Whitepaper Archive

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.

 

Clinical Excellence

Health Information Technology

Hospital Finance

Hospital-Physician Relationships

Patient Safety and Experience

Quality and Infection Control

Readmissions and Care Coordination

Supply Chain

Process Improvement

Workforce and Labor Management

 


Process Improvement

 

SchumacherCP FullColorLogoTitle: Fix Emergency Department Overcrowding, Wait Times, and Throughput

Source: Schumacher Clinical Partners

Emergency department overcrowding and lengthy wait times are nothing new. But with the advent of the Affordable Car Act and resultant rise in ED volume, both are getting increasingly worse. By implementing a few process changes at a patient’s arrival in the ED, your hospital’s ED can significantly improve flow and set the stage for more efficient throughput, ultimately reducing overcrowding and wait times.

In this white paper, we’ll focus on:
• Quickly assess arriving patient’s needs while minimizing risk 
• Minimize patient wait times, waste and redundancies in productivity
• Drastically reduce patient-to-provider time and LWBS rates

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Revisiting Regional Anesthesia: A Pathway to Optimal Patient Outcomes, Surgeon Satisfaction and Value-based Payments

Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia 

Modern advances in regional anesthesia can provide competitive advantages to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. This white paper examines how a robust regional anesthesia program improves efficiency, performance measures and profitability, and delights patients, surgeons and healthcare administrators.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Fixing Healthcare’s Broken Pre-Authorization Screening & Verification Model

Source: RelayHealth Financial 

Among the processes that influence the healthcare revenue cycle, pre-authorization stands out—but not in a good way. It lacks the foundation of a widely-adopted electronic data exchange, resulting in repeated manual, ad hoc methods of securing and confirming payer approval for non-emergency medical services.

So where does authorization break down? And how can it be fixed?

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

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Title: Building A Post-Acute Partnership: How to Qualify Your Post-Actue Care Partners to Prepare for Value-Based Medicine

Source: Mainstreet

Value-based reimbursement has completely changed how hospitals deliver care. In order to avoid costly readmission rates and other penalties, hospitals now have to extend their oversight and responsibility beyond discharge to cover the entire continuum of care, necessitating strong post-acute care partnerships.

This article will help you qualify your post-acute partnerships to make sure they’re prepared for value-based medicine.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

vocera logoTitle: Innovation and the Human Experience in Healthcare

Souce: Vocera Communications

 
Improving the experience of care can be lost in the push to find innovative ways to improve quality, lower costs, and withstand changing payment models. The Experience Innovation Network, part of Vocera, examined how healthcare organizations keep the human experience front and center in their approaches to innovation.
 
Here are a few of the critical attributes that leading organizations shared. Download the full report to learn more.
  • Having C-level support for both innovation and experience improvement
  • Incorporating experience improvement into the organization’s innovation vision statement
  • Highlighting improvements to physician and staff experience as a means of recruiting pilot sites and speeding the diffusion of successful innovation

Click here to learn more. 

 

regentTitle: Ambulatory Care Platforms as the Key Driver of a Successful Value-Based Care Strategy

Source: Regent Surgical Health

Regent Surgical Health’s comprehensive, new white paper, “Ambulatory Care Platforms as the Key Driver of a Successful Value-Based Care Strategy,” shares insights and expertise to help hospital systems embrace the strategic, structural and operational approaches that optimize ambulatory care platforms to enhance value-based care strategies. In addition to exploring industry best practices, Regent Surgical Health shares its experience working with health systems across the country to develop and execute ASC strategies that improve outcomes and lower the cost of care.

Click here to learn more. 

 

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Source: DataGen

Before the second data feed, is the program showing early signs of success?

The healthcare industry is in a state of quiet anticipation as we await the second data feed from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model. Participants still have a lot of questions. Will the program help hospitals deliver better accountability for care? Will care be coordinated more effectively? Is it going to help reduce costs—and if it does, for whom?

Click here to learn more. 

 

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Title: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine: Freestanding EDs Meet Patients Where They Are

Source: Adeptus

Hospital-based emergency department (ED) care systems are overburdened. Americans require emergency care more than ever, but EDs are constrained by space, staff and resources resulting in overcrowding across the country. Freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) are a solution to this issue. FSEDs expand access to emergency care at equal to lower fees with smaller patient volumes and shorter wait times. FSEDs can educate patients and bring new insights to help develop better performing facilities that put patient care first. FSEDs are not a replacement, but a high quality supplement to address the growing need for more emergency care in the U.S.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

Title: Healthcare Breach Security Assessment

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Source: Intel

See this whitepaper for how to benchmark your maturity, priorities and breach security capabilities compared to the HLS industry across 8 types of breaches and 42 security capabilities. Key take-aways for participating HLS organizations include their breach security maturity score, where they may be over or under prioritizing different types of breaches, their percentile in terms of readiness across 8 breach types, and where they have significant gaps and opportunities for improvement across 42 breach security capabilities.

Fill out the form to discover:

  • Maturity of your breach security, benchmarked against the healthcare industry
  • Your readiness percentile score across 8 types of breaches and ransomware
  • Potential gaps in your breach security where you may be lagging the healthcare industry, and opportunities for improvement

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

PhilipsNA Wordmark 2008 RGBTitle:Implementing a Successful Population Health Management Program 

Source: Philips

In this white paper, Philips offers a framework for implementing a successful population health management program (PHM) to address the broader factors beyond analytics and/or diagnosing and treating disease.

