Archived Whitepapers

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


Archived Whitepapers
Source: McKesson 
For an orthopedic practice, a single surgical procedure requires more than four hours of administrative tasks and 11 staff hours — time that could be spent on more valuable things.

Reducing these administrative burdens to improve surgical care efficiency is a key opportunity for independent operators to stay competitive in their markets.

This white paper outlines five tips to decrease administrative burden and maximize surgical efficiency in orthopedic practices based on expert insights from a panel at the Becker’s Annual Spine & Ortho Conference.

ASC/Spine
Source: Waystar
Nearly every healthcare organization is experiencing some kind of staffing challenge.

It's time to work smarter, not harder. That means revenue cycle leaders need to find new ways to do more with less. 

This white paper explores how to streamline processes with intelligent automation, simplify cross-training and onboarding, and cut down on outdated manual processes.

Learnings include: 

  • Specific benefits of automation in rev cycle
  • How to create an intelligent automation strategy
  • How to decide which tasks to automate first

Source: NextGen
Physicians face a mounting documentation burden, fueling burnout and diverting their attention from direct patient care.

By streamlining documentation processes and adopting tailored solutions, ASCs can give physicians more time back in their day, fostering a more sustainable and fulfilling work environment. This white paper shares how ASC leaders can use AI-powered mobile solutions to capture patient-provider conversations for easier and faster documentation.

Key benefits include:

  • Up to two hours saved on documentation daily
  • 90% accurate notes generated seconds after a patient visit
  • Increased access to patient records

Source: Premia  
The TOPS System was first implanted in 2005 and the current version has been in clinical use for a dozen years. As of today, thousands of patients have benefited from this innovative system.

This white paper examines how the TOPS System provides an entirely new modality to treat patients with spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. TOPS is the first and only FDA-approved facet replacement device with a superiority-to-fusion claim.

A disruptive breakthrough in spinal care, TOPS uniquely addresses the needs of patients, surgeons, facilities and payers to create a broad win for all stakeholders.

Key takeaways about TOPS:

 
  • Motion alternative to lumbar spinal fusion
  • FDA labeled as superior to spinal fusion
  • New Technology Add-on Payment of up to $11,375 for Medicare eligible procedures

 

Source: Waystar
Inflation and high deductibles mean patients are getting bigger bills, which causes both surprise and confusion. Often, patients don't understand why they owe so much, or they aren't able to meet their financial responsibility even if they do.

Obviously, this is difficult for patients — but it's also debilitating for healthcare organizations.
When patient collections are down, providers face bad debt, poor patient retention, and decreased satisfaction for patients and staff.

It's time to create a better patient collections experience. Providers who take action now can change a potentially bleak future simply by rethinking patient collections. Download the whitepaper to learn how to leverage data to create consumer-friendly experiences, improving both patient engagement and profit margin.

Key points include:

  • The current state of patient collections, from deductibles to denials
  • Why transparency is key to patient satisfaction + compliance
  • Using automation + data to improve patient collections
  • How to empower patients to pay with the 3 Cs

Source: Merritt Healthcare Advisors
The healthcare industry is seeing a wave of mergers, acquisitions and consolidations among specialty care practices as the need for size and scale leads practitioners to seek the capital and resources necessary for growth.

These growth opportunities present risks for physicians who fiercely value and guard their independence and control over their practices. For investors and advisers, recognizing and addressing these concerns when discussing possible deals is critical to successful transactions.

This white paper outlines current specialty consolidation trends and the top challenges of balancing needed growth with desired autonomy.

Key learnings:

  • Macro trends in specialty consolidation
  • Types of consolidation business models
  • Pros and cons of consolidation

Source: Carlsmed

At least 1.6 million U.S. adults seek treatment for spinal deformities every year.

The Rationale for Personalized Interbody Devices is a literature review of published research about the potential benefits of patient specific interbody devices. Over 30 studies describe the benefits related to personalized geometry and endplate fit, which may help surgeons achieve sagittal and coronal alignment goals more reliably.

1. Personalized geometry and fit may help surgeons more reliably achieve optimal alignment, which is the most significant predictor of improved clinical outcomes in surgery to correct spinal malalignment.
2. Compared to non-personalized cage designs, personalized interbody cages reduced endplate stress, increased contact area for bone graft loading, lowered stress on posterior rods and caused a lower stress increase on adjacent levels.
3. Endplate conforming cages provided comparable clinical results and fusion rates in comparison to the traditional cage but with decreased postoperative subsidence and a lower severity of subsidence-related neck pain in follow-up.


Source: Cardinal
McLaren Health Care standardized their non-acute supply chain with Cardinal Health’s support. This case study shows how a whole system approach to supply chain, paired with the right leadership, communication and distribution partner, leads to an efficient protocol with continuous improvement.

Discover how you can transform your own supply chain strategy with these non-acute best practices and key learnings, including the use of data and increased visibility. Read this case study to learn more.


Source: Intuitive
ASCs need to keep up with the latest technological developments in order to drive revenue and attract patients. With the global robotic surgery market on the rise, many ASCs are looking to robots to thrive.

The opportunity for greater surgical volumes is ripe for minimally invasive procedures performed in ASCs.

Although robotic surgeries are a costly investment, the migration of procedures to the outpatient setting can ensure a return on investment.

This white paper from Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgery platform, will offer best practices in adding a robotic surgery line to your ASC.

Source: Surgical Directions
COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated that hospitals rely on surgical services to drive financial results. Even as the pandemic subsides, ongoing case surges are leading todips in OR volume that reduce hospital revenue and erase profitability.

While the OR is “ground zero” for recent financial problems, it also represents the best opportunity to rebuild hospital margins. In fact, better-performing hospitals are now leveraging surgical services to launch a sustainable financial recovery.

Disruptions in the OR workforce, changes in the surgery market and other factors have complicated the path to recovery. To rebuild surgical services revenue, hospital executives need to plan and execute a complete OR reset.

This report details for hospital executives how to lead a post-pandemic financial recovery by reinvigorating OR performance and reworking OR strategy.

Source: Cardinal Health
With more procedures now performed in the outpatient space than ever, it is critical for facilities to operate at an optimal level. With the right tools and expertise, simple changes to pack programs can boost cost effectiveness and eliminate waste.

This whitepaper offers quick insights into how one surgery center with 12,000 cases annually achieved $100,000 in savings through simple changes to their pack program.

Download to learn more.

Source: Waystar
When a provider manually runs a claim status check, it takes, on average, 19 minutes and costs providers $9.37.

In 2020, providers made 238 million claim status inquiries by phone, fax or email. Most payers still limit the number of inquiries allowed per call, which means more calls, more work for staff and more time wasted. And that’s before adding in the time it takes to update claim statuses in practice management or hospital information systems.

New financial performance demands are forcing revenue cycle, financial services and billing professionals to reevaluate their approach to claim monitoring. To unlock the cost savings and smarter workflows they need, it’s critical to deploy tech and tools that can easily automates the process. And not just any tech—you’ll need solutions efficient and flexible enough to meet the unique needs of your organization.

This whitepaper breaks down the most effective strategy for achieving smarter claim monitoring and shows you how to navigate the challenges you’ll face along the way.

Download this guide to learn:

  • How providers handle claim status inquiries today
  • Why current processes are inefficient
  • How to solve claims status challenges

Source: Regent Surgical Health
ASCs are revolutionizing the total joint replacement market. Current projections are that by 2026, as much as 51 percent of primary hip and knee joint replacement surgeries will be performed at ASCs.

The leadership team at the Beaverton-based Oregon Surgical Institute and their JV partner, Regent Surgical Health, anticipated the future back in 2016 and embraced what at the time might have been considered a risky and uncertain strategy. Ever since, OSI has been making good on its bet.

This whitepaper provides a look into OSI's total joint journey. Learnings include:

  • Best practices for practice design
  • Insights on building clinical teams
  • How to make continuous improvements to TJR programs

Source: Medtronic
Orthopedic spine interventions are associated with a higher risk of opioid dependence and overdose. It is pertinent that surgeons stay vigilant in opioid stewardship, explore ways to improve the patient's postoperative experience and lessen the use of opioids.

This study reveals how advancements in nano-surface technology on spinal interbody devices influenced a reduction in the postoperative opioid usage when comparing the same implant design with and without Nanotechnology.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • Which factors were predictive of opioid use after surgery
  • How interbody surface type was associated with postoperative opioid use

Source: Medtronic
The UNiD™ Adaptive Spine Intelligence Clinical Brief is a summary of evidence around the benefits of UNiD™ Adaptive Spine Intelligence technology and sagittal alignment in general. The evidence summarized within covers adult deformity, degenerative and pediatric deformity patients, with an emphasis on rates of rod fracture and flattening, as well as the ability to predict and achieve sagittal alignment goals with UNiD™ Adaptive Spine Intelligence technology.

Key Points:

  • Sagittal alignment is the most dominant radiographic predictor of outcomes in deformity patients
  • UNiD™ Adaptive Spine Intelligence predictive models can successfully predict postoperative spinopelvic parameters in the instrumented and uninstrumented spine
  • Degenerative patients have been found to be at 10 times greater risk for adjacent segment disease if their PI-LL mismatch is greater than 10 degrees

Clinical Excellence
Source: Cardinal Health
In the face of sustained financial pressures on healthcare organizations, leaders should consider innovative approaches to cost savings. One surprising area that can yield positive results? Your outpatient pharmacy strategy.
 
Specialty drugs account for more than half of drug spending. As employee benefit costs continue to cut into hospital margins, transitioning your outpatient pharmacy strategy to filling employees' specialty prescriptions in-house can generate significant savings — with the added benefit of improving patient satisfaction and care quality through expanded resources.
 
This whitepaper examines how a critical access hospital drove $300,000 in additional value from its employee benefit plan in one year and extended community care.
 

You'll learn:

  • How to drive additional value in employee benefit plans
  • New ways to capture specialty prescription volume in your outpatient pharmacy
  • Real-world examples of challenges and successes

Source: Health Recovery Solutions
Hospital-at-home care programs have grown exponentially in recent years, enabled by technological advances and regulatory changes. While widespread evidence points to their success in alleviating capacity issues, lowering costs and improving the patient experience, not every system has been able to realize these benefits.

This white paper shares five key lessons from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and Allina Health in Minneapolis, two systems that have built thriving hospital-at-home programs.

Key learning points:

  • Important actions health systems have taken to plan for and stand up a hospital at home program
  • Identify and overcome barriers related to launching a program
  • Best practices and to grow and maintain a strong program

Source: Insightec
Innovation is essential to more effectively treat medical conditions, meet patient demand and ensure success for hospitals. However, getting buy-in for new treatments from physicians and raising awareness in the community can be a challenge.

The Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center became the first hospital in New Jersey to offer focused ultrasound treatment for tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease and essential tremor in June 2021. The team knew that to build a successful program, they would need to develop a marketing campaign that targeted patients as well as physicians.

Download the white paper to learn how they built brand awareness, surpassed their goal for cases in the first year and maximized the campaign's reach to potential patients.

Source: Relatient
Medical technology has advanced exponentially in recent decades, dramatically improving healthcare delivery and outcomes. But patient access is equally important and vital to healthcare organizations’ operational performance and the patient experience.

However, organizations commonly struggle to find the right balance in these two areas. Organizations must maintain high operational maturity and a strong patient experience to strengthen patient loyalty and improve efficiency, build a positive reputation, and gain an edge over their competitors.

Download this e-book and see where your organization falls on the patient access maturity matrix.

Learning points:

  • Common barriers to patient access and top areas of focus
  • Ways for organizations to balance the patient experience and operations
  • Steps to develop and execute a plan to improve patient access

Source: NICE  
Patients are consumers, too. Are you providing the experiences they demand?


Only 4% of U.S. residents feel consumer experiences have improved over the past year, according to a study by Customer Contact Week Digital. A staggering 57% feel they've gotten worse. 

As competition in healthcare intensifies, hospitals and health systems can gain a competitive advantage by crafting an exceptional consumer experience. The trends detailed in this e-book reveal what consumers crave from digital experiences. 

Learnings include:  
  • How to align the digital experience strategy with consumer needs. 
  • How to harness cutting-edge tools and other advanced consumer experience solutions.
  • A breakdown of how AI is revolutionizing the consumer experience across industries.

 

Source: MDVIP
The patient experience revolution is here. Across industry surveys, rankings and ratings, the message is loud and clear: Too many patients feel their healthcare needs aren't being met, and providers are lagging in offering streamlined and personalized experiences.

Patients are frustrated by poor communication, hard-to-solve billing disputes and — when they are able to get an appointment — feeling rushed. As a result, more providers are innovating and exploring possibilities in elevated care models, including personalized primary care via concierge medicine or membership-based healthcare.

In these five must-reads, you'll learn about:

  • New wellness models being embraced by health systems
  • Innovation in primary care
  • Why patient experience scores are on the decline

Source: Zoom
Patients' heightened expectations for convenience and fast responses have spurred healthcare organizations to level up their contact centers, and move away from antiquated "call centers" that have historically led to rerouted calls, inefficiencies and frustration. 

This interview with Ron Strachan, Healthcare CIO Advisor at Zoom shares what healthcare organizations — whether a provider, payer or life science company — need to build a modern, robust contact center. 

Learning points:  

  • Why contact centers have gained renewed attention as a top priority
  • How a cloud based, video enabled, contact center solution can expand patient engagement and satisfaction
  • Ways the modern contact center can increase flexibility for physicians and potentially reduce burnout

Source: Zoom
As health-at-home programs and outpatient procedures gain momentum, the need for effective communication with patients across diverse care settings becomes more crucial. Concurrently, the rising acuity of patients and the anticipated increase in inpatient volumes over the next decade pose new challenges.

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly embracing communication technology to enhance the patient experience, address labor shortages and foster better collaboration among clinicians. However, the implementation of such technology requires careful consideration to avoid compromising patient experience.

This white paper outlines strategic approaches for healthcare organizations to thoughtfully implement communication technology to help — not hurt — the patient experience.

Key learnings:

  • The rise of hospital 'smart' rooms
  • Virtual communication 'don'ts' that can hinder patient experience
  • The benefits of an integrated virtual communication technology strategy

Source: Brightside Health
Over the last decade, health systems have faced new and expanded challenges that undermine their ability to deliver cost-effective care. From rising demand to staffing crises and evolving economics, the current market environment has strained resources across the board. This strain is especially evident in mental health care, which is increasingly delivered in the emergency department, despite 62% of EDs lacking the services to effectively manage patients in crisis. At Brightside, we believe there is a better way to meet both the clinical and financial needs of acute mental health treatment by leveraging telepsychiatry solutions for post-discharge care.

Learn more in our latest whitepaper where we will:

Review the ongoing challenges health systems face providing mental health care in the ED today.
Examine why post-discharge care is so vital for higher severity patients and how technology-enabled telehealth solutions can help ease the burden.
Explore how health systems can partner with technology-enabled telepsychiatry solutions to improve access, outcomes, and ED throughput
Discuss the latest clinical outcomes from Brightside Health’s technology-enabled telehealth solution.

Source: Smith+Nephew
After more than 18-million hours on more than 150,000 hospitalized patients, independent analyses show the LEAF Patient Monitoring System helps prevent painful and life-threatening pressure injuries. In fact, several institutions reported reductions of up to 85% in sacrococcygeal hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs).

This whitepaper details how LEAF reminders sent wirelessly from the wearable sensor to a display at the nurses’ station, have been shown to exceed turn protocols from the national average of 48% to a turn adherence rate of 98%. If each HAPI represents an average financial burden of $21,767, reducing the incidence of avoidable cases could save the average hospital hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars each year.

Source: Swisslog
Hospital pharmacy budgets have faced major challenges in recent years. While the procurement process is crucial for managing costs, too often, it's disjointed — resulting in supply delays and funds lost in inefficiencies and overpayments. Proactive systems like Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health are addressing the issue with added operational support.

In this paper, you'll access insights from a discussion with pharmacy leadership at IU Health and learn how they implemented a centralized service center (CSC) to improve hospital operations, clinical workflows, and patient and employee satisfaction.

You'll learn:

  • How CSCs help with medication management and non-pharmacy supply chains
  • IU Health's advice + best practices for other organizations planning to stand up a CSC
  • Strategies for meeting established milestones and measuring success

Source: R-Zero
Enhanced disinfection methods, such as UV-C and sensors, have gained significant popularity in the past few decades as an important component of disinfection protocols in hospitals, particularly in high-risk areas like operating rooms. Nevertheless, hospitals encompass a much larger space, and the requirement to minimize microbial contamination on surfaces and in the air extends far beyond the confines of the operating theater.

In this whitepaper, Look Beyond the Operating Room, you’ll learn: 

  • How you can implement sustainable technology in your hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Cost-effective options for cleaning methods
  • Ways to continuously clean surfaces and air in different rooms within healthcare settings

Source: Tecsys
Hospital pharmacy work has grown increasingly challenging over the decades. This has led to a new era of pharmacy supply chain management – the rise of the consolidated pharmacy service center (CPSC), where operational, clinical and regulatory processes are centralized in one place using a robust supply chain or warehouse management solution.

In this insightful guide, Valerie Bandy, PharmD, MBA, BS, RPh, discusses CPSCs and dispels common misconceptions. Dr. Bandy highlights the broader benefits beyond cost reduction, including inventory optimization, staff redeployment and enhanced patient care.

Key takeaways:

  • Identify the five CPSC myths that are top of mind for pharmacy supply chain leaders today.
  • Recognize the importance of integrated pharmacy supply chain and warehouse management systems within CPSCs.
  • Understand the strategic role of CPSCs in efficiently managing a wide range of services.
  • Learn how CPSCs enable a sharper focus on critical operational and patient care requirements.

