducing readmission rates are a must do for any hospital looking to improve patient care and provide a high quality experience. This in-depth report provides the key best practices for developing the multi-tiered plan and is a must read.

Click here to access this paper.


Title: Streamline Anesthesia To Ensure Financial SuccessSomnia

Source: Somnia Anesthesia

In today's healthcare marketplace, having a traditional anesthesia operation in place may prove detrimental to hospitals that do not adapt and evolve. With vast complexities and lack of accountability plaguing traditional anesthesia, many hospitals are finding it difficult to compete and to continue successful, efficient operations. Our latest anesthesia resource, "Modernizing Anesthesia in a Changing Healthcare Marketplace," presents a four-step guideline that anesthesia providers should follow to transform, modernize and manage anesthesia departments.

By downloading this resource, you will learn:

- How the current direction of healthcare is effecting your bottom line
- The problems caused by the overwhelming complexities of traditional anesthesia
- The concept of modernizing anesthesia services to increase accountability and enhance data reporting measures
Crucial points of consideration when exploring anesthesia management options

Click here to automatically download a copy of this must-read resource.



Title: Transforming the Hospital OR Surgical-Directions-logo

Source: Surgical Directions

Strong surgery department performance is critical to creating a sustainable hospital business model. Unfortunately, most ORs struggle with a “negative performance cascade”—a chain of efficiency, cost and physician satisfaction problems that ends in poor financial outcomes. The good news is that even struggling ORs can turn around quickly.

This white paper shows how Memorial Regional Hospital in Florida engineered a one-year OR turnaround. Learn how the hospital:
•    Created a physician-led governance body that provided powerful OR leadership
•    Used pre-op process improvements to cut cancellations by more than half
•    Crafted a block time schedule system that boosted OR utilization by 79%
•    Created an OR culture and environment that increased surgeon satisfaction
•    Achieved OR revenue gains that increased the hospital’s net margin by $3 million

Download the white paper here.


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Title: Can Your Hospital Afford Not to Implement a Comprehensive Credentialing Program?

Source: IntelliCentrics

The cost of credentialing is significant, but not credentialing could cost your hospital even more. Managing the credentials of all hospital employees and commercial visitors can mean high administrative costs. In fact, a comprehensive credentialing program costs an average-sized hospital $1 million a year. However, failure to manage these processes leaves patients at greater health and safety risks, while exposing hospitals to major financial risks. Upon closer examination, while the cost of credentialing is significant, the cost of NOT credentialing can be five times as great. Click here to access whitepaper.



Hospital Finance


KeyBank1Title: The New PPACA Electronic Payments Environment and What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

Source: KeyBank

The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration. To take full advantage of the opportunities offered by this changing environment, healthcare providers need a thorough understanding of the new rules and the options available to them. Key’s Preparing for the New PPACA Electronic Payments Environment white paper includes an explanation of the new rules, a discussion of the benefits and challenges of going electronic, and a detailed “provider’s checklist.” This wealth of information will help providers plan for the changes and take the most appropriate action

The Benefits of Moving to Electronic Payments
• Faster payments and improved cash flow
• Improved claims administration
• Better risk management
• More efficient processing
• Enhanced company service levels

Click here to access the paper.


Title: The Power of Strong Financial Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

In an exclusive roundtable, five healthcare CFOs and two finance experts discuss risk management challenges and solutions and the impact of trends including consolidation and new capital spending initiatives. As they look to adapt to seismic shifts in the healthcare industry, hospital and health system CFOs must stay focused and trust their instincts when it comes to managing risks for their organizations.Click here to access.



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Title: Automated Revenue Cycle Management: Improving financial performance in uncertain times

Source: GE Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are facing uncertain times, which is putting strains on their revenue cycle management (RCM). Medicare cuts, shifting payer markets and new payment models are straining existing approaches to billing and collections. It is clear that to prosper, organizations must automate their RCM as much as possible. Automation can help lower staff costs, enhance clean claims rates, cut denial rates, improve patient collections and reduce bad debt – all contributing to enhanced profitability, improved financial outcomes and, potentially, improved patient satisfaction.

To learn more, download the white paper “Automated Revenue Cycle Management: Improving financial performance in uncertain times”.





 Organizational Culture Performance 

Title: Building Collaboration in Healthcare Senior Teams

Source: Select International

The U.S. healthcare system is facing a period of unprecedented change – both in scope and pace. Healthcare senior leaders are feeling the pressure. Those organizations with a leadership team capable of functioning as a cohesive, collaborative group are at an advantage. Those who can’t, will struggle and fail.  Other industries have taken a more deliberate approach to selecting and developing leaders, and a culture of collaboration. Healthcare needs to catch up – quickly. Click here to access whitepaper.



Workforce & Labor Management



API Healthcare A GE Healthcare Company Logo RGB-01Title: 5 Leading Practices for Labor Cost and Care Quality Impprovement: Leveraging Workforce Data

Source: API Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements. Click here to access whitepaper.


Title: Front Line Healthcare Managers 

Source: Select International

Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. Senior leaders need, at a minimum, managers who can actually manage, and need to provide them the tools to be effective.  In many healthcare organizations the front line and mid-level managers are chosen with a traditional healthcare culture and management model in mind. This means that no matter how much effort you put into hiring patient-focused, engaged front line staff, you won’t achieve your goals.  At the very least, we are seeing a realization that the traditional approach won’t work in the face of today’s challenges. The next step, however, is for healthcare organizations to commit the time and resources to a deliberate management level talent strategy. Without it, improved patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and bottom line organizational performance, will remain elusive. Click here to access whitepaper.



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Title: 3 Steps to Reduce Your Labor Costs through Workforce Operational Efficiency

Source: API Healthcare

Uncertainty and fundamental changes in the way healthcare is delivered are prevalent in the healthcare industry. Collectively, hospitals are facing an industry where it is increasingly difficult to achieve the cost containment and quality improvements necessary to survive.
With the workforce accounting for 54.2% of hospital operating costs, focusing on workforce operational management can reduce labor costs and improve care quality. Learn how to elevate your operations beyond survival mode with three strategic steps to optimizing your most valuable asset, the workforce, and thrive in today’s uncertain healthcare environment. Click here to access this whitepaper.




 Patient Safety


Inpro LogoDiscriptor Box cmykTitle: Design approaches to reduce patient-fall injuries 

Source: inpro


Each year, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall while in the hospital. That rivals the number of patients who contract a healthcare associated infection (HAI). Of those patient falls, 111,000 result in a fatality, and 30-35% result in injuries. Extended stays to treat fall injuries mean bottom-line impacts for the hospital. Increasing focus of government agencies and healthcare industry associations is being brought to bear on reducing what could almost be called the epidemic of slips and falls. Certainly, slip-fall prevention takes a multi-faceted approach. This white paper offers several design options that show promise in the fight against slip-fall injuries. Click here to access this whitepaper.


HID logo CMYKTitle: How to Align Information Security and Safety in Healthcare

Source: HID

What is your hospital's biggest security threat? Are you prepared to stop it?

This paper examines the five layers of security you need to protect your patients and their information -- plus the best ways to ensure physical security for your facility staff, physicians and patients.

These dual security concerns involve different departments, and roles and responsibilities. Both are critically important to ensuring the reputation of an institution and the safety of its physicians, staff and patients. Hospitals have a variety of tools for a strong and versatile PACS solution while also solving strong authentication challenges for information security and patient information privacy. Click here to access this whitepaper.












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