This approach to population health management can be thought of as “continuous health” – a way to better analyze, manage and account for the health of individuals and populations. Continuous health is characterized by immediate and uninterrupted connections and interactions that promote ongoing health and proactive care. It works across the full spectrum of where, when and how health happens. However, achieving this vision requires transformation in all elements of the industry ecosystem. To drive towards a continuous health approach, Philips identifies nine specific interconnected areas for success in population health management. Learn how to distinguish areas requiring improvement, recognize areas of strength, and prioritize capabilities and long-term goals to yield a population health strategy suited to every unique need.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

Health360-LogoTMTitle: Embracing Population Health Management: How Six Innovators Are Pioneering Value-Based Care

Source: Tribridge

As we move along the continuum from volume- to value based care, not all providers face the same challenges, although there are critical areas of overlap. In this eBook we will look more closely at acute care, post-acute care/rehabilitation management and chronic disease management providers, and spotlight areas of innovation, in particular with Tribridge Health360, a CRM-powered, cloud-based Population Health Management (PHM) solution.

Learn how today’s healthcare organizations are leading the industry’s transformation to value-based care and are achieving:

  • Improved performance, outcomes and patient well-being
  • Greater care team efficiency and improved consumer loyalty
  • Higher quality care at lower costs

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

surgical-directions-logo-finalTitle: How Out-of-OR Areas Can Impact Performance

Source: Surgical Directions

Running an efficient operating room is like keeping a number of spinning plates going at the same time. When one falls and breaks, the others are vulnerable to the same outcomes. This whitepaper will explain the many roles of the anesthesiologist both in and out of the operating room and outlines how adequate staffing in the anesthesiology department and oversight of scheduling by the SSEC will aide in ensuring overall efficiency and quality.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Aligning Facilities Management Operations with Healthcare Provider Strategies

Source: Medxcel Facilities Management

Healthcare facilities are often required to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of their facilities operations services while their budgets shrink. Patient safety and satisfaction remain top priority and demand safe, efficient facilities, which, in turn demand ample resources. In this white paper, we will outline how facilities operations can successfully align with healthcare provider strategies by doing far more with less.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 


Clinical Excellence

ECI logoTitle: Flowers Hospital Case Study: Overcoming Emergency Department Challenges

Source: ECI Healthcare Partners

Learn how ECI Healthcare Partners helped the emergency department of a 235-bed hospital overcome challenges so many emergency departments face: instability,
stagnant patient volume, lengthy door-to- provider times, and gaping schedule holes. In this case study, we’ll outline how installing strong clinical leadership; recruiting quality, community-minded providers; and implementing process improvements, such as inserting a provider in triage, helped the department thrive and achieve outstanding results, including:

  • 20% increase in patient volume
  • 79% decrease in door-to- provider times
  • 50% decrease in LWOT rates

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

Cardinal-Health-logoTitle: As the Pharmacy Assumes a Lead Role in Strategic Initiatives, Hospitals Find Remote Pharmacy Services an Effective Solution to Ensure Patient Safety and the Bottom Line

Source: Cardinal Health

Remote pharmacy services have generally been overlooked by large hospitals and health systems, which until recently maintained highly efficient pharmacy departments of their own. However, as hospital pharmacy staff are increasingly being pulled away from the pharmacy to assist and lead in system-wide clinical and strategic initiatives, and as reimbursements and patient satisfaction surface as top priorities, hospitals of all sizes are beginning to realize the value of supplementing their pharmacies with remote clinical personnel.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

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Title: How Accessible is Your Health System? Identifying and Solving Patient Access Problems

Source: Everseat

To meet the needs of a patient base that’s growing in size and complexity, health systems must become more accessible. Long waits to access care endanger patient well-being and damage health systems’ reputations and finances.

Hospitals and health systems that develop patient-centered scheduling systems will reap the extraordinary benefits of a healthier and more satisfied patient base. Yet most continue to operate under scheduling protocols created during an earlier era, designed for the benefit of providers rather than patients.

This white paper describes the challenges of creating a more accessible health system, and explores the latest solutions. Learn how to move your own health system toward greater accessibility with emerging technology and improved protocols.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

 


Hospital Finance

 

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Title: Healthcare's Fiduciary's Handbook - A step-by-step guide for non-profit hospitals & healthcare systems

Source: Russell Investments

To help manage the complexity surrounding your investment program, we’ve written the Healthcare Fiduciary’s Handbook. This step-by-step guide includes:

  • An intuitive framework to effectively oversee your investment program.
  • Practical advice from Russell Investment experts on aligning your asset pools with your organizational goals.
  • How to target your investment objectives by aligning your investment beliefs.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Why More Hospitals Seek Revenue Cycle Experts to Protect Finances, Gain Competitive Edge

Source: Cerner

This whitepaper will discuss:

  • Financial and IT benefits of outsourcing revenue cycle operations
  • Long-term and short-term outsourcing strategies
  • Trends in the financial services market
  • Critical traits in a financial service partner

To learn how your organization can benefit from a financial services partnership, how to structure the relationship and what to look for in a potential partner,
download the whitepaper here.

 

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Title: Financing Acquisitions: Top Strategies for Today's Healthcare Providers

Source: KeyBank

This white paper explores the state of M&A activity in the healthcare provider industry, what’s driving it and, importantly, the top strategies today’s healthcare leaders should use to evaluate their M&A financing options. Healthcare executives of hospitals and health systems view M&A activity not just as a way to maintain solvency but as a path toward excellence in care delivery—and, of course, adapting to the new environment birthed by reform. Experts predict consolidation within the healthcare provider industry will continue for several more years as organizations seek ways to expand their territories, maximize growth opportunities and diversify their payer mixes.