Source: ServiceNow
Efficiency is the name of the game for hospitals and health systems right now, especially when it comes to staffing. Yet, most hospitals' onboarding process takes months, is disjointed and costly — not to mention frustrates new employees.

To better support staff and reduce unnecessary spending, healthcare organizations must streamline clinicians' onboarding process, which sets the stage for retention and frees up time to focus on what really matters: patient care.

This white paper details how a streamlined, automated onboarding process can be a strategic differentiator. Download to learn more about:

  • Current hurdles and inefficiencies in most onboarding processes
  • The role of technology in simplified clinician onboarding
  • How better onboarding supports regulatory, licensing and compliance needs

Source: Hil-rom 
Nurses are leaving the workforce in droves with 800,000 expected to leave their roles in the next few years. This exodus is driven by retirement as well as key issues including high stress, COVID-19-related burnout, dwindling support staff and safety concerns.

If hospitals and health systems want to retain and attract nurses, they must reduce caregiver burden, enhance safety protocols, improve nurse well-being and remain patient-focused.

In this white paper, three nursing experts discuss the role new technology can play in addressing nursing-related challenges.

The experts include: 

  • Annette Brown, BSN, RN, chief nursing informatics officer, Eisenhower Health (Rancho Mirage, Calif.)
  • Marianne Hatfield, RN, DNP, chief nursing officer, Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (Marietta, Ga.)
  • Michael Williams, MD, chief medical information officer, UVA Health (Charlottesville, Va.)
  Key takeaways: 
  • Why documentation is a significant burden for healthcare staff — especially nurses
  • The importance of grounding efforts to unburden nurses in workplace safety
  • How new technologies are driving safer, more connected care and reducing caregiver burden

Source: Freshpaint
Healthcare marketers must constantly work to balance patient privacy concerns with the need to engage with patients on digital platforms. Updated guidance from the HHS on web tracking technology and HIPAA have complicated this balancing act, making it difficult for healthcare teams to supply important data to their most critical marketing tools in a HIPAA compliant way.

In this guide for healthcare marketers, readers will learn how to bridge the gap between patient privacy and digital marketing quickly and cost-effectively.

Key learnings include:

  • How to navigate HHS guidance around tracking tools and technologies
  • How to make your most important analytics and marketing tools HIPAA compliant
  • How to do digital advertising without sharing protected health information

Source: Neuroflow
Healthcare leaders don't have to feel helpless when it comes to addressing the rising rate of suicide in the U.S. With the right insights, organizations can quickly identify rising risk and intervene in the moments that matter.

This latest whitepaper from NeuroFlow explores how organizations can take a data-driven approach to suicide prevention and population risk management. It covers how real-time data provides greater visibility into previously overlooked populations, and how these insights arm care teams with the tools and confidence they need to prevent crises.

This white paper will answer key questions such as:

  • What is the cost of suicide on the healthcare industry and society?
  • What is the liability of suicide prevention programs?
  • What are innovators doing to identify at-risk individuals at scale?

Source: Elsevier
Precision oncology has made huge strides in recent years. Thanks to advancements in technology, bioinformatics and computer modeling, many providers are now able to incorporate precision oncology into their day-to-day practice, ensuring patients receive precise diagnoses and are then connected to the right treatment or clinical trial. 

But roadblocks remain. Health equity is a major concern, both because limited data could exacerbate health disparities and because many patients cannot afford care. Additionally, a large pool of patients is needed to ensure comprehensive data, and some payers still need to be convinced of precision oncology's value. 

During a Becker's advisory call, leaders from hospitals and health systems across the country discussed these challenges and how the field will continue to evolve, offering insights on how organizations of any size can find success utilizing precision oncology for treatment. 

Download the white paper to learn: 

  • The biggest roadblocks to precision oncology today + strategies to overcome them
  • How leaders are addressing health equity, reimbursement + more
  • How to prepare for the future of precision oncology

Source: Elsevier
Healthcare leaders are optimistic that generative artificial intelligence will benefit operations, staff and patients, but many are proceeding with caution in leveraging this budding technology.

In this article, you'll find a recap of an exclusive discussion with health system clinical and technology leaders, who candidly share their stance on generative AI, how they're currently using it and what's "keeping them up at night."

Download to learn more about: 

  • Where health systems currently stand in generative AI adoption
  • Key patient considerations (age, data ownership, etc.)
  • How leaders are navigating challenges and concerns in accuracy, safety and unintended consequences

Source: Illumina
As precision medicine and genomic testing become increasingly accessible, more health systems are building robust programs to scale innovative, high-quality and personalized care. But with these exciting possibilities come myriad implementation challenges — from organizational alignment and data capabilities to simply knowing where to start. 

In this white paper, you'll learn how health system leaders are building their precision medicine programs, fueled by genomics, and tips for navigating common challenges along the way. 

Download to find more on: 

  • Approaches to strategic partnerships
  • Data and tech capabilities that drive successful programs
  • The need for aligning incentives/payment models
  • How to ensure equitable access in precision medicine

 

Source: Cepheid
Achieving the Quadruple Aim — improving population health, cost of care, patient experience and provider satisfaction — requires innovation. While there isn't a silver bullet, many health systems are prioritizing tools and interventions that hit all four buckets at once. One such tool is point-of-care molecular diagnostic testing.

In this white paper, you'll learn how a decentralized PCR testing infrastructure supports all aspects of the Quadruple Aim, and how health systems are using technology to scale quick, accurate and accessible tests for better outcomes.

Download to learn more about:

  • Benefits of decentralized testing, including reduced length of stay and readmissions
  • How decentralized PCR testing data supports disease tracking + antibiotic stewardship
  • How standardized molecular diagnostics helps health systems achieve the Quadruple Aim

Source: AMN Healthcare  
With unrelenting staffing constraints, healthcare leaders are laser focused on the entering workforce. Effectively supporting workforce strategies requires a deep understanding of new practitioners’ preferences and desires.

In this report, you’ll have access to survey findings and perspectives of 13,000 medical residents in their final year of training. The report sheds light on the level of demand for graduating medical residents, as well as their practice preferences and plans. As a thought leadership resource, this analysis also is intended to help healthcare organizations recruit medical residents and assess the priorities of newly trained physicians entering the field.

Download for more insights on:

 
  • The relative importance of various job features as residents evaluate practice opportunities
  • The population size of communities where residents would most like to practice
  • The types of practice settings residents prefer

 

Source: Flatiron
The combination of rapidly evolving cancer treatment guidelines and constant FDA approvals and label expansions for new cancer treatments makes it difficult for cancer centers to keep up with the latest best practices for cancer care. With more treatment options comes more complex decision-making, leading to decision fatigue for clinicians who are trying to keep the most current information top of mind when choosing treatment plans for patients. On top of this, the increase in therapeutic options puts new demands on administrators responsible for achieving financial and operational goals.

  With customizable clinical decision support, cancer centers can: 
  • Equip clinicians with evidence-based medicine, clinical research, and site-specific preferences at the point of care
  • Streamline clinical and pharmacy workflows with clinical decision support embedded directly into the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Standardize the delivery of high quality care across cancer center sites and patient populations
  • Drive financial success by capturing and reporting payer-required data elements

Source: AvaSure
In the transformative world of healthcare right now, one topic is at the center of all the headlines: the critical nursing shortage. This gap of over 1 million nurses nationwide is the culmination of years of declining nurse enrollment amplified by the pandemic. As hospitals must function with fewer RNs without sacrificing quality care, the use of virtual care has emerged as a potential savior to a dire situation.

Hospitals across the U.S. are dipping their toes into the world of virtual nursing, but many are unsure where to start and not making much progress. Yet Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth has been in the virtual care game for years and can be viewed as a roadmap for other facilities looking to cope with capacity challenges, staffing shortages and extended emergency department wait times.

Download the whitepaper to learn:

  • Concrete strategies and starting points for implementing virtual care
  • How virtual nursing can improve employee retention and patient outcomes
  • Real-world results from a successful virtual nursing program

Source: AMN Healthcare
Health systems are increasingly tapping travel allied healthcare professionals to address urgent workforce needs. 

While permanent allied healthcare staff remain hard to find in local markets, travelers have proven a reliable supplement with geographical flexibility. However, the job market has become more competitive as demand for a flexible allied healthcare workforce grows nationwide.

This white paper outlines numerous strategies healthcare organizations can use to successfully staff allied healthcare travelers.

Key learnings: 

  • The benefits of employing allied travel professionals
  • Five ways to make allied travel assignments more appealing
  • Workers' biggest pain points in the job search process 

Source: Smith+Nephew
A pragmatic, open-label, randomized controlled trial at two ICUs at Stanford Medical Center – specializing in the care of cardiothoracic surgery patients or critically ill, medical, surgical and trauma patients – saw significant reduction in hospital-acquired pressure injuries with implementation of the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System.

Publication summary covers: 

  • Improvement in turn protocol adherence
  • Reduction in incidence of pressure injuries
  • Specifics on ventilator-dependent patients

The LEAF System combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering: 
  • Personalized care for each patient
  • Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
  • Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
  • Automatically generated reports that can be used for root cause analysis

Source: ServiceNow
Healthcare leaders are preparing for operations and care delivery to look vastly different a few years from now. While digital transformation holds the key to greater efficiencies, cutting-edge care and meeting patients' expectations, the journey is far from simple and demands resilience.

In this e-book, you'll find a collection of seven must-read articles that highlight innovation, challenges and viewpoints of leading hospitals and health systems like CommonSpirit Health (Chiago), UPMC (Pittsburgh) and more as they work toward building a unified digital environment.

You'll find:  

  • What leaders predict healthcare will look like in 100 years
  • How digital chiefs are preparing for the near future
  • Best practices for achieving a unified tech environment that's safe + compliant

Source: Cue Health
Healthcare today is rapidly evolving to facilitate patient care that is decentralized, less fragmented and more competitive. To meet these demands, the industry has begun adopting point-of-care testing (POCT) for convenience and speed over lab-based testing.

To learn more about the state of POCT today, Becker's Hospital Review spoke with Rhonda Ashcraft, laboratory manager for clinical operations with Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Houston, and two leaders from Cue Health, an innovator in molecular point-of-care diagnostics.

This white paper contains insights on:

  • The evolution and limitations of antigen testing
  • Traditional barriers to molecular POCT and how to overcome them
  • Why molecular POCT is becoming the "gold standard" of POCT solutions

Source: NICE  
Hospital and health systems are all working to attract new patients, retain existing ones and rebuild trust in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Improving access and engagement are key to succeeding in each of these areas. 

Becker's Hospital Review recently spoke with digital experts — including Maria Fernandez, director of patient experience at Emory Johns Creek (Ga.) Hospital — to discuss how to deliver the consumer-centric experience patients are demanding and achieve each of the above goals. 

This brief report covers: 

  • Key factors driving patient frustration 
  • The type of technology hospitals can use to streamline digital interactions 
  • How Emory Johns Creek Hospital is improving staff and patient experience

 

Source: NICE
When it comes to the patient experience, standout organizations are those that embrace consumerism and fully understand what patients expect out of technology. What is the preferred technology? How does it increase satisfaction? 

This new report answers these questions and examines more trends affecting the patient experience. It covers:  

  • Why healthcare providers need a strong, proven patient-experience strategy 
  • Which patient-experience projects should be top priority for providers 
  • How artificial intelligence is impacting the quality of digital patient experience 
  • 6 practical recommendations for achieving success

Source: Connexall
Seamless. Cohesive. Unified. These are the praises sung by clinical leaders to describe the transformative impact of a fully connected healthcare delivery ecosystem. When technologies are seamlessly integrated, the result is a streamlined experience for frontline
care teams, enabling them to dedicate their energy to patient care rather than grappling with disjointed tools.

Connexall solutions power the connected hospital with an integrated end-to-end communication platform to promote care quality, enhance patient experience, elevate staff satisfaction, and improve health outcomes.

This interactive guide illustrates examples of how Connexall is helping transform patient care and realize their vision of a becoming truly connected hospitals.

Learning Objectives:

Through this guide, users will:

  • Recognize the positive impact that smart integration technology can have on streamlining workflows, improving care delivery, and enhancing patient and staff satisfaction.
  • Understand the value of employing a flexible, vendor neutral, and fully customizable use case-based methodology to realize the vision of a smart connected hospital.
  • Experience how leading health systems across North America are employing Connexall solutions to more effectively meet the unique needs of their patients, providers, and communities.

Source: RevSpring  
Despite the various disruptions and financial headwinds buffeting health systems, one constant remains — a commitment to integrating more patient-facing technologies. However, there is no single solution that can deliver all patients the consumer-friendly experience they crave. And integrating new solutions introduces new operational and user challenges.

To unpack this issue, Becker's Hospital Review hosted an advisory call with technology and patient engagement leaders from prominent hospitals and health systems. Organizations represented on the call include: 

 
  • Intermountain Health (Salt Lake City)
  • MUSC Health (Charleston, S.C.)
  • UPMC (Pittsburgh)
  Download the white paper to learn about:  
  • The barriers to a positive tech experience for patients
  • Health systems' inclusive, proactive patient-facing digital strategies
  • Why change management is the biggest hurdle in any technology journey 

 

Source: Constellation
Despite best intentions, things can go wrong in fast-paced healthcare environments. Early intervention after a patient-harm event is key to minimizing negative effects for everyone involved: patients, families and staff. 

This report covers how to speed up resolution after patient-harm events, lower costs, and mitigate clinician stress and care team disruptions. Cases close three times faster than the national average in instances where intervention happens quickly and indemnity is paid, according to early findings. 

Learning objectives:  

  • Why reporting harm events early is important 
  • How early reporting influences both expenses and the lifecycle of a case positively 
  • The elements of early intervention and their benefits

Source: ServiceNow
Having a seamless onboarding experience is vital to start clinicians off on the right foot and set the stage for employee retention — yet most hospitals lack a unified strategy to bring together the many departments involved, making the process unwieldy, time consuming and costly.

An onboarding process can take up to six months and cost up to $300,000 per clinician, and the cost of losing one nurse is estimated to be $52,350. It's imperative for healthcare
organizations to streamline clinicians' onboarding and hold on to them once they're up to speed.

This white paper details how an automated and seamless onboarding process can be a strategic differentiator and free up clinicians to focus on what really matters: patient care.

You'll learn:

  • What parts of the onboarding process are frustrating for providers
  • Why efficient onboarding is vital for employee retention, patient care and finances
  • How to create a unified, seamless onboarding process through intelligent automation

 

Source: iA
Healthcare in general has made great strides in technological advancements that have transformed the industry. Pharmacy is one area that has yet to embrace advancements at the same pace — even as the pharmacy market grows rapidly. As more prescription drugs are introduced, pharmacies are filling more prescriptions, positioning the industry to grow from $560 billion in 2021 to $862 billion by 2028. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical expenses grew 7.7% in the U.S. in 2021.

The bottom line: Pharmacies can't afford to lag behind on digital innovation. Pharmacy workers are already struggling to keep up with the growing demand, and patients expect the convenience, accessibility and reduced costs that a digital experience can offer. This whitepaper lays out the evidence that the pharmacy industry is poised for a movement and offers concrete ways to prepare. 

You'll learn:  

  • The three telltale signs of an incoming movement for pharmacy
  • Why it's vital for pharmacies to transform the way they operate
  • Strategies for innovation and tech advancement, patient satisfaction and retention, and tackling economic headwinds

Source: AMN Healthcare
How is the demand for physicians and advanced practitioners changing? What recruitment incentives are most effective? This 2023 report examines the key trends healthcare leaders need to know to elevate recruitment strategies and stay competitive. 

The annual AMN Healthcare/Merritt Hawkins Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives is a benchmarking resource used by hospitals, medical groups and other facilities to inform recruitment efforts. 

Download the report to learn:  

  • How demand for physicians and advanced practitioners is changing and which are most challenging to recruit
  • The types of financial and other incentives used to recruit physicians and advanced practitioners
  • The types of practice settings into which physicians and advanced practitioners are being recruited and the types of communities that are recruiting them based on population size

Source: MCG
Intermediate-risk chest pain patients — those not classified as low risk or high risk — can be especially tricky for emergency department teams. Clinicians do not have access to straightforward or universally agreed upon next steps for intermediate-risk patients like they do for low-risk or high-risk chest pain patients. 

Efficient and effective care for intermediate-risk patients requires a series of correct clinical determinations and decisions. This white paper explores an evidence-based approach to give ED clinicians confidence when caring for patients presenting with immediate-risk chest pain. 

It covers:  

  • Appropriate risk assessment
  • Next steps for intermediate-risk patients
  • Revascularization versus medical therapy

Source: Ascom
A recent survey of 950 acute care and med-surg nurses revealed Clinical Decision Support Systems are the top tech tool they believe will lead to better care quality over the next five years.

The new findings also reveal more about hospital nurses' overall outlook on care quality, as well as what they want out of technologies to improve the work environment and patient safety.

Healthcare leaders will learn:

What nurses say they want technology to help them do
Where CDSS are being used outside of the ICU and the value nurses find in them
Key barriers to implementing CDSS outside of the ICU and how hospitals can overcome them

Read the full report.

Source: RingCentral
More and more, healthcare leaders are committing to digital, personalized experiences for patients, acknowledging how these offerings can boost satisfaction and enable smoother connection points between patients, providers and payers.

This white paper narrates a patient's healthcare journey supported by cloud communications, demonstrating how this technology applied to each step — from scheduling to post-op, follow-up and billing — can empower and delight patients and support processes between all key players in the care continuum.

Source: eVideon
With pressure to achieve more with less, hospitals and health systems are getting more selective with their technology investments. Leaders expect cohesive capabilities like access to real-time information, seamless data exchanges, effective communication and more — all while reducing clinician burden and improving patients' experience at every point of the care journey.

This playbook walks you through key components of a tech-enabled patient room, and how organizations like Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital are improving experiences for patients and their families, as well as streamlining clinical workflows for front-line teams.

You'll also find:  

  • Case studies linked throughout
  • Concrete ways smart room technology supports and satisfies nurses 
  • Advances in tech that promote personalization and patient education

Source: Gozio Health
These days, digital services play a significant role in the healthcare journey. Yet, most patients say providers’ mobile apps fail to meet their needs. To be competitive and to deliver the best experience, hospitals and health systems must meet patients, employees and health plan members where they are and customize their mobile interactions.

This whitepaper outlines how tailoring mobile experiences for various users creates a more personalized and engaging healthcare experience, ultimately boosting staff and patient experience — and your bottom line.

Key learnings: 

  • The benefits of patient and employee mobile apps
  • How to adopt personalized mobile strategies 

Source: Smith+Nephew  
A pragmatic, open-label, randomized controlled trial at two ICUs at Stanford Medical Center – specializing in the care of cardiothoracic surgery patients or critically ill, medical, surgical and trauma patients – saw significant reduction in hospital-acquired pressure injuries with implementation of the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System.

Publication summary covers:

  • Improvement in turn protocol adherence
  • Reduction in incidence of pressure injuries
  • Specifics on ventilator-dependent patients
 

The LEAF System combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering:
 
  • Personalized care for each patient
  • Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
  • Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
  • Automatically generated reports that can be used for root cause analysis

 

Source: IMO
Healthcare organizations rely heavily on value sets in order to identify distinct patient populations. However, creating and maintaining these important tools is complex and challenging, often diverting valuable resources from other essential tasks.

In this insight brief, we delve into value sets and their importance in various healthcare initiatives such as population health management, quality reporting, clinical trials, and more. We also highlight the challenges organizations face when managing value sets, including:

  • Issues with processes such as time-consuming manual data manipulation due to code set updates and inconsistent methods for building value sets; and
  • Issues with value set definitions and data ambiguity including competing methods for defining value sets and the frequent absence of a centralized repository in which to store them

Fortunately, like most challenges, there is a solution – in this case, one that leverages comprehensive clinical terminology and code mappings along with innovative tooling to streamline the creation and editing of value sets.

 

Source: Advisory Board
Nationwide value-based payment may become a reality in the next 5 to 10 years, and industry players need to be prepared. 

This white paper breaks down three possible scenarios for nationwide value-based care. In each scenario, industry experts describe what the future could look like, how it might unfold, and what that means for major stakeholders in healthcare — and what to do if this future doesn't look rosy for your organization.

Key takeaways: 

  • See how three different scenarios catalyze value-based care
  • Discover who gains the advantage and how each projected path forward affects major stakeholders
  • Learn how to secure a place in a value-based care future

Source: Philips
After patients have a cryptogenic stroke, 30-day monitoring with Philips mobile cardiac telemetry-MCOT patch realizes significant cost-savings compared to proceeding directly with implantable loop recorder (ILR) alone — that's according to new findings from a cost-minimization model.

The improved atrial fibrillation (AF) detection rates of MCOT followed by ILR reduce the likelihood of a secondary stroke due to new anticoagulant use, resulting in a significantly lower total cost of care.

This study demonstrates:

  • MCOT as a first-line evaluation detected 4.6 times more patients with AF compared to ILR alone.
  • MCOT followed by IRL resulted in almost 8 times lower costs compared to ILR alone, due to improved AF detection rates and reduction of secondary stroke risk.
  • Total cost difference of MCOT followed by ILR vs ILR alone

Source: Helix
Gone are the days where genomics is singularly viewed as expensive, hard to implement, and lacking clear benefits and return on investment. 

For forward-thinking healthcare leaders, genomic screening is on the brink of becoming the standard of care.

In this whitepaper, you'll read three experts' thoughts on the evolving clinical and research landscape for genomics, as well as the business case for population genomics at an academic medical center.

Key learnings:

  • Explore MUSC's innovative genomics initiative
  • The growth of enterprise genomics programs
  • How population genomics is transforming clinical care and driving strategic growth

Source: Cardinal Health
Reporting on data from its latest rankings, The Leapfrog Group said a "dramatic spike" in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) during 2021 and 2022 "should stop hospitals in their tracks." HAIs lead to increased morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and costs, making infection control paramount for hospitals and health systems. 

Proper use of surgical gloves is a critical aspect of infection control efforts, but surgical gloves come with their own issues, such as being prone to perforation and causing skin problems for wearers after prolonged use. To minimize risks, healthcare providers should develop detailed and consistent guidelines for surgical glove use. 

Download this white paper to learn: 

  • Factors to consider to choose the right surgical gloves
  • Best practices for safe surgical glove usage
  • How to stay up to date on hand hygiene best practices

Source: Smith+Nephew
This meta-analysis tracks results across eight studies covering more than 34,711 patients, 19,136 of whom were monitored using the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System.
See the huge impact the system made on protocol adherence and incidence of pressure injuries. 

  • 1 randomized controlled trial
  • 7 conference abstracts
  • Study results included both clinical and health economic data
  The LEAF System combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering:   
  • Personalized care for each patient
  • Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
  • Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
  • Automatically generated reports that can be used for root cause analysis

Source: TRIMEDX
The relationship between health systems and medical equipment can be complicated. The modern standard of care leans heavily on technology to aid diagnostics and treatment. But the cost of advancing care is substantial. In addition to the cost of purchasing equipment, health systems must invest in maintaining these highly technical devices. While the breadth of these demands may seem daunting, standardizing a proactive approach to technical maintenance, supply chain management, regulatory compliance, and cybersecurity can remove many uncertainties from modern care delivery and yield a greater return on a health system’s investments.

In this whitepaper, organizations will learn how to implement a proactive approach to comprehensive clinical engineering for optimal patient care and greater return by:

  • Using technology to support a preventative maintenance strategy
  • Strengthening supply chains with a dedicated process
  • Staying ahead of regulatory developments
  • Establishing data-driven cybersecurity protocols for medical equipment

Source: Notable
Sophisticated personalization has existed for more than a decade from companies like Amazon and Netflix.

And because of that, personalized experiences are what consumers expect.

But as of 2023, receiving a personalized experience from a healthcare provider is an anomaly.

Because of this, patients are increasingly disappointed with the experience their providers deliver (and are starting to look at alternatives).

This whitepaper explores the personalization journey of two leading health systems and provides steps you can take to implement at your organization.

Discover how:

  • Leading health systems combat patient leakage and maintain a competitive edge
  • Personalization can help you save anywhere from $6–40 for every call avoided
  • Leading health systems achieve 95%+ patient satisfaction

Source: Elsevier  
Across the country, hospitals and health systems are adopting new technology with the same, ambitious double aim: to improve patient outcomes while managing skyrocketing costs. With an evidence-based, clinical decision support tool — embedded into their clinical workflow — Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health Cancer Center saw marked improvement in both of these metrics. 

This case study reviews the research performed and the impact researchers found on patient survival rates and contribution margins.

Read more for key insights on: 

  • The value of reducing care variation
  • The cancer center's clinical and financial successes, including enhanced patient survival rates and a 74 percent contribution margin increase
  • Anticipated effects on provider efficiency and physician burnout

 

Source: CCS  
Care management is crucial for people with chronic conditions, many of whom struggle to navigate the healthcare system while managing their health at home. With the healthcare industry still straddling fee-for-service and value-based care, care management stakeholders remain misaligned.

Common pain points, including failing to enroll the right people and missing the mark on holistic, socioeconomically sensitive services, leaving patients in the shuffle.

This whitepaper outlines how care management stakeholders can acknowledge shortfalls and bridge the gaps in financial, technical, and clinical strategies to support better the health and wellness of people with chronic conditions.

Key learnings:

  • Insights from clinical executives at a leading national health plan and diabetes management organization
  • 5 common pain points in the care management continuum
  • Strategies to reinvent the care management status quo

Source: Provation
Increasing industry pressures are complicating hospitals' efforts to increase clinical productivity, cut costs and protect future growth opportunities. Reimbursements are universally declining, and value-based models are more prevalent in healthcare — making cost reduction a growing priority. At the same time, data breaches are on the rise and hospitals are being forced to make bigger investments due to the rising tech burden.

This whitepaper shows how hospitals are harnessing the power of technology and artificial intelligence to increase productivity, improve clinician satisfaction, and work anytime, anywhere.

Find out how your hospital can experience: 

  • AI-driven GI documentation workflows
  • Increased cybersecurity
  • Robust enterprise reporting; and
  • Advanced, always current medical content

Source: Neuroflow

Integrating behavioral health into physical care is a top priority for many healthcare organizations. However, building an integrated program or enhancing an existing one is a challenging task. Overwhelming demand for mental health services, ongoing financial challenges and escalating staff burnout create considerable roadblocks for organizations planning to integrate behavioral health.

Still, many leading healthcare organizations have identified and implemented evidence-based models that meet the needs of their populations with consistently positive outcomes. NeuroFlow has distilled that experience and advice into a helpful guide providing the tools your organization needs to develop an effective roadmap for integration.

In this whitepaper you'll learn:  
  • How to advance integrated behavioral health programs based on your organization's unique needs
  • Opportunities to scale integrated behavioral health programs and key considerations to achieve financial sustainability
  • How leading systems have successfully launched and expanded integrated behavioral health program

Source: Cardinal Pharma
Spending on specialty drugs grew to $301 billion in 2021 — and it's projected to surge even more over the next two years. Amid these projections, health systems are rethinking strategies to best manage the costs and complexities of their specialty medications.

In this interview, hear from Cardinal Health’s specialty drug inventory expert about inventory technology that enables providers to better manage specialty drug inventory and ensure these expensive products aren't going to waste.

Learning points:

  • Prepare for unpredictable demand without incurring carrying costs for limited distribution drugs
  • Optimize your specialty inventory spend by only buying products you use
  • Eliminate waste due to expired specialty medications

Source: GOJO
The long-term care sector is emerging from COVID-19 wounded yet equipped with plenty of lessons learned in infection prevention. While improving quality and patient safety will take substantial, concerted efforts, there are small but powerful changes facilities can make today to promote better outcomes.

This guide offers a collection of updated, evidence-based guidelines for hand hygiene and surface disinfection to support your team as you navigate forward. You'll find actionable tips and insights on:

  • Post-COVID revisions to infection prevention regulations
  • Criteria for evaluating hand hygiene and surface disinfection products
  • Resources that propel improved safety culture and infrastructure

Source: Zoom
Patients' heightened expectations for convenience and fast responses have spurred healthcare organizations to level up their contact centers, and move away from antiquated "call centers" that have historically led to rerouted calls, inefficiencies and frustration.

This interview with Ron Strachan, Healthcare CIO Advisor at Zoom shares what healthcare organizations — whether a provider, payer or life science company — need to build a modern, robust contact center.

Learning points:

  • Why contact centers have gained renewed attention as a top priority
  • How a cloud based, video enabled, contact center solution can expand patient engagement and satisfaction
  • Ways the modern contact center can increase flexibility for physicians and potentially reduce burnout

Source: MCG  

The last half century has borne witness to a new paradigm in healthcare delivery. What was once unimaginable — namely performing surgery anywhere other than the hospital — has become commonplace. Today, more than 50 percent of surgeries are performed in outpatient settings, including ASCs and hospital outpatient departments. 

Despite the growth in outpatient procedures, challenges remain. Barriers to the continued expansion of outpatient procedures include differential payments for various sites of care, inadequate compensation for preoperative patient optimization, competing hospital priorities, and inequities in patient access.

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview on current trends in outpatient procedures and what  healthcare organizations must do to remain successful in the future.

Key learnings:  
  • Current and future regulatory and financial trends 
  • Key considerations for shifting procedures to lower sites of care
  • How benchmarking tools can provide guidance

 

Source: CDW Healthcare
Stubborn workforce challenges brought to the surface the need for streamlined care coordination and augmented, unburdened staff. Innovative health systems are exploring what's possible via artificial intelligence-powered technology, not only to address these issues but also to meet patients' rapidly changing needs and preferences — whether inside or outside the four walls of a hospital room.

In this white paper, you'll see insights gleaned from an executive roundtable at Becker's Hospital Review's 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago, where leaders discussed the role of automated intelligence and platform-based tech in these areas. Read more to learn about:

  • Core tech features of the redesigned, modernized patient room
  • How clinical care coordination centers address efficiency and patient needs
  • Why leaders should think twice before fully outsourcing to an AI system

Source: RevSpring  
For hospitals and health systems to achieve long-term financial sustainability in the face of economic pressures, a one-size-fits-all approach to payments isn't going to cut it.

In an advisory call, leaders from NYC Health + Hospitals in New York City, Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh and Baptist Memorial Health in Memphis, Tenn., discussed the patient payment landscape, and shared strategies to improve payment processes and the patient experience.

In this e-book, you'll learn what these healthcare organizations and others are doing to create a culture that fosters positive financial conversations with patients.

Key learnings:

  • Tips for increasing point-of-service collections
  • Best practices for educating patients on financial responsibility and health insurance
  • How to personalize payments for a better patient experience

Source: Pacira Biosciences
Outstanding outcomes and lower costs are the hallmarks of ambulatory surgery centers. However, consistently delivering these results isn't easy, especially for complex procedures such as spinal surgery and joint replacements. To ensure high patient satisfaction and reduce hospital readmissions after such procedures, effective pain management is essential.

Becker's Healthcare recently spoke with four physicians about how pain management protocols in ASCs have evolved as more patients and procedures have shifted to outpatient settings and as the opioid crisis persists. Experts also shared the core components of a successful multimodal pain management program. The ASC surgical and pain management experts tapped for their insights included:

  • Michael Briseño, MD, North Texas Orthopedics and Spine Center (Grapevine, Texas), Texas Health Orthopedic Surgery Center Heritage (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Jonathan Hyde, MD, Miami Spine Specialists
  • Richard Teames, MD, BSN, Dallas-based Valiant Anesthesia Associates
  • Shane Zamani, MD, Surgery Center at Doral (Fla.)

Source: Cardinal Health
Healthcare facilities can't afford missteps in protecting their staff and patients — with 1 in 31 patients enduring a healthcare associated infection on any given day and hospitals spending $28.4 billion on this issue annually, leaders must prioritize the tried-and-true protocols that promote safety, including best practices for exam gloving.1

In this guide, you'll learn the key steps to properly select, store and use exam gloves to ensure the optimal health and well-being of your patients and clinicians.

You'll have access to resources including:

  • An exam glove clinical application matrix to help you choose the right exam glove in every clinical setting
  • An exam glove storage guide
  • Step-by-step instructions for putting on and removing exam gloves for the best possible protection

Source: Relias
Healthcare organizations face immense challenges, including staffing, financial and regulatory challenges. Success in this environment requires transformational leaders who can inspire teams and drive impactful change.

In healthcare, transformational leadership yields numerous benefits, including employee engagement and retention, patient safety and organizational achievement.

The key question is: how to develop truly transformational leaders?

This new white paper lays out exactly what transformational leadership is, what the benefits are and most importantly – how to become a transformational leader.

Download this white paper now to learn:

  • The definition of transformational leadership
  • Characteristics of transformational leaders
  • The many ways that transformational leadership benefits an organization
  • Four steps to become a transformational leader

Source: Reputation  
 What trends are shaping the direction of the healthcare industry in 2023? We surveyed consumers to understand how they look for care, including how search, ratings/reviews, and other factors influence their choice of a provider. It’s clear that digital drives the patient journey – and 86% of patients say they read online reviews, up from 72% last year.

Our concise and hard-hitting trends guide shares concrete feedback that providers can use to become more patient-centric and successful.

You’ll learn:

  • How patient feedback drives business results.
  • How Google influences the patient journey.
  • Why in-network retention is at risk.

Source: Relatient
No shows are a real problem for healthcare organizations, costing the industry an estimated $150 billion annually. In addition to higher costs to the care provider, patients who fail to show up for their appointments often require more expensive emergency care later on.

Understanding who is most likely to no-show for an appointment — and why — is important to determining how to best tackle the issue.

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • 3 strategies that don't move the needle on no show rates
  • 5 common misconceptions about patient behavior and motivations
  • 7 things that actually work to radically reduce the number of no-shows

Source: DIRECTV
Consumers today can have virtually any product delivered overnight, choose what to watch with the touch of a button, and look up any topic in seconds — and they expect the same level of convenience from their healthcare providers.

Online reviews, the expectation of price transparency and the popularity of wearable health-tracking devices are all influencing the way patients seek medical care. This e-book explores five trends in care delivery transforming the modern patient experience. 

Key learnings include:

 
  • How patients are choosing healthcare providers today
  • Why price transparency is a must
  • What patients are looking for in the care experience

 

Source: Smith Nephew
Staffing challenges mean it’s increasingly difficult to maintain on-time patient turning and prevent pressure injuries. Fortunately, the latest guidelines detail recommended prevention protocols and promote new technology that can remind staff of turning times.


In this paper, see:

 

  • Highlights of the guidelines in an easy-to-read format.
  • A comparison between auditory cueing and wireless patient monitoring technology.
  • A case study showing how wireless patient monitoring improved efficiency for nursing staff and significantly reduced HAPI incidence in a 145-bed general hospital.
The first patient monitoring system designed to aid pressure injury prevention protocols is the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System, which combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering:
  • Personalized care for each patient
  • Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
  • Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
  • Automatically generated reports

Source: Healthgrades
Research from Healthgrades shows that women are missing out on vital health screenings — around 55 percent of women skipped or delayed preventive care in the last year and were 48 percent more likely to do so than men.

But whether it’s navigating patients' post-pandemic perceptions or concerns about diversity, equity and inclusion, health system and pharma marketers can help female patients prioritize wellness and make confident healthcare decisions.