Click here to download the whitepaper

 

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Title: Value-Based Reimbursements are Here: Are you Ready?

Source: Coker Group

Are you one of the healthcare executives who remains reluctant to prepare for value-based payment models? This paper will look at current payment changes, not those conceptualized or anticipated but those actually occurring in the marketplace today. It will also discuss how executives can manage through the changes and remain successful in a more value-based care delivery model.

Readers will learn
1. What changes are occurring in today’s marketplace
2. What executives need to do to manage through the change and remain successful

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: 7 Steps for Building and Funding Sustainability Projects

Source: KeyBank

Before launching an energy-efficiency initiative, it’s important to build a solid business case and understand thefunding options and potential incentives that are available. Healthcare leaders should consider taking the steps outlined in the whitepaper to ease the process of gaining approval, piloting, implementing, and supporting sustainability projects.  You will find that investing in sustainability and energy efficiency helps hospitals add cash to their bottom lineIn this whitepaper, discover how hospitals and health systems have various options for funding energy-efficient and renewable-energyinitiatives, depending on their current financial structure and strategy.

Click here to download this whitepaper.

 

GE Healthcare logoTitle: Maximizing Point of Service Collections: Improve Health System Financial Performance

Source: GE Healthcare

Changes in healthcare have put a spotlight on front-end collections. Revenue coming directly from patients due to the proliferation of high deductible health plans is growing and, as a result, point of service collections has become more complex. To successfully manage the increased pressure on patient collections requires a different approach for many organizations, one that focuses on people, processes, technology, and partnerships to ensure providers achieve as close to 100% of net collections as possible.

This white paper discusses the pressing need for health systems and practices to shift the focal point of revenue cycle improvements to front-end workflows to help reduce costs and improve financial performance.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

RHF logo color jpgTitle: Getting in Front of the Problem: How Can Hospitals Empower Denial Prevention and Management?

Source: RelayHealth Financial 

Claim denials are a pervasive and persistent problem for hospitals, as up to 1 in 5 claims is delayed or denied.[i] The impact of denials on a hospital's bottom line could be substantial — roughly 3 percent of net revenue may be attributed to denials, according to research from The Advisory Board Company.[ii]

It is no longer acceptable to manage each denied claim individually, or rely on the back-end revenue cycle managers to fix problems. Dwindling reimbursement combined with increasingly stringent payer requirements necessitates a more deliberate, proactive and pre-emptive approach.

The key is a three-pronged solution: denials prevention, denials management and denials analysis. With the right tools and support, it is possible to identify where errors and inefficiencies occur among the numerous touchpoints of the revenue cycle and target solutions to both prevent and manage denials along the way....

Click here to download the whitepaper.

[i] "Automated Billing/Payment Process Can Reduce U.S. Health Care Costs without Sacrificing Patient Care." PNC Financial Services Group, November 2007

[ii] "Driving the Denials Management Initiative, a Renewed Focus." The Advisory Board Company, Washington, D.C., web conference, July 2009

 

data gen logoTitle: Top 7 Things PAC Providers Need to Know to be Successful Partner in CCJR

Source: DataGen

Hospitals may be the only risk-bearing entities under CMS’ CCJR proposed model, but there are major implications for post-acute care (PAC) providers.  Based on our review of the CCJR program, this white paper outlines the top seven things PAC providers need to know about and act on to be successful partners in this and other emerging payment models.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 


Health Information Technology

 

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Title: The Changing Dynamics of Customer Engagement

Source: Salesforce

Today’s healthcare customers, from patients to members, want faster, more responsive service across every channel and on any device. Providing omni-channel service at a cost that makes sense for the business is top of mind for any executive. So how can leaders manage this while delivering best-in-class personalized service? In this e-book, you’ll meet two visionary companies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and American Addiction Centers, that are revolutionizing the customer experience in today’s highly connected world. Each company will share tips on what it has established and what it is doing to drive success with its customers. See how these organizations are taking it to the next level — from providing an effortless customer experience through contact centers, to driving agent productivity with omni-channel support. Both of these healthcare leaders are building engaging experiences to transform healthcare service.

Click here to learn more. 

 

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Title: Case Study: Southwest Medical's Winning Strategy for Telehealth

Source: Americal Well

In 2014, Southwest Medical Associates, one of Nevada’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, partnered with American Well to launch its telehealth service, SMA NowClinic. Since launch, Southwest Medical has enrolled more than 30,000 patients in its program, with more than 20,000 telehealth visits.  Many different factors can be attributed to the great success of this telehealth program, including its provider engagement strategy, pilot program, and multi-pronged marketing plan. For an insider’s look at how Southwest Medical planned, built and executed this industry-leading telehealth service, read the newly released case study.

Click here to learn more. 

 

Title: Bridging the Patient ID Accuracy Gap

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Source: Lenovo Health and Intel

Identity theft is not limited to shady eCommerce websites or restaurant servers. Medical identity theft is mainstream, with over 2 million victims in the last year alone. Get the stats you need to start down the path to a more secure infrastructure, today.

Click here to learn more.  

 

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Title: 12 Hospital Apps for Quick Mobile ROI

Source: MobileSmith

This whitepaper answers the million-dollar question of mobile ROI in healthcare. How can hospitals put mobile apps to work quickly, to solve real, costly problems? We have distilled the best and quickest mobile use cases that can make a measurable impact on:

    • Preventable readmissions
    • Emergency room overuse
    • Physician burnout
    • Referral leakage
    • Population health, and much more!

Check out these simple apps your hospital can launch quickly and tackle the most pressing issues. These mobile ideas will instantly make sense to your clinical directors, CEO, and CFO.
Click here to learn more. 

 

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Source: Salesforce

To understand how Americans today communicate with their healthcare providers, their opinions on telemedicine and wearable devices, and their experiences with post-discharge care, Salesforce conducted its “2016 Connected Patient Report.” The report found that people primarily interact with their physicians through in-person visits, phone calls and emails, but are open to virtual care treatment options enabled through technology. The report also found that following discharge from a hospital or clinic, insured adults with a primary care provider strongly believe improvements can be made to their experiences through better communication with their primary care doctor and throughout their care network.

  1. Learn why 62% of patients think wearable data might save them money.
  2. Discover the number one way care can improve after a hospital stay.
  3. Find out if virtual care options are a flop or the wave of the future.

Click here to download the whitepaper.  

 

intel logo 2Title: Diagnosing Which Devices Provide More for Healthcare

Source: Intel

Although zero clients might seem like a reliable choice in the clinical setting, they do not stand up to rich-client devices for efficiency or flexibility. Ensuring a positive experience for patients, enhanced coordination and efficiency for office staff and expanded ability for collaboration among clinicians is integral to new standards for healthcare delivery today — and only rich-client devices can deliver on all of these needs.

For an in-depth look at how rich-client devices increase efficiency and effectiveness compared to zero clients, click here to download the whitepaper, "Diagnosing Which Devices Provide More for Healthcare."

 

GHX-Blue-Yellow-RGBTitle: Driving Electronic Health Record (EHR) Value with Clean Item Master Data

Source: GHX

As you plan your EHR implementation, consider the critical role item master integrity plays in keeping systems aligned and delivering better patient care. Download this white paper to learn more about master data management strategies that put you on the path to a successful implementation, specifically how to: collaborate, cleanse, enrich, integrate and automate your processes.
Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

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Title: Introducing Salesforce Health Cloud: 3 Core Advantages

Source: Salesforce

The shift to patient-centric relationship management has begun, and Salesforce is leading the way with Health Cloud. This e-book shows you how to tap into the power of the cloud, social, and mobile to make the move to 1-to-1 care. Explore Health Cloud’s three core advantages:

  1. A complete view of patient data for easy access to the right patient information, from current conditions and medications to specialists and appointment history.
  2. Deeper patient engagement, with the ability to prioritize tasks across all a patient’s needs, connect with caregiver networks, and create a customized care plan.
  3. Real-time patient engagement through private Salesforce Communities, allowing caregiver networks and patients to share secure messages anytime, and anywhere.

Click here to download the whitepaper.  

 

mobilesmith logoTitle: Patient-Centered Care, One App at a Time

Source: MobileSmith

To succeed in mobile patient engagement, it’s no longer enough to build one app. Patient journeys include multiple mobile moments – you can capture them by offering targeted branded apps. But how can hospital marketers and IT find the resources to churn out multiple apps quickly? Discover how to build an efficient multi-app strategy for your hospital: 

  • ·What kind of mobile experiences do your patients expect and embrace?
  • ·How can you capture their mobile moments at each turn in their patient journey?
  • ·Four core principles of a responsive, sustainable multi-app strategy.
  • ·How to implement an agile app development process in your organization.

Click here to donwload the whitepaper. 

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Title: The State of the Medical Imaging Market

Source: Dell Services

To improve patient care, hospitals must find a way to easily access medical images regardless of  their source. Download “The State of the Medical Imaging Market” to discover how to achieve this goal with an enterprise-wide, vendor neutral archive that leverages the cloud for quick wins and benefits over time.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: HIMSS Research Report: IT Strategy & Value Based Care

 Source: Vocera 

Global health care advisor HIMSS Analytics surveyed 256 executives from health systems, hospitals and clinics during the 2016 HIMSS conference to better understand how value-based purchasing is influencing hospital information technology decision-making.

Get the full report to learn more why these following findings matter:
• 87 percent regard value-based purchasing as a significant influence on IT strategy
• 82 percent indicated integration across clinical systems can improves workflows
• 61 percent of clinical leaders prioritized communication coordination across care teams inside and outside the hospital

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: 5 Best Practices to Enable Population Health Management

Source: Tableau

If your healthcare organization is looking to integrate population health management into your process, work culture and technology systems, you must start with data.

And though most healthcare providers are swimming in patient information, many struggle to segment their data in a meaningful way to shore up gaps in care and promote clinical collaboration. Fortunately, there are best practices providers can implement to make their organization population health ready.

This whitepaper outlines five best practices to enable population health management, including how to:

  • Use data visualization to improve care coordination.
  • Empower individuals to explore their own data.
  • Leverage certain patient data to understand the risk profile of your population.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Physician Alignment: Stop the Revenue Leakage with the Newest Technology

Source: Doc Halo

As many as 63 percent of physicians are now employed, up from 20 percent just a few years ago. The expected result is increased revenue through in-network alliances and a shared vision for improved patient care.

The challenge? Physician referral habits are proving to be harder to rein in than expected, resulting in a steady leakage of patients out of network that amounts to as much as $40 million in lost revenue per year.

Secure, real-time communication platforms plug the leaks and restore the revenue streams by:

• Unifying and connecting health networks 
• Building in-network relationships
• Aligning physicians and changing referral patterns

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

Warbird logoTitle: Implementing a Successful Telehealth Strategy: What Health-System Leaders Need to Know

Source: Warbird Consulting

Telehealth has become a vital part of healthcare delivery, a cost-effective and patient-centered tool enhancing the overall quality of a health system’s care. But to be effective, a telehealth solution needs to be implemented in the right way.