Download the special report to learn:

  • Why women are missing out on care
  • What obstacles prevent women from addressing health concerns
  • The 3 biggest things women look for in a healthcare provider
  • How marketers can enhance patient experiences and outcomes + 4 ways they can better serve women

Source: Provation
In today’s digital landscape, anesthesia teams cannot document procedure details by hand or use AIMS software that doesn’t properly manage the entire perioperative encounter. These inefficient, outdated tools risk patient safety and can lead to staff burnout.

In this white paper, you'll learn about the perioperative AIMS software that led an anesthesia group in a Florida health system to success with EHR integration, mobile flexibility, and an intuitive user interface.

Discover the benefits through their eyes — from improved staff satisfaction, documentation, and patient safety to cost savings and streamlined OR processes.

Read more to find out how your facility could enable:

 
  • Automatic charting of patient vitals with wireless data streaming from anesthesia monitor machines
  • On-the-go documentation with a mobile tablet that allows for real-time patient check-ins
  • Improved patient safety and compliant documentation from pre-op to post-op and billing
  • Increased staff satisfaction within an understaffed workforce

 

Source: Haemonetics
When it comes to blood transfusions, there simply is no room for error. Despite advances in technology and process controls, incidents involving errors that could result in wrong transfusions are all too common. To see real improvements, a new approach to transfusion safety is needed.

Point-of-care blood management systems can help reduce transfusion errors while improving efficiency and lowering costs. Discover how the implementation of this system helped one hospital save $436,000 annually.

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • The problems hospital blood supply chains face today
  • Why the role of point-of-care blood management systems is more critical than ever
  • How point-of-care blood management systems help support transfusion safety, compliance and efficiency while reducing costs

Source: Clear Arch Health
Patient readmission rate is a key metric used to assess a hospital or health system's quality of care. High readmissions are a big indicator of a failure to properly address patient health management.

This white paper outlines how one health system successfully reduced readmissions for chronically ill patients by utilizing remote patient monitoring.

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • Best-practices for implementing a sustainable and effective remote patient management program.
  • How Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System achieved significant reductions in readmissions for specific clinical case uses and expanded its remote patient monitoring program.
  • How remote patient monitoring programs can increase patient-provider communication, improve patient engagement and encourage patient self-management.

Source: Upstream
The 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade had profound, rippling effects on reproductive healthcare and access to contraceptive services — immediately. Industry leaders are bracing for change.

In this whitepaper, you'll learn how community health center leaders and their organizations are adapting to the rise in demand for contraceptive care and how they're addressing barriers to providing services for patients.

Read more for insights on:

  • The emerging role of primary care providers as key figures in contraceptive counseling, service delivery and access, and how leaders can support them in this role
  • Navigating barriers to contraceptive care, such as insurance challenges
  • Empowering staff to make time for contraceptive counseling and education and patient-centered care

Source: Abbott
Are we doing everything we can for vascular patients? 

CAD and PAD patients have always faced roadblocks along their post-intervention care journey, from costly treatments to finding the motivation and time for managing their conditions. Additionally, there's a disconnect between physicians' and patients' views on the value of digital tools in adhering to care plans. 

This white paper from Year 3 of Abbott's Beyond Intervention research into the global state of vascular care contains key insights from over 2,000 patients, healthcare providers and healthcare leaders on how we might improve patient adherence and outcomes outside healthcare facilities. 

Key learnings include:

 
  • The importance of a comprehensive care experience within the healthcare system
  • The biggest challenges for patients in adhering to post-discharge care plans
  • How healthcare leaders and providers can provide multiple touchpoints and leverage digital tools to make adhering to a care plan at home easier for patients

Source: Quest
The 100-year-old Mantoux tuberculin skin test requires two office visits and a highly trained eye from the physician to make a diagnosis. Human error is inevitable, and it's common for patients to miss their second appointment, wasting office time and sending them back to square one. 

For nearly 20 years, the Interferon Gamma Release Assay — a simple blood test — has offered a more efficient, more accurate alternative, yet 3 out of 4 healthcare providers default to the century old method. In this white paper, Quest Diagnostics will explore the facts and debunk the myths and misconceptions that have surrounded IGRAs since their inception. 

Key learning points: 

  • How IGRA blood tests use the latest field-proven medical technologies to yield a conclusive result 97 percent of the time
  • How the IGRA saves patients and physicians time and stress
  • Why the IGRA is ultimately the most cost-effective choice

Source: Exact Sciences
Precision oncology has come a long way — equipped with new and better information gleaned from genomic testing, more hospitals and health systems are building comprehensive programs around this form of medicine. But it is no easy task: Leaders initiating such programs must be prepared with the teams, processes, workflows and partnerships needed to ensure success and standardized care.

In this white paper, Duarte, Calif.-based City of Hope shares five key lessons learned from building their precision oncology program, as well as the success they're seeing in patient engagement and earlier detection.

You'll also learn:

  • How precision oncology has changed over time, and how the more recent "panoramic" approach is better positioning clinicians to choose the right treatments for patients
  • Why standardization of care in precision oncology is critical for equitable care
  • The benefits that a precision oncology program can bring to patients and communities + the infrastructure and processes organizations should consider in building a successful program

Source: VisualDx
Diagnostic errors affect an estimated 12 million adults in the U.S. each year — compromising patients' well-being and facilities' bottom line, as these errors cost the healthcare system approximately $20 billion annually. Especially at organizations embracing value-based care, leaders must explore the root causes of these errors, which can range from unconscious biases to lack of clinical resources, and consider how clinical decision support tools may fit into their workflows.

In this white paper, you'll learn how clinical decision support tools can augment physicians' reasoning and enable them to visualize patient data, access specialist knowledge and identify trends to improve efficiency, accuracy and quality of care. You'll also find insights on:

  • The dangers of unconscious bias in diagnostics
  • The impact of inappropriate referrals
  • Improving patient satisfaction and health equity

Source: Cardinal Health
Supply disruptions to surgical drapes and gowns create frustration and additional work for operating room staff forced to hunt down alternatives.

Healthcare leaders shouldn’t underestimate the importance of supplying staff with the right operating room products to ensure they feel confidently protected to care for patients.

This eBook explores how supply reliability affects clinical teams and the solutions that can help mitigate surgical drape and gown challenges in the OR.

Please fill out the form to download the eBook.

Learning objectives: 

  • Appropriate protection and comfort for any procedure
  • The value of choosing the right drape and gown for each procedure
  • How a healthy supply chain with state-side manufacturing can help keep shelves reliably stocked.

Source: Wolters Kluwer
Early identification of sepsis and consistent evidence-based care must be a priority for hospital administrators and clinical leaders. Driven by lengthy stays, sepsis is the most expensive condition for U.S. hospitals, is a major driver for readmissions, and is a top reason for in-hospital patient mortality.

To tackle these challenges, Conway (Ark.) Regional Medical Center focused on patient monitoring to improve compliance rates and make doing the right thing easier for clinicians.

Read this case study to learn how Conway Regional: 

  • Identifies patients with sepsis earlier with continuous alerts and reminders that guide care
  • Improved SEP-1 bundle compliance by more than 20 percent over four months 
  • Achieved cumulative savings of $384,000 in four months 

 

Source: MRIoA
What would member satisfaction and business profitability look like in your organization if you could ensure patients consistently get the right care at the right time? When over- or underutilization occurs, the impact ripples to all patients/members and your business. Medical Review Institute of America (MRIoA) has modernized utilization management to ensure appropriate care. Find out how with digitalization, advanced analytics and evidence-based clinical guidance, and greater connectivity between health plans, patients and top medical specialists across the nation, independent clinical review has become the solution health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), third-party administrators (TPAs), government, and self-insureds can’t compete without.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how modern utilization management solves multiple challenges for healthcare organizations
  • Understand the keys to empowering patients and reducing unnecessary costs by ensuring appropriate care
  • Find out how modern independent clinical review works seamlessly with your organization to expand your capabilities

Source: QGenda
Facing long wait times, heavy administrative burden and rising physician dissatisfaction, leaders at Birmingham, Ala.-based UAB Hospital knew they needed to revamp scheduling at its Kirklin Clinic.

The so-called "superclinic" houses hundreds of physicians in nearly three dozen specialties and represents one of the busiest outpatient centers in the U.S.

During this webinar, leaders will share how the Kirklin Clinic implemented an intelligent room scheduling system to address these challenges and grow patient volume without expanding physical space. Learn how the hospital achieved:

  • A 7.4 percent increase in patient visits and 4.7 percent increase in clinic session volume
  • Shortened patient wait times
  • Reduced administrative burden and higher physician satisfaction

Source: Gozio
Efforts to empower patients via digital tools accelerated amid the pandemic, as leaders worked to increase access to care. New data from more than 38,800 hospitals and health systems worldwide suggests these strategies are working — though there is still room for improvement.

CHIME's 2022 Digital Health Most Wired survey assessed healthcare organization's digital health capabilities and usage across eight key categories, including patient engagement. This report offers a summary of the survey's patient engagement key findings, including a look at how organizations have improved patient engagement and what the intersection of patient empowerment and digital health will look like in the future.

In this report, you'll learn:

  • Which tools the majority of systems now have and consider table stakes
  • Which tools are most underutilized by systems
  • How to maximize staff and patient engagement

Source: LightBeam
Providers making transformational investments to succeed in value-based care often face the challenge of doing so while still generating revenue in fee-for-service (FFS). To bridge the two worlds, providers must prioritize strategies such as growing chronic care management (CCM) billing and automated tech such as Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM).

This case study features the journeys of four such Stratum Med provider groups that implemented Deviceless RPM as the catalyst to overcome staffing shortages while extending care to rising-risk patients and preventing avoidable utilization to generate shared savings.

  • Discover how Deviceless RPM strategies can increase staffing efficiency by up to 15x 
  • Learn from leaders at organizations in different stages of transitioning to value-based care
  • Discover how Deviceless RPM can lead to improved chronic conditions outcomes and financial savings

Source: Cue Health
As COVID-19 continues, with new variants emerging, the amount of new research and data about COVID-19 testing and treatment is overwhelming, making it hard for clinicians to keep up.

This new e-book provides brief snapshots — one page each — summarizing the latest data and insights on important COVID-19 topics.

Topics include:

  • Research shows Paxlovid cuts long COVID-19 risk
  • Pediatric cases of COVID-19 jump
  • How telehealth can increase access to Paxlovid
  • Updates from Pfizer on boosters and a combo vaccine
  • How pharmacists delivering vaccines lower healthcare costs
  • The growth of new variants
  • The impact of COVID-19 on gut bacteria and infections
  • Data on COVID-19 and flu coinfections
  • Updates on future COVID-19 vaccines and treatment

Source: Quest Diagnostics
With tuberculosis diagnoses falling significantly during the first two years of the pandemic, it's more important than ever that reliable TB testing is in place. Despite the availability of newer blood testing options that are easy to perform and deliver accurate results, the 100-year old TB skin test is still widely used.

In this whitepaper, Quest Diagnostics outlines the benefits of TB blood tests, including cost-savings, patient experience and more.

Key learning points:

  • How TB blood tests reduce patient visits
  • The objective, accurate results provided by blood tests
  • How blood tests yield cost savings for both patients and providers

Source: Cardinal Health  
Manual flushing can be time-consuming for overburdened healthcare staff, but hospitals can safely minimize the amount of time spent on this critical task with automated flush delivery technology. 

This whitepaper summarizes five clinical studies that reveal how the KangarooTM feed/flush pumps with automatic flushing technology from Cardinal HealthTM are benefiting patients and hospitals. 

Key learning points:

  • Potential cost-savings from automated flushing 
  • The benefits of automated flushing vs. manual syringe flushing
  • Solving for dehydration with automated flushing



Source: DrFirst
Gundersen Health System receives hundreds of prescription refill requests daily — a time-consuming, manual process with redundant tasks and errors.

Now, Gundersen is using an AI solution to automatically transcribe data in its renewal requests. This solution cuts down on manual clicks and keystrokes that can lead to medication errors and contribute to clinician burnout.
 
Download to learn how Gundersen has used this AI solution to: 

  • Improve "clean sigs" by 202 percent
  • Automatically import 84 percent of prescription renewal data
  • Save 100 hours of clinician data entry time  
  • Improve safety and decrease risk of errors

Source: Oracle Cerner
Healthcare is complex, but that doesn't change the fact that patients expect simplicity, convenience and personalization in their healthcare experiences.

To get to a place where patients feel the level of convenience in their healthcare experience is on par with what they're used to from other industries, organizations need to craft a strategy that offers digital front doors, digital practices and personalized experiences.

This whitepaper features insights from Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health and Oracle Cerner on:

  • Overcoming barriers in implementing digital solutions
  • The features of a strong digital front door
  • The difference between digital front doors and digital practices
  • Building organizational culture into digital transformation

Source: Elsevier
The simultaneous need to retain today’s nurses while preparing to support and nurture the nurses of tomorrow has never been greater. Only 50 percent of nurse leaders believe new nurses are ready to practice, according to a 2021 nurse leadership study conducted by Elsevier.

To learn more about how health systems are working to support veteran nurses and upskill new nurses, Becker's Hospital Review recently hosted an advisory call with several chief nursing officers and other clinical leaders. This report is based on that conversation. The topics covered included:

  • Bridging information gaps to strengthen clinical judgement beyond onboarding
  • Competency-based education focused on specific clinical environments
  • Pre-skilling and immersion programs to transition nurses faster into leadership roles
  • Emeritus roles for experienced nurses

Learn how leading organizations are improving nurse retention and preparing the next generation of high-performing nurses.

Source: Quest
Tuberculosis(TB) remains a leading cause of infectious disease morbidity and mortality worldwide, but during the pandemic, there was a 20 percent decline in reported TB diagnoses.

Is your hospital and health system’s TB screening strategy up-to-date?

Learn how leading health systems are using TB blood tests for pre-employment screens in the hiring process and to prevent post-exposure contagion. 

In this new white paper, discover how new testing provide hospitals and health systems with shorter test times and lower false-positivity rates.

Key takeaways:

 
  • Latest CDC guidance on workplace TB testing
  • Benefits of IGRAs vs. traditional TSTs
  • Best practices for pre-employment TB screening & post-exposure testing

Source: Phreesia
Mobile technology plays an important role in daily life. And in healthcare, the demand for mobile options is rising. Fortunately, mobile technology can streamline check-in, facilitate payments and support efficient communication.

This white paper discusses seven ways that mobile technology improves the intake experience for patients, providers and staff, and demonstrates why healthcare organizations that employ a mobile-first intake strategy are well-positioned to succeed in a rapidly changing healthcare system.

Read the white paper to learn:

  • How embracing mobile communication helps healthcare organizations improve patient satisfaction
  • Why embracing a mobile-first patient intake strategy helps providers save time and boost staff efficiency
  • Tips about how to use mobile technologies to deliver the convenience and flexibility patients expect

Source: Notable Health
Is your digital transformation going as planned? We hear from many providers that their systems aren’t generating hoped-for levels of patient engagement.

Unfortunately, outdated interfaces turn customers away, which means more work for providers and administrators.

Health systems must look beyond basic EHR forms and cookie-cutter processes to get patients on board. The user experience is what matters. Winning organizations are using consumer-grade tech solutions that patients can navigate easily. As a result, they’re seeing fewer no-shows and higher patient satisfaction.

How do health systems with limited resources create user-friendly experiences?

In a new whitepaper, we look at how three health systems leverage intelligent automation to save time and increase revenue. Discover ways to reduce workloads by building intelligent automation into your existing EHR system.

We share how intelligent automation is helping health systems achieve:

  • 8 percent reduction in no-shows
  • 74 percent digital conversion rate
  • 51 percent increase in co-payment
  • 96 percent patient satisfaction rating

Source: Wolters Kluwer
Early identification of sepsis and consistent evidence-based sepsis care must be a priority for hospital administrators and clinical leaders. Sepsis is the most expensive condition for US hospitals driven by lengthy stays, is a major driver for readmissions and a top reason for in-hospital patient mortality.

Conway (Ark.) Regional Medical Center gained more visibility into patients' status and timely, accurate alerts by partnering with Wolters Kluwer. This led to big improvements in the hospital's SEP-1 compliance rates and cost savings.

Read this Sentri7® Sepsis Monitor case study to learn how Conway Regional is:

  •  Identifying patients with sepsis earlier with real-time alerts and reminders that guide care
  • Improving SEP-1 bundle compliance by more than 20 percent over four months
  • Achieved cumulative savings of $384,000 in the four months since adopting Sentri7® Sepsis Monitor

Source: Oracle Cerner
Addressing health inequities has vaulted to the top of healthcare organizations’ agendas, as COVID-19 has created urgency to take meaningful actions to address health disparities and inequities.

However, despite a collective commitment to do better, organizations have lacked the technological infrastructure to enable detecting and addressing these inequities.

To shine a light on the technological infrastructure that is needed, Becker's Hospital Review spoke with David Feinberg, MD, chairman of Oracle Health, and two Indiana University Health leaders — Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, vice president and chief equity officer, and Nichole Wilson, vice president for community health operations — about the technology solutions required to addressing health inequities.

This white paper examines the:

  • Foundational technological infrastructure needed to make progress on inequities – including data platforms and frameworks
  • Datasets and analytics capabilities organizations need
  • Talent and human capabilities required to turn data into insights and action

Achieving health equity will take more than good intentions – it requires data and a technological underpinning. Discover the technology infrastructure needed to move the needle on health inequities.

Source: TruLite Health
Health equity has been a problem for years, but COVID shined a spotlight on this critical issue. Achieving true health equity will require sustained effort at massive scale. To better understand the current state of health equity, its strategic priority, and what healthcare organizations are doing to achieve it, Becker’s Healthcare partnered with TruLite Health on the first-ever survey to benchmark health equity among more than 100 organizations.