This white paper gives health-system leaders the information they need for a successful implementation. You will learn:

  • The four types of telehealth services commonly in use today.
  • How telehealth can benefit health systems and improve patient outcomes.
  • Some of the key obstacles a health system may encounter in implementing telehealth.
  • What health-system leaders need to consider when creating a telehealth implementation strategy.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Leveraging Technology to Enhance Patient Care: How Good Samaritan Medical Center Optimized the Rounding Process

Source: Cipherhealth

Rounding on patients during the hospital stay is recognized as an industry-wide best practice for ensuring positive outcomes and patient experiences. With evolving technologies and reimbursement policies, organizations are now in a unique position to reconsider their rounding processes. 

In this whitepaper, leaders at Good Samaritan Medical Center share why they chose to invest in rounding technology, and how this investment has helped enhance workflows, improve quality of care, and increase patient satisfaction. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how rounding technology helps pinpoint opportunities for organizational improvement
  • Understand how a digital rounding solution helps maximize valuable staff time 
  • See how technology can be used to enhance the patient experience 

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: 5 Ways to Improve Care Efficiency with Mobile Devices

Source: Vocera

Hospital IT departments and clinical administrators are charged with getting the value from their clinical technology investments. At the same time, care providers are clamoring for a way to reduce the number of devices they carry such as pagers, smartphones, VOIP phones, and barcode scanners.

Several health system leaders, such as Reading Health System, have identified five ways to leverage communication technology to improve care efficiency and boost the patient experience:

1) Empower collaboration between physicians, nurses, staff and patients with a single communication platform that works in any location

2) Nurses complete their documentation and notes right at the bedside and spend more time with patients

3) Clinical staff access patient data and other information from a single interface that they carry with them throughout the facility

4) Enable care providers to use the right communication device for each situation inside and outside of the hospital

5) Robust patient data security across all devices, users, and locations

Get your complimentary copy of the report “5 Ways to Improve Care Efficiency and Patient Experience with Mobile Devices” to learn how your hospital can leverage mobile devices to improve patient outcomes and clinical efficiency.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 


Workforce & Labor Management

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Title: Learn How Engaged Employees, and Talent Strategies, Drive Success

Source: Select International 

Low employee engagement impacts absenteeism, errors, turnover, productivity, profits, and customer satisfaction. Every leadership team is considering strategies and tactics to face these challenges. Every list of solutions should include one seemingly simple but often over-looked concept - the need for an extremely talented and engaged workforce that is capable of solving today’s challenges, and anticipating tomorrow’s.
In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • why engagement is important
  • a better approach to employee engagement
  • how engagement starts with leadership

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Nurses on Boards: The Time for Change is Now

Source: Capella

In today’s metrics-driven, pay-for-performance environment, the need for accountability and increased customer satisfaction has made it difficult for health care organizations to achieve their missions. However, with the help of trained nurse leaders in their boardrooms, especially those holding advanced degrees such as BSN, health care systems can become much more effective at achieving their goals.

This whitepaper, written by Capella University in collaboration with The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), explores how nurses can lead change at the board level, and what the NOBC is doing to support this effort. With perspectives from respected leaders in the nursing profession, readers will understand the importance of having nurse.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Best Compensation Administration Practices - Reduce Risk for Physician Executive Roles 

Source: Gallagher Integrated                           

As the healthcare industry continues on its path toward change, hospitals and health systems are increasingly turning to physicians to fill part-time executive roles. These clinical leaders are well-regarded strong performers and have the expertise and authority to influence positive change during an otherwise tumultuous period of time. But with new approaches come new administrative challenges. The following whitepaper, written by Gallagher Integrated, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., offers a myriad of best compliance practices that will mitigate the risk inherent in the pay structure for these roles.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

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Title: Recruit, Hire and Retain an Epic-Skilled IT Team

Source: Healthcare IT Leaders 

With Epic Systems at the center of your patient care strategy, you want to hire the best to build and operate your software. But where do you find them, what should pay them, and how can you retain them? Our eBook has the answers with expert advice from hiring managers at Scripps Health, Sutter Health and other leading Epic hospitals. Find tips to:

  • Build a Detailed Epic Hiring Plan
  • Benchmark Epic Compensation
  • Fill Gaps with Skilled Consultants
  • Recruit Tough to Fill Epic Roles
  • Retain Key Personnel

Our guide is ideal for C-Suite, IT and HR executives and anyone with responsibility for recruiting and hiring Epic professionals.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

select international logoTitle: Turnover: The Cost, the Causes and a Sustainable Solution

Source: Select International

Healthcare is a labor intensive industry.  Whether you are looking at front line staff, nursing, physicians, or leadership, there are dollars tied to the inability to retain talented people and, beyond the hard dollars, there is a significant impact on organizational effectiveness.  The causes can be complex and there is no single solution to turnover.  Step one is to really understand unique variables in your organization.  Practical, holistic, strategies and tactics you can employ are discussed in this paper. 

Click here to download this whitepaper.

 

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Title: Aquiring and Retaining the Best ED Docs: Secrets from a Staffing Leader

Source: ECI Healthcare Partners

For a hospital administrator determined to have an outstanding emergency department, a limited supply of EM docs and ever-increasing demand and competition certainly poses a challenge. But there’s good news: Recruiting and retaining enough doctors—and high quality doctors at that—is not only possible but also uniquely within your control.

In this white paper, we’ll show you: 
• Where and how to devote resources to attract outstanding physicians to your hospital. 
• How to keep them as a part of your team for the long haul.
• How to identify where you or your recruiters might be going wrong.
• Tips to make your vetting process more efficient.

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Title: Disrupting Healthcare's Legacy Approach to Staffing

Source: API Healthcare

An innovative staff scheduling methodology is emerging in healthcare, and reinventing how hospitals and health systems leverage their most valuable resource – their employees – to achieve better outcomes including; more satisfied employees, reduced labor costs and, ultimately, improved quality of care and patient satisfaction.

This new approach, called Collaborative Staffing, reimagines traditional staffing practices and offers new solutions to long-standing problems. The Collaborative Staffing model is being leveraged by many leading healthcare organizations to drive down labor costs and optimize staffing processes.

Click here to download this whitepaper to understand the research demonstrating how Collaborative Staffing improves the efficacy, efficiency, and organizational outcomes associated with staff management. The analysis aims to detail the power of this staffing and scheduling paradigm, and exemplify how it benefits financial health, staff, and patients for hospitals using this model.

 

select international logoTitle: Is Leadership in Healthcare Different?

Source: Select International

Healthcare is a unique industry. Are the leadership skills required, different? Analysis shows that there may be slight differences, but more importantly, organizations need to understand their own unique challenges and be more deliberate and effective at selecting and developing leaders to face those challenges. This paper provides insight and practical advice from Donna Katen-Bahensky, who has served in executive roles in several large academic medical centers.

Click here to download the paper. 

 

Trimedx logoTitle: Consolidating Non-Clinical Purchased Services

Source: TriMedx

Hospital and vendor consolidation is bringing greater awareness to the savings opportunities that have been buried in non-clinical purchased services over the yearsOne of the best places to begin uncovering non-clinical purchased services or “the cost of doing business” is the clinical engineering department.

Uncovering buried costs associated with clinical engineering department and consolidating this function can deliver up to 20% cost savings on clinical engineering services.  

A best-in-class clinical engineering department equipped with sophisticated computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality will deliver immediate cost savings and significantly improve patient safety by ensuring regulatory and accreditation compliance.

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healthstream logoTitle: The New Rules of Healthcare Recruiting

Source: HealthStream

Recruiting the right people is critically important to any organization’s future success, and healthcare executives are realizing the need to change their approach. In a recent HealthStream HR Executive Survey, 75% of healthcare organizations say having a talent acquisition strategy is more important than a year ago, and attracting quality candidates is more difficult than ever. Consequently, HR is implementing new strategies aimed at improving the entire recruiting life cycle, and bucking traditional recruiting models to zero in on the best job candidates. What’s more, they’re leveraging technology and analytics to improve and accelerate selection and engage candidates from the very start.

This paper looks at the healthcare trends reshaping the employment landscape and the new rules of healthcare recruiting.

Click here to download the paper.

 

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Title: Lean & Profitable - A Blueprint for Urgent Care Success

Source: ECI Healthcare Partners

The urgent care experts at ECI Healthcare Partners know that to compete in today’s quickly expanding urgent care market, an established urgent care center requires a well-led, highly functional team that’s structured to maximize operational efficiency and minimize costs while delivering outstanding care and a matchless patient experience.

In this white paper we’ll outline the best practices for efficient, economical staffing and leadership strategies that elevate an urgent care practice’s functionality and customer service delivery, drawing on expertise from urgent care expert and ECI Healthcare Partners Regional Director Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP. This white paper is designed to help you:

•Evaluate your current staffing model
•Identify opportunities for efficiency
•Improve flow through cross-utilization
•Increase volume capacity
•Access your urgent care leadership
•Empower your team
•Impart leadership techniques

Click here to download the paper.

 

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Title: Employed Physicians - New Expectations and a Recipe for Success

Source: Select International

Perhaps no area has been so ignored in the push for healthcare reform, as the need to prepare physicians, particularly employed physicians, to succeed – to succeed in their careers in the face of great changes – and to succeed as partners in changing the way care is delivered.  We can take our cue from other industries, using more deliberate strategies to select and develop physicians.  Rather than de-valuing physicians, this new approach should acknowledge that physicians aren’t merely clinical commodities, but the driving force behind success.  

Click here to download the paper.


Quality and Infection Control

 

XENEX

Title: Winning the Infection Prevention Battle: Strategies for Choosing the Right Partner in UV Disinfection

Source: Xenex

Choosing a UV disinfection tool can be overwhelming. In the wealth of options, identifying the best UV partner for your facility involves reviewing several key pieces of evidence. Read the latest white paper on this topic to learn the four Es of choosing a UV disinfection equipment:

  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Elements
  • Excellence in Customer Service

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

NAPALogoNEWTAG 432x161Title: Remote Video Auditing Technology Helps Hospitals Create a Measurable Patient Safety Culture and Boost the Bottom Line

Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia

Is it possible to instill a patient safety culture with measurable results, add volume and increase surgeon and patient satisfaction? At a Long Island, NY health care system, the technology is yielding promising results: data from more than 10,000 cases shows that environments for patients are safer, surgeons are happier and OR efficiency has markedly increased. 

Developed to improve patient safety protocols, NAPA Peak Performance2 was developed by North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) using remote video auditing (RVA) technology. It has sparked a 60% reduction in first case start time delays and a 15% improvement in OR turnover. The Joint Commission Resources Quality & Safety Network (JCRQSN) has highlighted the system, which hospital administrators say creates a culture of safety and trust.