What did this survey find? A newly published ebook summarizes insights and analysis on the First Annual Health Equity Benchmarking Survey. This ebook focuses on:

  • Actionable steps that healthcare organizations are taking to address health equity
  • The main elements of health equity programs, budget commitments and status of the implementations
  • Tools and technologies required to support organizations in achieving health equity
  • Achieving health equity will take significant time, effort and investment. Discover what steps industry leaders are taking– and what your organization can do right now – to address this issue

Source: Ascom
Nurses are facing more challenges on the job than ever before. Accordingly, they expect more from their workplace to make committing to the job worthwhile. Higher compensation is just one way hospitals can support their nursing workforce.

Ascom's Challenges on The Job for U.S. Nurses survey includes responses from more than 500 nurses to give hospitals a closer look at the needs of today's nursing workforce and the main actions hospitals can take to attract and retain nursing talent.

Here's what you’ll learn:

  • What are the top three workplace stressors
  • How technology choices matter in deciding where to work
  • Nurses' #1 rated technology tool and why it’s critical in day-to-day job satisfaction

Source: Smith+Nephew
More than 6 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds and the problem isn't going away. Pain can become a vicious cycle for patients, leading to stress and anxiety, which can stall healing.

 Becker's Hospital Review spoke with two wound care experts about advances in negative pressure wound therapy and how these innovations may help dramatically improve both clinical outcomes and the patient experience:
  • Amanda Loney, BScN, RN, wound, ostomy and continence consultant, Bayshore Home Care Solutions, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 
  • Abbé Benoit, BSN, RN, clinical resource specialist, Smith+Nephew
  Key learnings:
  • How pain has a direct effect on the healing process
  • How to determine when negative pressure wound therapy is appropriate
  • How negative pressure wound therapy solutions can help to improve the patient experience
  • How best practices can include use of both traditional and single use negative pressure wound therapy


Source: Smith+Nephew
Healthcare staff are overburdened amid persistent workforce shortages and growing to-do lists. As a result, on-time patient turning often falls by the wayside, leading to increases in pressure injuries.

A single pressure injury can cost hospitals more than $21,000 and often prolong patients' length of stay, among other unwanted outcomes. This report outlines how Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville achieved a 67 percent reduction in hospital-acquired pressure injuries and a $500,000 return on investment after piloting a new system to remind employees of turning times.

Key learnings: 

  • The burden of hospital-acquired pressure injuries
  • Key challenges in preventing the complication
  • Best practices for implementing a sustainable pressure injury prevention program from Mayo Clinic Florida

 

Source: AdventHealth
In 2019, AdventHealth began laying the groundwork for a comprehensive genomics and personalized health program. Today, the Central Florida-based health system offers patients comprehensive genomics testing, analysis, interpretation and genetic counseling services.

This paper describes AdventHealth's approach to genomics and personalized health from both a strategic and programmatic standpoint. It includes underlying principles, lessons learned and a perspective on the future of therapeutic development.


Learning points: 

  • Identifying focus areas in genomics related to clinical utility
  • Leveraging strategic partnerships to accelerate clinical deployment and care improvement
  • Connecting genomic data with clinical data to create value from a research, discovery and data science perspective

Source: TRIMEDX
In a typical healthcare facility, hidden pockets of waste hinder operations, patient safety, and profits. Much of that waste stems from mobile medical equipment. Altogether, MME exceeds 90 percent of all clinical assets in a hospital, ranging from IV pumps to enteral feeding pumps, fluid warmers and more. Inefficiencies in the management of MME can pose infection risks for patients, waste employees' time, and cost healthcare systems' money.

Learn how Catholic Health System in Buffalo, N.Y., eliminated waste and cut these risks by leveraging an MME management program. This case study outlines how the health system used data to track equipment and accurately forecast utilization needs to ensure the right equipment was clean and ready for use when and where it was needed.

Key learning points:

  • The improvements Catholic Health System saw in equipment utilization, cleanliness, and safety
  • How the health system leveraged the program to increase staff satisfaction and face time with patients
  • Lessons learned for successful adoption of an MME management system

Source: Dispatch Health

Tailwinds from innovation in new care delivery models, streamlined technology, and a commitment to right-sizing healthcare spending have helped make a case for serving high-acuity patients at home. In-home care models complement facility-based care delivery by extending the reach to underserved or hard-to-reach populations in their communities.   As several forward-thinking health system leaders have found, partnering to provide high acuity care to patients in their homes has fast-tracked the ability to meet evolving consumer expectations. While at the same time helping to manage workforce challenges and capacity issues while protecting profit margins.

In this white paper, learn how innovative collaborations extend the system's service lines by serving high-acuity patients at home to achieve:  
  • A Hedge Against Workforce Challenges and Margin Compression
  • A More Cost-Effective Pathway, Solving for Repetitive Readmissions
  • Appeal with Post-Covid Consumer Expectations

Source: Elsevier
Patients can't get the right treatment without first being accurately diagnosed. But sometimes coming to an accurate diagnosis is challenging given clinician time constraints and the overwhelming amount of medical knowledge available. Diagnostic errors and delays impact everyone involved including healthcare leaders, clinicians and patients.


In this whitepaper, learn more about:
  • Causes of diagnostic errors and delays
  • Impacts of misdiagnosis
  • How to help your staff be well equipped to accurately diagnose patients

Source: PatientBond
Hospitals and health systems have access to a wealth of patient data, but market research is critical for interpreting that data from a patient’s point of view.

Central to insight-driven efforts is a consumer science known as psychographics that pertains to people’s attitudes, beliefs, values and personalities. It gets to the heart of consumers' motivations, priorities and communication preferences.

Experienced healthcare leaders know that being consumer-centric is more than shifting costs and granting patients more choice and options in their care. Consumerism means delighting patients and surpassing their expectations with personalized experiences so they want to come back when the time comes in which a hospital is needed.

Psychographics have been used for decades by consumer products manufacturers and retailers, which has conditioned consumers to have higher expectations regarding products and services. Healthcare leaders must learn to take a page or two from the "consumer playbook" and develop strategies that are informed by deep consumer insights.

This report covers:

 
  • The first Moment of Truth, when the healthcare consumer is "shopping" for a hospital and is making a decision on where to receive care services.
  • The second Moment of Truth, when the healthcare consumer experiences the hospital’s services.
  • Touchpoints that strengthen or detract from that brand experience.



Source: Cardinal Facial Protection
Masking emerged as a key tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. While some hospitals have loosened facial covering rules amid periods of low community transmission, experts predict that masking will remain a permanent fixture in many clinical settings long after COVID-19's immediate threat wanes.

These eight must-read Becker's articles offer the latest updates on masking in the era of COVID-19, from both an infection control and supply chain perspective. Readings include:

The value of wearing a mask when others don’t
Why did flu, COVID-19 ‘twindemic’ never happen? 1 explanation
How 4 systems keep supply issues from affecting care



Source: Exact Sciences
The cancer continuum is complex and often full of disconnected processes. From prevention and screening to diagnosis and therapy selection, helping patients and providers adhere to testing recommendations and access complete care is key to improving patient, provider, financial, and quality outcomes. Currently about 70% of cancers do not have a recommend screening method, but through innovations in screening and health information technology, outcomes can be improved. A key component of this comprehensive approach is the delivery of personalized medicine no matter where patients are in their cancer journey.

To unlock the power of personalized medicine, stakeholders such as health systems, industry leaders, payers, and policymakers must work together to streamline system workflow processes and empower patients and providers. Discover how health systems can collaborate with industry to continue improving cancer diagnostics and seamlessly integrate these advancements into patient care protocols.



Source: Smith+Nephew
This meta-analysis tracks results across eight studies covering more than 34,711 patients, 19,136 of whom were monitored using the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System.

  • See the huge impact the system made on protocol adherence and incidence of pressure injuries.
  • 1 randomized controlled trial
  • 7 conference abstracts
  • Study results included both clinical and health economic data

The LEAF System combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering:

  • Personalized care for each patient
  • Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
  • Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
  • Automatically generated reports that can be used for root cause analysis

Source: Optum
Health leaders and millions of Americans are feeling the disconnect in healthcare. Now is the time to create a holistic care approach that incorporates all facets of physical, mental, social and prescription health.

This whitepaper uncovers insights and actions leaders can implement to surround individuals with a holistic care ecosystem — one designed to address seen and unseen drivers of health.

Explore how to:

Seize the moment for a holistic approach
Embrace a people-first plan
Connect community and key partners
Connect care in meaningful ways
Align information, resources and incentives

Source: Mobile Heartbeat
Discover what it takes to implement a clinical communication and collaboration solution from project kickoff through installation and going live.

This guide, from Mobile Heartbeat, will take you step-by-step through the finer points of the implementation process so your clinical and operational teams are fully prepared and equipped with the necessary information for a successful deployment.

Guide topics include:

Understand the phases of implementation
How to align goals and objectives for successful implementation
Finding the right clinical communication and collaboration solution to meet your organizations needs

Source: Ambu
Now more than ever, health systems and regulators have had to heighten their focus on infection control and patient safety.

In the last three years, the FDA has released several updated safety recommendations regarding the potential for cross-contamination in endoscopy — first addressing duodenoscopes but now including other endoscopes.

A new, highly anticipated update to standards for reprocessing reusable endoscopic medical devices classifies flexible endoscopes as "high-risk," necessitating sterilization rather than high-level disinfection to rid the scopes of contaminants.

As increased attention is paid to infection control in hospitals, investments in single-use technology have surged. In this new report from Ambu, you will learn how sterile, single-use flexible endoscopes offer hospital systems the opportunity to provide every patient with the safest solution possible for routine, therapeutic, and emergency care.


Source: SCP Health
The emergency department sits at the nexus of hospital-based care and the outpatient world. It serves as a front door for the hospital, providing over 70 percent of all hospital admissions.

From the ED’s unique vantage point, it is clear there is an unaddressed Care Gap costing the U.S. health care system, and all its stakeholders, dearly. Many return ED visits are preventable and involve patients who may struggle to fill new prescriptions or follow a new care plan. A recent analysis of more than 1 million patient encounters at 300 EDs nationwide found that 50 percent of hospitalizations occurred within 7.5 days of an ED discharge.

In this white paper, Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP, FAAFP, enterprise chief medical officer of SCP Health, identifies solutions and enumerates the benefits of narrowing and filling the Care Gap, including:

Improved patient outcomes
Decreased cost and risk
Increased capacity and optimized resources
Better performance in value-based models

Source: Cardinal Drapes

With surgical site infections (SSIs) accounting for about 20% of HAIs1, it is vital to prophylactically use products that can help prevent SSIs. In this article, we’ll explore:

The prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)
Why infections occur
Current trends in infection prevention
Iodophor vs. chlorohexidine gluconate (CHG) use cases

Source: PointClickCare
Healthcare's workforce shortage crisis is poised to worsen. Early this year, USA Today reported that one in four healthcare workers are likely to leave the field in the near future. This is occurring in an industry where excessive workloads and burnout have become commonplace.

In healthcare, the stakes are high. Workforce shortages can translate into poor outcomes patients and intense psychological duress for nurses. Unless health system leaders find better ways to support clinicians, employee dissatisfaction, patient length of stay and the risk of missed care will increase. Leaders must pull all available strategic levers to help address these challenges. Technology can help.

This whitepaper examines strategies and tools to help mitigate the harm of critical staffing shortages. Key learnings include:

  • 4 ways to decrease length of stay and address the staffing crisis
  • How a seven-hospital health system reduced emergency department visits for high-utilizers by 20 percent
  • How to reduce the workloads of bedside providers

Source: Illumina
Many healthcare organizations name population health as top priority, yet few are leveraging sufficient data on health determinants needed to advance it.

Without a whole-person approach, population health will never reach its full potential of better targeting health interventions and preventing care episodes in the first place. A panel of senior healthcare executives recently convened to discuss how their organizations are considering the whole-person and opportunities to advance population health and equity goals.

This brief whitepaper presents three key takeaways from their discussion.

Key learning points:

How organizations are going beyond claims data to enhance preventive care
Improving risk stratification to address social determinants of health
Role for genomics in population health beyond cancer centers

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.

Source: Cardinal
Ensure your team is protected with the right PPE today.

There are many myths surrounding personal protective equipment (PPE) today. Work with trusted experts who have the industry knowledge to help keep your staff protected at every step of the way.

Download the infographic to discover the answers to important questions including:

  • When is PPE required in my facility?
  • Is one piece of PPE all that is needed?
  • Where can I get the PPE I need?

Source: Smith+Nephew
Staffing challenges mean it’s increasingly difficult to maintain on-time patient turning and prevent pressure injuries. Fortunately, the latest guidelines detail recommended prevention protocols and promote new technology that can remind staff of turning times.

In this paper, see:

Highlights of the guidelines in an easy-to-read format.
A comparison between auditory cueing and wireless patient monitoring technology.
A case study showing how wireless patient monitoring improved efficiency for nursing staff and significantly reduced HAPI incidence in a 145-bed general hospital.

The first patient monitoring system designed to aid pressure injury prevention protocols is the LEAF◊ Patient Monitoring System, which combines wearable patient sensors with a user interface, offering:

Personalized care for each patient
Digital turn reminders (in room and at the nurses’ station)
Confirmation that patient turns have sufficiently offloaded pressure
Automatically generated reports

Source: Accureg
KSB Hospital took a hard look at their patient access department and realized that the status quo had to go. Read this case study to learn how KSB prevented $800,000 per month in denied charges, saving the organization $20 million in revenue.

Using AccuReg EngageCare Provider for automated quality assurance, real-time eligibility and benefits verification, and price estimation and payments, KSB did the following:

  • Reduced denials from 21 percent to 7 percent
  • Prevented an average of $800,000 per month in denied charges—a savings of $20 million in revenue
  • Improved first-pass initial accuracy rates from 63 percent to 95 percent and final accuracy from 80 percent to 99 percent
  • Reduced staff turnover from 42 percent to 25 percent

Source: Vizient
Hospital leaders are reimagining traditional care models to maintain quality while mitigating a mounting workforce shortage. According to a recent Vizient study, remote monitoring programs are a trending solution for many hospitals, particularly in the form of virtual inpatient nursing.

Virtual nursing poses a variety of benefits for both clinicians and patients. This paper provides analysis and first-hand insight from prominent hospital systems that have successfully implemented this model. While these programs currently take place in an inpatient setting, opportunity exists to expand to outpatient and eventually home care as well, as research indicates sites of care will continue to shift toward these settings into the future.

This clinical whitepaper covers:

Survey results identify current and future trends in reimagining care delivery
The rise of the virtual nurse and how two hospitals implemented it differently
Shifts in site of care with growth in outpatient and hospital at home
Leveraging technology to reimagine who delivers care and how they deliver it

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.

Source: Quantum Health
Patients finally feel comfortable resuming routine healthcare. That's the good news. The bad news is clinicians already burnt out from the mental and physical stress of the COVID-19 pandemic are now up against more waves of patients being diagnosed with cancers and other conditions that could have been found and treated earlier had it not been for pandemic-related disruptions.

Download this report to learn more about the impacts of delayed care and how healthcare navigation can help.

Key learning points:

  • Timing matters — preventative care is critical to employees to maintain wellbeing and catch any underlying conditions early on
  • The effects care delays have on both patients and clinicians
  • Real-world examples of how healthcare navigation mitigates the effects of delayed care for patients.

Source: DrFirst
If your hospital pharmacy staff is like most, they probably make numerous phone calls to local pharmacies and providers to reconcile patient medication histories. Then, once they gather the information, they need to enter it manually into the patient record.

MedHxSM, an AI-powered solution, allows pharmacists and other clinicians to spend more time providing care and less time manually gathering, entering and confirming medications.

Read the case study to see how Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health is using MedHxSM to:

  • Gather data from 120 local and independent pharmacies
  • Achieve a medication reconciliation "hit rate" of more than 93 percent
  • Reduce the need for phone calls and manual entry

Source: Change Healthcare
Healthcare is riddled with costly inefficiencies, and laboratory utilization is no exception. This analysis of more than 3.4 million tests ordered between September and November 2021 found nearly 8 percent were deemed inappropriate. Before healthcare organizations can address inefficient laboratory utilization, they must first identify where it's most likely to occur and what improvements will have the greatest impact.

This report examines ~3.4 million provider ordering transactions to offer healthcare leaders a unique glimpse into laboratory utilization trends and opportunities to decrease clinically inappropriate laboratory ordering and unnecessary spend:

  • Review ordering trends that are the driving sources of inappropriate laboratory utilization
  • Understand the effect of inappropriate ordering on the laboratory's financial health
  • Learn how to identify large financial and clinical wins across the spectrum of testing from genetics to daily labs.

Source: TRIMEDX
Administrative burdens, heavier workloads, and stress from labor shortages are all driving pandemic burnout, turnover, and declining job satisfaction for both clinical and administrative staff.

These challenges threaten hospital finances, the patient experience, and quality of care. However, an often overlooked factor that plays a crucial role in ensuring success in each of these areas is the effective management of medical devices. This white paper outlines five approaches to medical device management that can positively impact patient safety and clinician satisfaction.

You will learn:

  • How the effective management of medical devices can improve nurse satisfaction
  • Innovative technologies that are easing administrative burdens and improving efficiency
  • The consequences of non-clinical staff shortages, and recruiting and retention strategies to combat them

Source: Provation
Before a major health system overhauled its preadmission testing process, its PAT Department was functioning like an H&P clinic — minimal personalization, significant administrative burdens, and decreasing revenue.

Click here to find out how NorthStar Anesthesia transformed the health system's preoperative processes and improved patient experience, from the leading physician anesthesiologist’s perspective.

You will learn:

  • Why implementing modern preoperative processes can save time and money
  • How to tailor the preadmission testing process to the procedures performed
  • How an efficient preadmission testing process can improve collaboration and communication

Source: Accelerate Diagnostics
Bloodstream infections are a significant cause of sepsis, which costs the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $62 billion annually.

Quick and effective antibiotic therapy in patients with sepsis can reduce the risk of death 8 percent per hour. Achieving both timely and optimal therapy hinges on a single variable — the speed at which organism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing is produced by the clinical microbiology laboratory.

This whitepaper outlines how five health systems improved antibiotic stewardship metrics for patients with bloodstream infections and decreased length of stay by one day using rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing.

Source: CallMiner
There have been tectonic shifts in recent years that have already changed healthcare and the patient experience forever. These changes are forcing providers, payers and collectors to change the way they engage with patients at every physical and virtual touchpoint.

In this whitepaper, you'll learn about six key trends in patient experience, as well as how data that is already housed within your organization can be used to enhance patients' experiences, improve quality scores and increase revenue.

Download the whitepaper to learn more about the following trends:

  • Growing consumerism
  • Rising competition
  • Reimbursement becoming tied to patient experience
  • Declining reimbursement and increasing denials
  • Hospitals carrying significant bad debt
  • Centralized communication

Source: TeamHealth
When a system scorecard highlighted weaknesses within the hospitalist and specialty departments of a 500-plus bed Kansas medical center, it signaled a need for change. TeamHealth worked hand-in-hand with the facility to create and implement targeted strategies to stabilize performance metrics and improve overall quality of care.

Download this white paper and learn how to sustain successful hospital medicine programs. Discover:

  • Improving quality of care through enhanced team culture and collaboration.
  • Boosting key metrics including pre-discharge follow-up and sepsis compliance, while reducing barriers to care such as high length of stay.
  • Creating facility-wide improvements through purposeful partnerships with hospital leadership and other specialty clinical departments.

Source: AMA
Understanding residents and fellows' experiences with work-life balance and wellness is of profound importance, especially amid the pandemic, as medical training can be a peak time for distress among physicians. This knowledge is vital to creating a positive residency experience that helps physicians prioritize work-life balance objectives throughout their career.

National findings from the American Medical Association's recent survey of more than 1,000 residents illustrates the key stressors of today's residents and fellows. Download the summary report to learn more about these insights and discover organizational well-being resources available through the AMA Health System Program.

Key learnings:

  • Do care teams feel valued by their organization?
  • How is workload, work pace and EHR stress affecting residents?
  • How is burnout affected by other residency experiences, like sleep and peer support?
  • What organizational resources are available for improved resident well-being?

Source: Disinfection Done Right
Healthcare-associated infections have a negative impact on patients, economic performance, and community image.

Tactically deploying newer cleaning technology that supplements established methods, can assist in the task of keeping an ultra clean healthcare facility.

Download the whitepaper to learn how Disinfection Done Right (DDR) helps implement a clever adjunctive method that is safe, requires little-to-no down time, minimal human involvement, and relatively minimal investment for air and surface pathogen reduction in hospitals, surgery centers, nursing homes, and medical offices.

Source: ECRI
As healthcare organizations place renewed focus on strengthening safety practices, ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2022 Special Report is a must-read. The report identifies imminent patient safety challenges experts believe deserve the greatest focus this year, and offers systems-based approaches to eliminate these risks.

Metrics tracking healthcare-associated infections and other forms of patient harm indicate multiple patient safety measures have significantly deteriorated amid the pandemic.

Key learning points:

  • How persistent issues, such as staffing shortages and clinical staff behavioral health, can affect patient safety
  • How bias and racism can undermine perceptions, behaviors, and outcomes related to safety
  • How pandemic-related challenges affect care, including issues such as supply chain disruptions, products subject to emergency use authorization, and operationalizing telehealth
  • Recommendations for systems-based approaches to eliminate risks and achieve total systems safety

Source: DrFirst
South Shore Hospital prioritized efforts within its emergency department to reduce costly adverse drug events and potential readmissions that commonly occur in patients admitted through the ED.

This whitepaper explains how the ED improved the processes and tools used to gather a patient’s medication history to address these major sources of organizational pain.

Download the whitepaper to learn about:

  • Avoiding medication errors
  • Preventing adverse drug events
  • Reducing hospital readmissions
  • Staff satisfaction with technology

Source: CareCredit
Health systems' dual focuses of providing patient-centric care and achieving financial sustainability can create tension within an organization. At times, billing and revenue cycle goals can be at odds with healthcare organizations' commitment to provide patient-centric care and remove financial barriers to access. Health systems must find a way to balance these priorities, while meeting patients' expectations for convenience.

During a session at the Becker's Hospital Review 9th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable in November, Pat Basu, MD, president and CEO of Boca Raton, Fla.-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Alberto Casellas, executive vice president and CEO of CareCredit, shared observations about current financial challenges in healthcare and the importance of making the patient payment experience more modern, frictionless and user friendly.

Key learnings:

  • What patients want from the healthcare payment experience
  • Key payment challenges for health systems
  • How Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers flexible and convenient financing options for patients

Source: Gozio Health
Mobile and digital strategy is critical to delivering outstanding patient care and driving revenue, but healthcare technology is plagued by inadequate digital apps that offer a limited scope. Hospital mobile apps often fail, but Gozio Health CEO Joshua Titus has strategies to reverse this trend.

Download this white paper and learn:

  • The urgency to offer highly engaging digital experiences
  • Where patient engagement falls short
  • The key to successful mobile strategy

Source: MDVIP
When it comes to primary care, health systems are in a challenging place. Patients won’t tolerate waiting weeks or even days for an appointment, and many are taking money from their health savings account or other sources to pay providers outside the health system network. At the same time, physician burnout is a bigger concern than ever, and filling open positions at healthcare organizations has become challenging.

This white paper outlines patients' and physicians' biggest pain points in primary care — based on a recent survey from MDVIP — and how health systems can address them through innovative primary care models.

Key learnings:

  • What patients value most in a primary care experience
  • Primary care physicians' top obstacles
  • How health systems can better address their community's needs with patient-centered primary care solutions

Source: Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health understands that clinicians in all settings are facing extraordinary challenges in the safe provision of care.

Increased patient loads combined with clinician burnout and severe supply chain disruption can erode your culture of safety for routine procedures, such as injections.

The Cardinal Health Monoject Sharps Safety product division, in collaboration with Becker’s, have created an eBook depository of articles to raise awareness and provide actionable insights to enhance the culture of safety within your facility during the pandemic, despite ongoing labor shortages and vaccination administration.

Cardinal Health strives to be an industry leader and trusted partner committed to proactively delivering education and awareness as it relates to promoting a culture of safety.

Source: Vida
Diabetes and depression are rising in tandem, and a diagnosis of one will substantially increase a person's likelihood of developing the other. This paper defines the problems healthcare organizations face regarding diabetes care. It also provides clinically validated reasons why treating mind and body together within one seamless experience can help improve outcomes, drive down costs and sustain member engagement. 

Download this whitepaper to discover: 

  • The four challenges facing payers in delivering diabetes care
  • How Integrating mental and physical health can save 16-28 percent of all costs
  • How patient-centered care increases member engagement and satisfaction

Source: NAPA
Enhanced recovery after surgery programs have promoted patient safety and faster post-surgical recovery across specialties, but due to the complexities of heart and vascular care, such programs for cardiac care have been unsuccessful — until now.

North American Partners in Anesthesia worked with Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health to develop the nation's first ERAS cardiac program. In one year, the groundbreaking protocol has increased patient and surgeon satisfaction and saved the hospital nearly $2 million. Superior clinical outcomes achieved with the program also earned WakeMed Heart & Vascular the number one ranking in CMS' national outcomes listing for heart bypass surgery, and designation as the first U.S. ERAS Cardiac Center of Excellence.

This case study describes how NAPA's anesthesia leadership at WakeMed drove the clinical research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and education that inspired 100 percent participation by the medical staff and more.

Key learning points:

  • How WakeMed’s cardiac ERAS program reduced patients’ ICU and hospital length of stay, opioid use, GI complications, reintubation rates, and ICU readmission rates
  • How outstanding clinical outcomes increased patient and surgeon satisfaction, and produced operational efficiencies that contributed to better financial performance, including fewer patient-bed days, increased case volume, and an approximately $5 million reduction in cardiothoracic ICU insurance payments
  • How NAPA’s anesthesia-driven, value-based approach promotes safer patient care and a stronger hospital balance sheet.

Source: Constellation
Harm events can be a devastating and heart-wrenching experience for physicians and care team members. In many situations, healthcare teams may be able to mitigate unintended painful consequences by reporting harm events earlier.

This report offers insights on the clinical and financial benefits of early reporting, based on an analysis of more than 31,000 national malpractice claims.

Dive into the data to learn:

  • Why reporting harm early is so important
  • How early reporting influences both expenses and the life cycle of a case
  • The elements of a successful communication and resolution program
  • How to foster a workplace culture that promotes reporting

Source: Nuance
Missing secondary diagnoses can hurt patient outcomes and lead to costly readmissions. However, requiring staff to read over every patient's chart for any additional diagnoses can contribute to burnout. Workflow-integrated, artificial intelligence-driven computer-assisted physician documentation systems help clinicians document and code all secondary diagnoses while still focusing on the primary clinical problem, enhancing documentation integrity and reducing readmissions and costs.

Read how AI-driven CAPD solutions helped healthcare organizations, including Ardent Health Services and Halifax Health:

  • Analyze relevant notes to identify undocumented diagnoses and comorbidities, and document them to withstand audit scrutiny
  • Reduce severity of illness score by 41 percent and risk of mortality score by 49 percent
  • Reduce retrospective severity queries to physicians by 63 percent

Source: Arcadia Solutions
Research indicates as many as 1 in 10 people experience lingering symptoms for weeks or months after their initial COVID-19 infection. And with the pandemic still raging, the number of people who may go on to become long COVID-19 patients could have significant implications for public health.

Arcadia worked with the COVID-19 Patient Recovery Alliance to analyze a massive real-world data set to identify potential drivers of the wide range of symptoms that make up long COVID-19.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • How vaccination affects the likelihood and severity of long COVID-19
  • How to use data sets to understand complex interactions and drive hypothesis creation that supports clinical research
  • Recommendations for further investigation and policy work

Source: ServiceNow
Healthcare providers are striving to deliver better experiences, all while dealing with a variety of interconnected pressures. But to quickly adapt to the changing world around them while delivering excellent experiences, providers must face challenges—and digital solutions—in a more holistic way.

Find out how ServiceNow® can help provide the connectivity and flexibility providers need to improve patient experiences from end-to-end, work efficiently, and securely leverage data to create value.

Source: IMO
A host of factors contribute to the growing problem of clinician burnout. And while some of them — such as long hours and the inherent stress of the profession — are beyond the scope of a technological solution, others are perfect candidates for health IT interventions.

Although it might seem counterintuitive to solve technology struggles with more technology, sometimes it’s exactly the right fix. For example, tools that can help organize the problem list or make it easier to find pertinent patient information can enhance the EHR and decrease the amount of time spent clicking around in search of the right data.

So, what are some solutions that can help? Download IMO's latest eBook, "An unlikely remedy: How technology can alleviate the clinician HIT burden" to learn more.

Key learnings:

  • How to effectively leverage the right IT solutions to lessen clinical burden
  • The internal and external stressors contributing to clinical burden, and how to minimize them in meaningful ways

Source: Press Ganey Associates
The digital behaviors that gained momentum in recent years have been hard-coded into the patient journey. In the wake of COVID-19 and with 2022 on the horizon, healthcare organizations must commit to a digital- and consumer-focused strategy to shape the patient experience.

In September 2021, Press Ganey surveyed 1,000+ consumers to unlock insights into how they approach their journey to care. The findings provide a roadmap for accelerating digital transformation in 2022 and converting more care seekers into happy, loyal patients.

Source: Virginia Mason Institute
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed bright light on numerous challenges in healthcare — from reducing the burden of strained medical staff to increasing patient access and health equity. Sustainable solutions to these challenges require operational changes to how people work combined with cultural changes to how organizations embody their values.

See how organizations across the United States and United Kingdom have used this approach to achieve measurable results and fuel a commitment to improvement that never stops. Highlights include:

  • Defeating burnout with a culture of respect.
  • Reducing wait times and optimizing technology by analyzing what truly adds value for patients.
  • Improving equity by consistently weighing the social dimensions of policies, programs and services.

Source: PerfectServe
Nurses are at the heart of clinical communication yet are often left with disconnected or outdated communication solutions. Empower nurses with next generation solutions that connect them with providers, nurses and patients in one location to reduce communication errors, improve care team coordination and reduce their workloads.

In this white paper, you’ll learn how to:

  • Improve speed to care by reducing time needed to manage communication
  • Instantly receive critical results, code alerts or patient communications
  • Embed into the EMR, integrate with nurse call or alarm middleware

Develop a strategy for getting shared devices to nurses and equip them with the tools needed for today’s healthcare organizations.

Source: Lumeon
Only 14% of healthcare organizations are currently operating close to elective surgical capacity. The urgent need to recover patient volumes sits in stark contrast to a staffing crisis, making digital tools and automation a productivity must-have.

With insight from more than 85 surgery leaders, this report takes a fresh look at perioperative leadership challenges, opportunities and priorities, including how to support a return to sustainable surgery volumes.

Key learning points:

  • How to benchmark surgical productivity
  • Identify the most impactful areas for improvement
  • Why digital preoperative readiness is essential

Source: PointClickCare
Readmissions are a significant challenge with a high price tag — amounting to over $26 billion annually for Medicare patients alone.

Many factors contribute to readmissions, but a common thread among them is the increasing complexity of healthcare. Providers are taking on additional patients. At the same time, documentation requirements are growing, as is the need to interact with more systems and tools. The average health system has multiple different EHR systems in place across their network.

The result is cumbersome data integration and access, which creates care coordination challenges.

Many readmissions occur when patients move between care settings. Given the fragmented healthcare landscape, information can fall through the cracks, leading to suboptimal care transitions that put patients at risk.

But readmissions can be reduced by using the right care coordination tools that enable real-time data sharing and care collaboration.

The solution lies in the adoption of technology and processes that help providers at the point of care make safe and appropriate treatment decisions while providing meaningful insights to care managers monitoring patients across the continuum.

Source: HC1
Precision health has the potential to dramatically transform healthcare delivery, offering lower risk, better outcomes and more efficient, less wasteful, care. However, precision health at scale is still largely a vision.

During the 2021 Precision Health Virtual Summit, a diverse group of thought leaders from health systems, providers, payers, employers, universities and start-ups reflected on the core lessons they've learned on their journey to precision health. Organizations represented at the summit included Cleveland Clinic, Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and Danbury, Conn.-based Nuvance Health.

Download this eBook to learn:

  • How to move past barriers to precision diagnostics adoption
  • Approaches to leverage pharmacogenomics expertise
  • How Precision Health Insight Networks are helping healthcare organizations bring precision health to scale.

Source: Smith Nephew LEAF
Most U.S. hospitals rely on clinician education, auditing and chart reviews rather than real-time, patient-generated data to remind staff to turn patients in order to prevent hospital acquired pressure injuries. However, these methods have proven ineffective.

Halting HAPIs in American hospitals demands attention. Recent reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicate that the incidence of many hospital-acquired conditions is falling. However, pressure injuries rates continue to rise despite being a top priority for health systems.

A recent survey conducted by Frost and Sullivan was designed to better understand the persistent rise of pressure injuries and examine potential solutions to the problem.

This report is based on those survey findings and in-depth interviews with 20 healthcare professionals.

Source: Wolters Kluwer
Hospital financial performance and clinical outcomes are frequently compromised by unwarranted variation in care, which accounts for at least 25 percent (and possibly up to 65 percent) of costs. Care variations come from diverse sources, but the net result is increasing waste in healthcare spending and decreasing quality of care and outcomes.

Unwarranted variation can lead to inefficiencies, adverse events, increased lengths of stay, and higher mortality rates. Basically, all quality indicators are affected.

How you approach unwarranted variability can either help or hinder your efforts to improve patient care, rein in costs and thrive in this highly demanding healthcare environment. We examine decision points along the care continuum where unwarranted variability is most likely to happen and recommend actions you can take to drive sustainable and effective care.

Source: PointClickCare
Most health plans define success as delivering member-centered, high-quality care, while reducing costs. These are excellent goals, but payers can't achieve them in isolation.

Collaboration is essential and critical care insights frequently come from outside the payer organization. Healthcare is delivered across a wide continuum of nodes, ranging from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers, federally qualified health centers, home health providers, skilled nursing facilities, and more. To drive optimal clinical outcomes across the complete continuum of care, stakeholders need access to real-time information sharing, as well as easy-to-use in-workflow care collaboration tools.
Collective Medical believes shared success comes from those collaboration tools used in combination with data and technology sharing. 

This whitepaper will cover:
  • The importance of a partnership perspective
  • Using care insights to drive success
  • Collaboration and care insights in the real world
  • How clinical collaboration groups improve stakeholder engagement across the care continuum

Source: Glytec
CMS is adding two new electronic clinical quality measures for severe hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia to the Hospital Inpatient Quality-Reporting Program, and healthcare organizations must start collecting data on these measures in 2023.

This move is making it clear that severe hypoglycemia related to insulin should be a never event that hospitals must actively work towards that goal by prioritizing the optimal treatment and management of severe hyperglycemia.

These measures will create the incentive for hospitals to prioritize glycemic management, which can be difficult without the proper support and technology. There are challenges to achieving optimal glycemic management, but it’s a must-have given that it benefits patients' safety and helps reduce costs for individuals, hospitals and the public.