This paper provides an overview of the challenges inherent in creating a culture of patient safety, and describes how non-punitive, real-time feedback is boosting hospital safety and efficiency metrics, as well as the bottom line. Learn why NAPA CEO John Di Capua, MD, believes RVA with feedback can help health care systems meet the challenges of “improving quality with less.”

Click here to download the paper.

 

Surgical Directions Logo (1)Title: Three Keys to Optimizing Efficiency and Productivity in the Operating Room

Source: Surgical Directions

A collaborative, efficient and productive culture is essential within hospital OR’s. However, different motivations and misaligned incentives across the board often threaten that culture, as well as the profit margin. Fortunately, there are key changes that can be implemented to alleviate these issues and improve overall performance.

This white paper gets to the heart of these issues and illustrates three fundamental changes that will eliminate the existing inefficiencies and improve productivity while maintaining or increasing clinical quality.

Learn how addressing issues within governance, data, best practices and reporting can enhance the OR’s ability to maximize their potential for excellence.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

Aidin Logo high qual JPEGTitle: The Biggest Barrier to Patient Choice...Is You

Source: Aidin

Harness the power of patient choice to improve outcomes, patient satisfaction and maximize risk based reimbursement.

The need to place your patients with the right post acute care provider is greater than ever. Your health system’s outcomes, perception in the market and bottom line are tied to the performance of the post acute providers who care for your patients.

Unfortunately most hospitals and health systems use antiquated processes and referral systems that encourage patients to choose post acute providers who are more convenient rather than those who provide the highest quality care.

You have the power to ensure patients choose based on quality first and convenience second.

Learn how innovative health systems are creating a marketplace for post acute providers to compete for their patients’ choice based on quality and satisfaction. These innovators are reducing length of stay, increasing staff productivity and improving patient outcomes.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

Surgical Directions Logo (1)Title: Improving and Transforming the OR for Value and Quality

Source: Surgical Directions

The key to improving and transforming the OR is cultural change. Finding the balance between the needs of the surgeon and the needs of the hospital will allow for the leadership and productivity required in a successful operating room.

This white paper will outline two key strategies that are crucial to culture change. These strategies have proven effective in not only improving operating room culture, but also in improving operational and financial performance.

Learn how implementing a daily huddle and developing a data sharing protocol can help drive the change you wish to see in your hospital.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

better cipherlogoTitle: 8 Steps to Evaluate a Digital Rounding Solution

Source: CipherHealth

In a recent survey, less than 50% of nurse executives indicated they were satisfied with rounding processes at their organizations. This lack of satisfaction has led many to seek out technologies to streamline and improve rounding processes and enhance the patient experience. Because digital rounding is a relatively new practice for many organizations, it is crucial for leaders to understand how to evaluate different solutions.  

Asking the right questions and understanding available features is a key step in evaluating any technology tool. In this eBook, you will uncover the steps to take in choosing the right digital rounding solution for your organization. 

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 


Patient Safety and Experience

 

NAPALogoNEWTAG 432x161Title: Remote Video Auditing Technology Helps Hospitals Create a Measurable Patient Safety Culture and Boost the Bottom Line

Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia

Is it possible to instill a patient safety culture with measurable results, add volume and increase surgeon and patient satisfaction? At a Long Island, NY health care system, the technology is yielding promising results: data from more than 10,000 cases shows that environments for patients are safer, surgeons are happier and OR efficiency has markedly increased. 

Developed to improve patient safety protocols, NAPA Peak Performance2 was developed by North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) using remote video auditing (RVA) technology. It has sparked a 60% reduction in first case start time delays and a 15% improvement in OR turnover. The Joint Commission Resources Quality & Safety Network (JCRQSN) has highlighted the system, which hospital administrators say creates a culture of safety and trust.

This paper provides an overview of the challenges inherent in creating a culture of patient safety, and describes how non-punitive, real-time feedback is boosting hospital safety and efficiency metrics, as well as the bottom line. Learn why NAPA CEO John Di Capua, MD, believes RVA with feedback can help health care systems meet the challenges of “improving quality with less.”

Click here to download the paper.

 

Somnia

Title: Anesthesia Patient Satisfaction: Part 1

Source: Somnia Anesthesia

Patient satisfaction is found at the intersection of patient expectation and provider accomplishment. With so much in our current work environment depending on patient satisfaction, it is crucial that providers gather patient feedback. But that feedback is useless unless it drives continuous improvement.

Somnia can help you develop the tools you need to truly understand your patient’s anesthesia experience. After reading this report, you will:

• Understand the important difference between necessary experience and real patient satisfaction
• Realize the fundamental challenges in providing a truly positive anesthesia experience for your patient’s
• Know how to gather relevant, meaningful anesthesia-specific feedback
• Use that feedback to implement continual improvement in patient care

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

Title: Healthcare is suffering from a patient identity crisis. Here’s how we can cure it.

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Source: Imprivata

Every hospital wants to improve the health of their patients and the health of their business. By improving your patient identification process, you can significantly improve patient safety, revive your revenue cycle efficiency, and increase your market share. Read this whitepaper to learn how you can identify, treat, and cure your patient identification crisis to improve the health of your hospital and increase the quality of care you provide. Read this whitepaper to find a cure for the patient identification problems in your organization.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

vocera-logo-1in-300dpiTitle: What Does it Take to Humanize Healthcare? 

Source: Vocera

Healthcare leaders across the U.S. and Canada agree: Change has become the one constant on which healthcare organizations can depend.

Based on a combination of mission and market necessity, healthcare leaders are seeking to improve the quality and safety of the care they deliver while also making processes more efficient and cost-effective. And increasingly, organizations strive to achieve these goals while also making care more humanized for both patients and families and the physicians, nurses, and other care professionals who serve them.