In this whitepaper, you will:

  • Learn the typical driving factors of poor glycemic management in the hospital.
  • Understand the correlation between uncontrolled blood glucose and increased length of stay, cost of care and readmission rates.
  • See real results from real hospitals that are using an eGlycemic Management System to reliably and consistently reduce the incidence of hypoglycemic and hyperglycemia in your healthcare system.

Source: Optum
Each healthcare leader has a role in the solution. We need to work together to evaluate our cultures, practices, products, and services to identify root causes of inequity, design the interventions and support services that improve health outcomes for everyone and improve levels of inclusivity, diversity, and health equity.


This new C-suite toolkit includes role specific, actionable guides with steps to help CEO’s, CFO’s, and CMO’s better understand the strategic, financial, and clinical implications of implementing health equity initiatives including:

  • Defining your workforce equity goals
  • Building equity into your leadership plan
  • Ensuring equitable care across a diverse set of patients
  • Making equity a part of your purpose and mission
  • Building the business case to support resource allocations
  • Addressing root causes of inequity in the broader community
  • Enabling a diverse, inclusive workforce
  • Activating your community relationships

Source: Elsevier
Clinicians' careers are defined by dozens of moments each day that determine patient outcomes. As medical knowledge continues to expand and care becomes more complex, how are your clinicians keeping up with the latest evidence-based practices?

In this guide, discover how to empower your clinical staff to:

  • Diagnose and treat patients efficiently and effectively
  • Enhance patient outcomes
  • Develop advanced critical thinking skills

Source: Change Healthcare
In the fall of 2018, Carle Health began working with Change Healthcare to focus on low-value testing. The health system implemented CareSelect® Lab, a clinical decision support (CDS) tool that integrates with leading EHRs to provide point-of-order guidance on the appropriateness of every unique lab, pathology, and genetic test order in real time. In the first 30 days after rolling out a non-interruptive intervention, Carle Health saw significant reductions in targeted orders.

Learn how Carle Health and Change Healthcare:

  • built a lab stewardship program that relies on CareSelect® Lab to address lab overutilization and low-value testing
  • gained access to an aggregated view of its data to decide which undesirable ordering behaviors to target—and where and how to target them
  • leveraged evidence-based guidelines authored by Mayo Clinic and provider communication to significantly reduce inappropriate ordering

Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia
Chronic opioid use is the most common post-surgical complication — a poor long-term outcome that affects one in every 16 patients in the U.S. after surgery. Besides harming individuals and communities, excessive opioid prescriptions can also affect hospitals' profitability.

While multimodal pain programs attempt to reduce opioids, their “one size fits all” approach is inefficient for physicians and may cause sentinel events or adverse side effects that prolong a patient’s recovery.

This case study describes how a new inpatient pain management protocol using pre-defined patient risk categories yields meaningful clinical, operational, and financial
results.

Key learning points:

  • Why traditional multimodal pain programs that attempt to reduce opioids are inefficient
  • The benefits of an updated inpatient pain management approach that relies on pre-defined patient risk categories
  • How leveraging anesthesia expertise in this new approach to perioperative pain management saves time for busy hospitalists while improving patient safety and satisfaction

Source: Honeywell
There’s no question that the Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to take a hard look at our supply chain strategies. While demand for critical PPE surged, supply dwindled and the global supply chain crumbled. We’ve learned it’s essential for organizations to take proactive steps to diversify their supply chain and mitigate the risk of potential disruptions.

Now, it's essential for organizations to take protective steps to diversify their PPE supply chain and mitigate the risk of potential disruptions in the future.

In this white paper, you will learn:

  • How the pandemic exposed PPE supply chain issues
  • The importance of diversifying suppliers to increase resiliency
  • Key considerations in selecting a PPE supplier

Source: Salesforce
In order to deliver effective, individualized treatment, providers need to start with a comprehensive 360-degree view of every patient, which includes clinical and nonclinical data, along with relevant social determinants of health.

Download this e-book to see how you can:

  • Connect care teams and proactively reach patients at home
  • Empower every employee to address patient needs efficiently
  • Personalize patient engagement using data insights  

Source: Philips
Clinical confidence can lead to better, more predictable outcomes by getting diagnoses right the first time, ensuring timely treatments, and enhancing patient management across care settings. Now more than ever, health systems must deploy technologies that streamline workflow and relieve clinicians of growing and unnecessary burdens.

Clinical confidence may be the antidote to clinical burnout. The team at Philips aims to design technologies that increase clinical confidence by providing correct and complete information, as well as support caregiver collaboration.

Download our clinical confidence guide to:

  • Bolster clinical confidence by focusing on purposeful innovation.
  • Address the five leading factors that contribute to clinical burnout.
  • Improve patient care, using lessons from other health systems that have leveraged technology.

Source: Roche Diagnostics
NAVIFY® Tumor Board demonstrated positive impacts in the preparation and conduction of a tumor board during a multiyear study with the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at Missouri Healthcare.

Data was collected prospectively before the use of NAVIFY® Tumor Board (phase 1) through stable integration with the platform (phase 4). Data was collected across the breast, GI, hematopathology and ENT tumor boards looking at the following user groups across the institution: nurse navigators, pathology residents, radiologists and geneticists.

In this whitepaper you’ll learn:

  • Positive impacts that NAVIFY® Tumor Board had on case preparation, case discussion time and case postponement rates at the test site
  • Potential operational benefits seen at test site, including additional cases discussed and working days saved

Source: Cardinal
The number of outpatient surgeries has grown dramatically over the last 40 years and with this ongoing shift, patients recovering at home run the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious complication of surgery.

However, mechanical prophylaxis, including intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC), can mitigate the risk for patients recovering at home.

Key learning points:

  • Implications of the shift from inpatient to outpatient procedures and more patients heading home sooner
  • Opportunities to implement at-home compression therapy for VTE risk reduction 

Source: Cardinal
In the past year, the shift in the delivery of patient care from hospitals to other settings has accelerated — a trend that healthcare executives expect to continue.

To better understand what this shift means for healthcare supply chains, Becker's and Cardinal Health surveyed 100 C-suite and supply chain leaders from health systems nationwide in the first quarter of 2021. This research report outlines five key takeaways that emerged from leaders' responses. 

Source: PatientBond
The healthcare system is mobilizing to promote and manage distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Consumer demand for the vaccine is high; however, not everyone is receptive to a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Read this whitepaper to learn:

  • Who is most (and least) likely to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Why healthcare consumers might avoid a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • How psychographic segmentation can facilitate uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: PointClickCare
The Integrated Care Coordination Readiness Report is a first-of-its kind analysis, providing useful insights on data from more than 140,000 post-acute episodes, across 15,000 skilled nursing facilities and 4,000 hospitals to reveal opportunities for health systems to strengthen organizational outcomes, improve patient management and reshape their post-acute network relationships.

Source: AMN Healthcare
Easy-to-use technology enables providers to simply be providers.

By augmenting patient care with technology services, healthcare providers can focus on treating their patients and rely on outside experts to provide reliable communication assistance and cultural brokerage.

Here are key takeaways from this report:

  • When it comes to treating LEP, Deaf and HoH patients, providers need a fast, easy-to-use solution to effectively communicate.
  • Just as providers are committed to effectively treating patients, medical interpreters are committed to facilitating meaningful understanding between healthcare providers and patients from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • The use of professional language services has been proven to improve the LEP patient experience and reduce the likelihood of readmissions.

Source: Optum
COVID-19 has made dramatic changes to care delivery and cross-industry partnerships. It has exposed the human and financial costs of the nation’s health inequities, forcing shifts to virtual health care delivery, flexible staffing models and more in-home care.

But many questions remain. In this report, Optum surveyed more than 161 health care leaders from health plans, providers and life sciences and asked:

  • Where are we making progress?
  • What challenges still exist?
  • Which areas do you prioritize for investment?

Source: SCP Health
To make 2021 a year of recovery for clinicians, healthcare leaders must have a deep understanding of the resources and support tools needed to help providers do their jobs while making their own wellness a priority. This e-book features 10 must-read articles on what healthcare workers want their leaders to know, strategies for addressing burnout and ways to safeguard clinician well-being amid a crisis.

Source: Suki AI
There’s a phenomenon called “AI-washing,” in which it is purported that a tool is powered by artificial intelligence when it is actually heavily reliant on humans for its capabilities.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn:

  • Key AI technologies used by clinical digital assistants and what is technically possible today
  • Five stages clinical assistants must go through to evolve
  • Technical milestones needed to ultimately achieve a truly ambient clinical digital assistant

Source: ServiceNow
After months of shutdowns and quarantines, we can now take steps toward a healthier tomorrow. Finally, the vaccines are ready, and we all need to be too.

Find out how ServiceNow can orchestrate vaccine management, connecting workflows from distribution to monitoring, and help meet one of the most significant challenges of our lifetime.

Source: NATHO

As our country’s healthcare labor shortage looms, the need to ensure the safety of residents of all states has never been more acute.

Download this white paper to learn more about:

  • The impacts of the current nursing shortage
  • How a national license could improve healthcare
  • Implementing a national model

Health Information Technology
Source: Fabric Health
Virtual care has exploded in recent years, but not all delivery models hold equal value. As healthcare leaders weigh options that drive efficiency, provider well-being, cost savings, care access and patient satisfaction, it's critical they consider key differences in synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine.

This research-based guide demonstrates how embracing hybrid care and asynchronous telehealth can help to solve healthcare's greatest challenges — like provider burnout, delayed/avoided care, health equity and more — and outlines important use cases.

Download to access:

  • The basics on asynchronous virtual care and how it reduces clinician burnout and administrative burden
  • Opportunities for improving patient experience and acquisition, downstream revenue and greater access for rural and non-English-speaking populations
  • The largest case study on this care modality from the COVID-19 pandemic


Source: Teladoc Health
As health systems grapple with staff burnout, capacity issues and rising costs, telehealth is quickly becoming the standard for supporting care delivery and transformation efforts. Leading hospitals and health systems are embracing tools that break down technology silos, reduce fragmentation and address digital literacy of the constituents they serve. In fact, 91% of health system leaders now report having a telehealth program in place — a 6-percentage-point jump from last year — and 71% report expanding their offerings.

This whitepaper uses responses from recent a survey of healthcare CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, virtual care leaders and other decision-makers to detail three valuable insights on the current state of telehealth and how organizations can maximize results from their offerings.

You will learn:
How other health systems are using telehealth to overcome today's challenges
Where telehealth is headed in the future
How to overcome obstacles like user adoption, payer alignment and technology infrastructure

Source: UiPath
In an industry hungry for greater efficiency, automation has become table stakes in healthcare. Leaders are refining and deepening their automation strategies as more opportunities and applications for this technology arise.

In this white paper, you'll learn four key components — which emerged from a roundtable discussion with hospital and health system CEOs and CFOs — to drive sustainable improvements with automation and ensure return on investment.

Download for more insights on:

  • Trends in automation investments and complexity
  • Opportunities for improvements in clinical quality, productivity + revenue integrity
  • Four critical components of an effective automation strategy

Source: Nuance  
Persistent workforce shortages, high-acuity caseloads and ever-increasing requirements are taking nurses farther and farther away from patient care. To help unburden nurses and keep them at the bedside, its crucial health systems reimagine care delivery and clinical workflows.

In this white paper, top clinical leaders from Salt Lake City, UT-based Intermountain Health and Durham, NC-based Duke University Health System share how their systems are embracing new technologies to support nurses while improving operational efficiencies and the patient experience. 

Key learnings: 

  • Why systems are increasingly investing in technology that aids nurses
  • How AI technology can support multiple aspects of nurses' jobs and roles
  • Key considerations for thoughtful technology implementations

 

Source: TRIMEDX  
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are opening exciting new horizons in health care. Health systems that take advantage of these technologies can improve the availability of clinical resources for patient care, optimize efficiency across their organizations, and even combat safety and security risks. Yet any new technology comes with significant risks in such a crucial industry where functioning tools are a matter of life and death. Our white paper looks at some of the most promising opportunities for enhancements to clinical operations with AI as well as how health systems can apply strong governance to avoid the pitfalls that can plague early adopters of evolving high-tech tools.

  Learning points:  
  • One of the most promising potential applications is streamlining important, but time-consuming, administrative responsibilities of health care workers. Health systems can benefit their staff and patients by focusing on AI adoption that enables clinicians and technicians to focus more time and energy on activities with the greatest impact on direct patient care.
  • One of the top priorities evaluating the role AI in health care is scalability. With technology tools that effectively handle large volumes of data, health systems can increase efficiency for rapidly expanding areas of responsibility, such as tracking and managing large medical device inventories.
  • The rapidly evolving capabilities of AI and growing number of software products emphasize the need for strong process governance, especially in fields such as clinical engineering which already engage with complex, critical technologies. 

 

Source: Zoom
Now more than ever, patients expect simple, streamlined interactions with their providers. Whether it's the digital front door, a contact center or hospital room, leveled-up digital experiences across the care journey are now table stakes.

In this white paper, you'll learn how hospitals and health systems are leveraging a single technology platform to enhance patients' care experiences across all settings, as well as save costs, reduce burden and drive innovation.

See how this approach enables:

  • Value across each step of the patient journey, from at home care to the patient room
  • Improved daily workflows with apps and integrations
  • Innovation with new technologies like artificial intelligence and more

Source: LeanTaaS
In a healthcare environment where staffing shortages and financial pressures are commonplace, healthcare leaders are seeking new ways to optimize resources, unlock value and improve access to care.

With technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, over 1,000 hospitals and centers have discovered that it's possible to know what's coming and align healthcare assets with staff and patient demand. The result is increased efficiency, improved provider satisfaction, reduced labor costs and fewer delays in patient care. These were the major themes that came to the surface during two recent virtual summits: Transform Hospital Operations and Transform Infusion Center Operations, hosted by Becker's Healthcare and sponsored by LeanTaaS.

This recap examines the key learnings from these five virtual summit sessions:

  • Increase ROI Through AI: Unlocking Scarce Capacity and Staffing
  • Make AI Work for the Workforce: Empowering Staff and Systems to Thrive
  • Optimizing OR Flow: How Data-Driven Insights Help Anesthesia Groups and Hospitals Work Smarter, Together Featuring UCHealth
  • Transforming Performance: Uniting AI, Automation and Change Management Featuring Baptist Health Jacksonville
  • Resilience in Action: Infusion Centers as Catalysts for Innovation, Featuring Duke Health

Source: PerfectServe
From clinician and patient frustration to care quality risks, disjointed communication and scheduling systems underlie numerous issues in healthcare today.

Healthcare organizations are now ramping up efforts to consolidate scheduling and communication functions by reducing their vendor footprint. The result? Lower IT burden, lower costs and better clinical outcomes.

See why hospitals are turning to a single platform to make scheduling, communication, and patient care workflows easier. This paper covers:

  • The key roadblocks organizations face when it comes to communication and technology
  • How 1 standardized platform enhances clinical collaboration, scheduling and patient engagement
  • Navigating seamless integration

Source: Doximity
Unpredictable weather events and technology outages can disrupt care at crucial moments. Health systems with well-developed disaster management plans and solid communication strategies can seamlessly prevent missed visits by leveraging an easy-to-use, scalable telehealth platform.

Preparation efforts paid off for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. The system saw an 187% increase in telemedicine activity after a severe weather event impacted local patients and providers. Through proactive communications, UAMS shifted all in-person patient visits to virtual, resulting in zero missed appointments during the period of severe weather.

Download this case study to learn:

  • The role telemedicine plays in safeguarding health systems when disruptions happen
  • The importance of proactive planning and communications in disaster management
  • What capabilities and features providers should look for in telehealth tools

Source: RapidAI
Organizations have ramped up their investments in AI over the past few years to alleviate the burden of staffing shortages and inefficient workflows. But with countless solutions promising to improve patient care, clinician experience, and workflow collaboration, it can be hard for healthcare execs to cut through the clutter and identify tools capable of making an impact on clinical, operational, and financial initiatives.

This white paper covers key insights from a recent advisory call where AI and health system leaders discussed the most important factors that must be considered when applying AI-powered tools to different areas of healthcare.  

Learning points: 

  • Healthcare organizations are adopting AI to improve clinical and operational workstreams
  • The set of key criteria organizations should keep in mind when evaluating potential AI partners
  • C-suite leaders' thoughts on painting tools that will make real improvements

Source: Clear Arch  

As 30% of rural hospitals in the U.S. face the risk of closing their doors, it has become increasingly challenging to deliver quality, patient-centric care to these communities. However, technology like telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) — combined with innovative care models — are leading some hospitals to achieve increased patient engagement, better adherence to care plans and improved medication management. 

In this white paper, you'll learn how RPM, when implemented as part of a value-based care (VBC) approach, can effectively address obstacles to care and social determinants of health (SDoH).

Download to learn more about:
 
  • The opportunities RPM and VBC offer federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), rural health centers (RHCs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs)
  • The range of benefits (health, social, financial, organizational) that are possible for care providers and patients through the use of RPM and VBC models
  • What healthcare policymakers and providers can do to promote wider adoption of telehealth and RPM services to better care for patients beyond in-person care settings

 

Source: TeamDynamix  

Demands on IT service desks in healthcare have grown immensely over the last five years. They're supporting higher volumes of applications, a constant stream of new technologies and myriad new devices that require IT maintenance. At the same time, the resources, headcount and budget provided to IT are constricting.

To better understand the challenges facing IT leaders, as well as the most promising solutions for addressing them, Becker’s Healthcare took a look at how the role of automation in optimizing IT operations and how, with the right platform, the benefits of IT service management (ITSM) modernization can span the enterprise.