This study examines three key ideas:
• How to create sustainable approaches to drive high quality, efficient, humanized healthcare experiences.
• How effectively organizations are partnering with patients and families in improvement.
• How fully organizations are assessing and measuring the impact of improvement work.

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 


 Readmissions and Care Coordination

 

intel logo 2Title: How predicting patient length of stay enable hospitals to save millions

Source: Intel

Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified platform for big data, an enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop. The Cloudera enterprise offers one place to store, access, process, secure and analyze all data that could be used to inform LOS predictions. Together, partners Intel and Cloudera take the guesswork out of Hadoop. Using a unique collaborative approach, the two deliver excellent performance, security and quality distribution, built on open standards.

Read more on Intel and Cloudera's solution for predicting LOS, including a case study involving a large hospital group, by downloading the whitepaper "Intel and Cloudera Help a Large Hospital Group Allocate Resources by Predicting Patient Length-of-Stay."

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

regentTitle: Outpatient Joint Replacement in Hospital/Surgeon ASC Joint Ventures & Two Additional Developments Transforming Surgery Center Strategies

Source: Regent Surgical Health

Leveraging extensive knowledge of the ASC mark etplace, a new white paper delves into three of the top developments currently transforming the ASC industry and hospital outpatient strategies.   The paper examines reasons hospitals should embrace the move of total joint replacement to an outpatient environment, the ASC’s role in a value-based care transition, and a new way to recruit and retain employed physicians; offering them ownership in an ASC.

Click here to download this whitepaper.

 

napa logoTitle: Rethinking the Value of Pain Management for the Value-based Era: New Solutions to Reduce Readmissions and Drive Revenue

Source: NAPA

An evidence-based, sophisticated approach to pain management has been shown to improve the patient experience and drive multiple revenue streams for healthcare providers. This white paper explores how closing the gap between acute, sub-acute and chronic pain is consistent with current trends in customer service and yields rewards for patients, providers and payers alike.

Click here to download this whitepaper.

 

xG logo

Title: Essential Elements of Care Redesign and Care Management

Source: xG Health

An effective care management program requires subject matter expertise, real-world experience, strong leadership and broad buy-in. This editorial features how xG Health’s products and solutions, including xGCarexGLearn and ProvenCare help healthcare organizations succeed in their transition to value-based care. 

Click here to download this whitepaper. 

 

better cipherlogoTitle: Improve Care Delivery with Recorded Discharge Instructions

Source: CipherHealth

The discharge process can be a chaotic and stressful time for patients. It's no surprise that over 50% of patients forget or misinterpret discharge instructions, often leading to poor outcomes. To improve patient compliance and adherence, care providers must leverage new methods for disseminating key pieces of information. 

Take a look at how one health system utilized recorded discharge instructions to improve patient understanding of medication information by 60% and discharge instructions by 37%.  Download the whitepaper to see how recorded discharge instructions can improve patient outcomes and experiences. 

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 

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Title: Physician Advisors Utilize Risk Prediction and Stratification Models to Improve Compliance and Secure Appropriate Reimbursement

Source: Adreima

Physician advisory teams play an important role in helping hospitals improve compliance and secure appropriate reimbursement. Utilizing risk stratification tools, physician advisors appropriately identify instances when a patient’s clinical presentation, comorbidities, and/or risk of complications may dictate and support an inpatient admission.

Hospitals have to decide how to appropriately classify patients in compliance with rules and regulations to secure proper reimbursement. They face challenges with the constantly changing regulatory environment. Also, if they misclassify a patient’s level of care status, they may miss significant compliant revenue or may be at risk for subsequent denials.

Click here to download the whitepaper.

 


Supply Chain

 

cardinal logo-1Title: Helping clinicians get out of the supply room and back to their patients

Source: Cardinal Health

Less than two years ago, UAB Medical West was struggling with how to manage its medical and surgical supplies. UAB has since improved product visibility, streamlined workflows and reduced its supply spending by 10 percent based on a per-patient, per-day scale. In reading this whitepaper, you will uncover how the 310-bed acute care hospital transformed their supply chain to allow clinical staff to spend more time with patients instead of managing inventory in supply rooms and manually entering data.

Learn how UAB now uses data and analytics to inform its supply decisions to help increase the bottom line. Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

 

Health360-LogoTMTitle: Embracing Population Health Management: How Six Innovators Are Pioneering Value-Based Care

Source: Tribridge

As we move along the continuum from volume- to value based care, not all providers face the same challenges, although there are critical areas of overlap. In this eBook we will look more closely at acute care, post-acute care/rehabilitation management and chronic disease management providers, and spotlight areas of innovation, in particular with Tribridge Health360, a CRM-powered, cloud-based Population Health Management (PHM) solution.

Learn how today’s healthcare organizations are leading the industry’s transformation to value-based care and are achieving:

  • Improved performance, outcomes and patient well-being
  • Greater care team efficiency and improved consumer loyalty
  • Higher quality care at lower costs

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

 

surgical-directions-logo-finalTitle: How Out-of-OR Areas Can Impact Performance

Source: Surgical Directions

Running an efficient operating room is like keeping a number of spinning plates going at the same time. When one falls and breaks, the others are vulnerable to the same outcomes. This whitepaper will explain the many roles of the anesthesiologist both in and out of the operating room and outlines how adequate staffing in the anesthesiology department and oversight of scheduling by the SSEC will aide in ensuring overall efficiency and quality.

Click here to download the whitepaper. 

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