Read this short report to learn:

  • The types of solutions CIOs should look for to address IT challenges and alleviate resource strain
  • Best practices to determine where AI has the most potential to transform operations and optimize efficiency
  • How IT teams can leverage conversational AI to reduce service request burden

Source: LeanTaaS  
 Hospitals commonly grapple with an array of operational challenges that significantly impact overall efficiency and staff satisfaction. Poor block utilization leads to underutilized operating rooms, inefficient resource allocation, and difficulty accommodating large surgical volumes. Staffing challenges remain a persistent issue as it becomes challenging to align personnel with fluctuating demand. Surgeon dissatisfaction may arise from scheduling conflicts and a lack of trust in data.

Health systems such as CommonSpirit and Novant Health are now tapping into predictive & prescriptive machine learning analytics to address these challenges. Using a new data-driven and strategic approach, these organizations are able to enhance block utilization, streamline scheduling processes, optimize resources like staff and robots, and accommodate varying surgical volumes to improve overall perioperative performance.

Download this case study booklet to learn how 100 health systems from across the country are using this strategy to optimize OR performance and achieve the following results:

  • Perform 30-50 more cases per year
  • Increase block utilization by up to 20%
  • Increase robot utilization by 45%
  • Increase case volume by 10% or more without opening additional rooms
  • Generate 5-20x ROI based on contribution margin

Source: Orion Health
This white paper explores recent innovations in data management and artificial intelligence that are driving an evolution toward new frameworks of care delivery, such as value-based care. It explains the indispensable need for a health-specific trusted platform to harmonize disparate sources, and the potential of AI in managing and utilizing information for insights.

It also demonstrates how adaptable data systems can support VBC by facilitating the delivery of higher-quality care, while mitigating the burden of soaring healthcare costs.

Key takeaways:

  • Recent innovations in health data management are driving the evolution towards emerging models and frameworks for healthcare integration and delivery
  • How AI can optimize and future-proof data by enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of healthcare processes
  • The importance of choosing a trusted health-specific platform that focuses on data unification

Source: Altera Digital Health
For all the workforce, finance and operation challenges hospitals and health systems are facing, community hospitals are feeling them two-fold. IT systems and processes are key to addressing issues like staffing and efficiency, but community hospitals must carefully consider value and how they're distributing resources.

In this white paper, you'll learn how information and technology executives at El Segundo, Calif.-based Pipeline Health — an independent network of community hospitals — revamped the health system's IT department to better support the workforce.

You'll learn more about Pipeline's approach to:

  • Getting value out of IT investments without compromising performance, amid rising costs
  • Pulling cross-departmental teams together to problem-solve
  • Empowering IT teams by bringing in clinical experience, support + a customer service mindset

Source: Optum
Nearly 30% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2021, but less than half received treatment. These vast, unmet needs in mental and behavioral health have a "ripple effect" on the well-being of individuals and communities at large. Healthcare leaders are facing a pivotal moment: the chance to build new resources, teams and systems to move from crisis to prevention.

In this white paper, you'll learn how to overcome common barriers in this area of care with strategies to lead, collaborate and invest in a new, proactive approach that better supports current mental health needs. 

Download to gain a deeper understanding of: 

  • Cost of the mental health crisis in all areas of society
  • Importance of aligning financial incentives
  • Required investments for a new experience
  • How healthcare stakeholders can take new action

Source: Amazon
Healthcare leaders are facing increasing challenges, and things are only getting more complex with an ever-changing industry landscape. While patient demand for care is high, providers struggle to keep up amid staffing shortages, high labor costs, and administrative burdens. Many systems are turning to technology to streamline processes and reduce costs. Additionally, cybersecurity is at the top of the list of healthcare leaders' competing priorities. 

It's not viable or realistic for healthcare organizations to tackle today's complex problems alone. This whitepaper report breaks down some of the top concerns from healthcare leaders today and details how the right partner can improve outcomes through greater access to person-centered care and reduce costs by accelerating the digitization and utilization of healthcare data.

You'll learn:  

  • The top four issues healthcare leaders are focusing on right now
  • Strategies and outcomes from leading healthcare organizations
  • What to look for in a strategic technology partner

Source: Notable
Traditional digital front door investments have not met expectations.

Patients are still frustrated with roadblocks to accessing care, and staff are doing more data entry and other manual repetitive tasks than ever before.

Digital transformation was supposed to bring healthcare into the modern age, but the industry is still burdened by processes like clipboards, faxes, and never-ending manual work queues.

But, there’s a shift happening - thanks to AI and automation. This guide covers: 

  • Key indicators of an ineffective digital front door.
  • Proven strategies from top healthcare organizations for an efficient, AI-powered digital front door that benefits patients and staff.
  • How conversational AI is revolutionizing patient navigation in healthcare.

Source: EXL Service
More accurate diagnoses, predicting health risks and highly tailored treatment plans. Today's patients expect all of this, but to truly move the needle on personalized care, healthcare organizations need to get serious about harnessing the right data.

This whitepaper explores 5 key industry trends driving the shift to more personalized care, how companies can respond, and the role technology plays in that response. It covers what it will take for the industry to make good on its promises to deliver better outcomes and more cost-effective care, and the steps individual companies can take today to accelerate progress on personalized care.

Learning points:

  • 5 key trends amplifying the importance of patient-centric care
  • How healthcare companies can respond to deliver the experience patients expect and improved outcomes
  • How integrating technology and data-driven insights is revolutionizing the patient-provider relationship and setting the course for the future of healthcare

Source: TeleVox 
It’s widely agreed that generative artificial intelligence (AI) has the power to transform many industries, including healthcare. But how exactly this transformation will unfold remains unclear. As health systems look to capitalize on this new technology, leaders must evaluate what pressing business challenges they need to address and whether the technology can truly help solve those challenges.

  In its current iteration, there are three components of healthcare that can immediately be improved by the integration of generative AI. These are:  
  • Patient Experience: Generative AI can be used to create personalized and conversational experiences for patients. This includes answering questions, booking appointments, and providing care guidance.
  • Care Team Efficiency: With generative AI at their side, health providers can automate tasks such as note-taking and patient outreach, freeing up care teams to focus on more important tasks.
  • Care Guidance: Generative AI can be used to provide patients with personalized care guidance, such as medication reminders and disease management tips

This report examines how to overcome barriers to technology integration and realize the promise of generative AI sooner rather than later.

Source: Roche
Tumor board conferences play a crucial role in the comprehensive management of cancer patients. Yet, without the support of a digital platform, multidisciplinary teams can face challenges in communication, collaboration and decision-making, potentially resulting in care delays, errors and diminished outcomes.

This report explores how healthcare organizations can adopt new technology to improve tumor board workflows, optimize care decisions and prevent treatment delays. 

Learning points: 

  • Best practices for the successful implementation and use of digital tumor board solutions
  • Key benefits of the solutions based on real-world implementations

Source: Philips 
Atrial fibrillation patients discharged from an emergency department have a 2.7 times greater risk of stroke, death or AF re-presentation within a year1. To improve outcomes, some hospitals are leveraging connected cardiac ambulatory monitoring, which also streamlines ED workflows and shifts care to more suitable, cost-effective settings. 

In this paper, you’ll learn how this monitoring technology leads to improved care coordination, more efficient patient workflows and throughput, reduced care costs and better patient outcomes for AF and stroke. 

1. Wei M, Do D, Tang P, et al. Optimal disposition for atrial fibrillation patients presenting to the emergency departments. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;71(11):A509. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(18)31050-7

Source: JLL
Facilities management is integral to the overall success of healthcare organizations, but many leaders are sleeping on a key opportunity to help these teams reach their full potential. 

Most facilities management teams at mid-sized or large healthcare organizations rely on various technologies to mitigate risk and boost facility performance. But despite the advantages these technologies deliver, it's impossible for facilities management professionals to fully excel without intensive training.

Wherever your organization is on its technology journey, take steps to achieve a better return on investment from your facilities management technology. Download the guide for key considerations on optimizing your technology to: 

  • Achieve facilities compliance, maintain accreditation and reduce risk
  • Boost performance and reduce costs
  • Enhance the employee experience

Source: Huron
As hospitals and health systems lean into technology innovation, many are striving for the "digital first" badge. But creating a culture where agility, transparency and innovation are woven into organizations' DNA is far from simple. 

In this paper, you'll learn four takeaways from an exclusive discussion with hospital and health system leaders, where they candidly shared how they're navigating challenges and lessons learned at various stages of digital transformation. 

  Key points:  
  • Components of a true digital mindset
  • The foundation hospitals + health systems need to meaningfully innovate
  • The role of technology in access-to-care disparities
  • Opportunities in patient engagement

Source: DXC
Technology-driven innovation is a common goal among healthcare leaders. Most want to see their organizations embrace innovation, nurture it and benefit from it.

A persistent challenge that has emerged for leaders, however, is change management — and whether they have the required expertise to allow the capabilities and culture of innovation to take root and spread broadly across clinical, revenue cycle and other operations.

In an executive roundtable at Becker's Health IT + Digital Health + RCM Meeting, Daryle Abrahams, a change effectiveness consultant and leader at DXC Technology, moderated a discussion with three healthcare technology leaders: 

  • Edward Kim, MD, physician-in-chief and senior vice president, City of Hope Orange County (Irvine, Calif.)
  • Marty Sheetz, vice president, business implementation and operations, Delta Dental
  • Paul Williams, associate vice president, infrastructure technology, Penn Medicine (Philadelphia) 
The panelists discussed how hospitals and health systems can successfully implement new technologies, as well as the strategies and capabilities organizations need to overcome internal resistance, support user adoption and upskill and empower their staff.

In this white paper, you'll learn: 
  • Why behavioral change is often necessary to drive user adoption of new technologies
  • Why technology-driven initiatives face multiple challenges, both old and new
  • How intrapreneurship can spur innovation

Source: Notable
From unfilled positions to fewer write-offs and denials, this longitudinal study examines the effect of automation over two years at North Kansas City and Meritas Health. 

Today, the system has implemented digital scheduling, automated registration and intake, automated care gap outreach, and more, with far-ranging effects across patient and staff experience, as well as financial and care outcomes.

This whitepaper: 

  • Reveals how performance metrics changed over the course of two years
  • Details how frontline workers and clinic managers have responded to the new technology
  • Shares the real, human impact of AI and automation on care outcomes

Source: LeanTaaS
Continuing financial difficulties have made it more crucial for hospitals to improve their resource management and bolster their workforce to manage costs without compromising the quality of care or patient access.

The operating room is a powerful place to begin on this journey, as ORs can generate up to 70% of a hospital's revenue and up to 40% of its expenses. The potential to drive further revenue in the OR through increased case volume, while optimizing resources and staff, is enormous.

This whitepaper offers healthcare leaders a roadmap to identify OR inefficiencies and address them using a "magic equation" of artificial intelligence, automation and change management. The roadmap also includes case studies from Baptist Health Jacksonville (Fla.) and The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City.

Key learnings:

  • 10 ways to identify OR inefficiencies
  • Best practices for using AI, automation and change management in the OR
  • Real-world results from Baptist Health Jacksonville and The University of Kansas Health System

Source: Community Hospital Corporation
As healthcare undergoes a digital transformation, rural and community hospitals with limited resources must embrace new digital strategies and tools to enhance their clinical and financial performance. But that's easier said than done for community hospital CEOs with limited budgets.

The challenge requires community hospital leaders to ensure they're adopting technology solutions that are strategic, cost effective and efficient.

This whitepaper offers a roadmap for IT infrastructure investment to help leaders identify and implement solutions that will support their organizations' clinical, business and security needs.

Key learnings:

  • How to evaluate evaluate potential IT investments
  • The business case for replacing legacy systems and other outdated IT solutions
  • 7 steps to a successful IT transformation

Source: BOK Financial  
The prevalence of healthcare cyberattacks is rapidly growing, posing significant threats to health systems and patients alike. 

Healthcare organizations experienced 1,426 cyberattacks per week in 2022, a 60 percent jump from the year prior, according to data from Check Point Research. As of July, the average cost of a healthcare data breach was $10.9 million — the highest of any industry, a separate report from IBM Security found.  
This whitepaper offers a state of the union on healthcare cyberattacks in 2023, examining their rising prevalence and how health systems can work to prevent them.

Key learnings:

 
  • The prevalence of healthcare cyberattacks
  • 5 ways to protect against cyberattacks
  • The role of cyber insurance 

 

Source: Mastercard
The healthcare industry loses an estimated $430 billion annually to increasingly complex fraud, waste and abuse. Only 10 to 15 percent is ever recovered.

With artificial intelligence, anomalous billings can be flagged or auto-denied, enabling investigators to focus on high-value, complex cases.

What if you could continuously monitor provider behavior and risk levels, manage daily billing fraud risk in real time and access pre‐pay analytics to identify FWA before claims are paid? AI for healthcare fraud detection can do all this and more.

Read this e-book to learn:

  • How AI optimizes workflows by triaging good, bad and suspicious claims
  • Why higher detection rates and fewer false positives helps teams focus on more complex FWA schemes, resulting in substantial savings
  • How models are continuously trained, evolving with schemes as they arise

Source: VirtuSense  
Traditional nurse staffing models aren't going to cut it amid today's healthcare labor crisis. Faced with significant staff shortages and high turnover rates, many healthcare leaders are adopting creative approaches to streamline nursing workflows.

This white paper explores how hospitals can use automation to reduce stress on nurses, while also improving patient experience and outcomes. See how a blended nursing strategy using bedside nurses, virtual nurses and documentation automation can increase team members' efficiency, reduce procedural errors, and give patients more facetime with caregivers. 

Learn how this approach can:

 
  • Shrink length of stay by 90 minutes
  • Cut patient sitting hours by 48 percent
  • Reduce patient falls by 60 percent 

 

Source: Zoom
There's a consensus among healthcare leaders: Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve patient outcomes and experiences, as well as reduce the cost of care delivery. But when it comes to the pace of deploying this technology and concerns of bias, privacy and effects on patients — confidence levels and viewpoints become mixed. 

In this e-book, you'll see key takeaways from a survey of more than 190 clinical, administrative and IT leaders on their current approaches to AI and perspectives on what this technology means for the future of healthcare. 

Read more to learn: 

•  How leaders believe AI can help achieve strategic objectives
•  The current state of this tech at organizations surveyed
•  Privacy, security and ethical concerns + pathways forward

Source: Altera
Though hospitals, health systems and payers have diverse population health strategies, they all have one thing in common — major barriers to accessing high-quality, cohesive data that fuels these initiatives and desired outcomes.

In this white paper, you'll learn key insights from a roundtable discussion with Intermountain Health (Salt Lake City) and Inland Empire Health Plan (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), where technology, nursing and medical leaders shared how they're tackling data issues, where they're seeing successes in addressing social determinants of health and what they recommend to other organizations striving to do the same.

Key learning points:

  • Challenges in gathering essential SDoH data
  • Benefits of real-time data feeds and reports
  • Key elements of a successful population health program and building community trust

Source: Optum 
The nation is facing high demand for mental health services, but there's no one-size-fits-all approach to solving today's challenges. 

Despite the high demand for behavioral healthcare services, many face barriers care. To make real change, it's essential to identify and reduce the root causes of mental health inequity and expand access to meet the mental health needs of every individual.

This mental health series for healthcare executives explores how to close the information gaps in mental and behavioral health data, uncover and conquer the root causes of mental health disparities, and evolve to meet an ever-rising mental health demand.

You'll learn: 

  • 4 steps to assess and improve the quality of your mental health data
  • 7 tips for improving health equity and care access 
  • How to guide your organization through adapting to new strategies and customizing the mental health experience to fit each unique individual

Source: Teladoc
Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest health systems in New Jersey, has a telestroke program that operates 24/7/365. This program has allowed Hackensack Meridian to improve its stroke response times and treatment rates, ensuring that patients receive the highest standards of care and minimize the potential long-term effects of a stroke.

The program is a model for how virtual care can be used to improve stroke care. This approach has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for stroke patients.

In this whitepaper, healthcare leaders will learn:

  • How the organization implemented a 24/7/365 telestroke program.
  • How the program has allowed Hackensack Meridian to improve its stroke response times and treatment rates.
  • How the program provides a more coordinated and efficient approach to stroke care, which can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Source: TRIMEDX  
Healthcare systems are undergoing significant transformations as they strive to optimize their operations while delivering high-quality patient care. Strategic decisions at the executive level impact both the operational efficiency and financial security of the organization and most importantly, patient safety. One key aspect that can significantly influence executive decision-making is data-driven clinical asset management. By connecting executive leadership teams with actionable data from their organizations' medical device inventories, health systems can enable strategic capital planning and resource allocation decisions that drive positive outcomes.
 
Learning statements:

 
  • Learn about the challenges impacting health system executive decision-making.
  • Explore five steps that health systems can take to better inform stronger executive decision-making.
  • Review how health systems can achieve better organizational outcomes by formalizing visibility and standardized processes in their clinical asset management strategy. 


By harnessing the power of actionable data, health system executives can navigate the challenges of today's healthcare landscape with confidence, drive positive organizational outcomes, and usher in a new era of excellence in patient care and operational performance.

 

Source: AMN Healthcare
About 20 percent of people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home. That equates to almost 9 percent of patients who will encounter some type of language barrier when seeking medical care.

That has major implications for healthcare organizations. Patients with language barriers experience reduced quality outcomes — including 1.5 days longer length of stay and 9.4 percent higher readmission rates than English-speaking patients.

This report explains the value of a robust language access program that goes beyond simple compliance and delivers real financial value for the business and better outcomes for the patients.

This short report will cover:

  • Improving reliability
  • Reducing costs
  • Increasing revenue

Source: SURE Retractors  
Surgical site infections continue to plague hospitals and health systems. While the industry has made strides in infection control practices — including sterilization methods — SSIs remain a significant cause of morbidity, prolonged or repeat hospitalization and patient deaths. As a result, some healthcare leaders are closely examining or reassessing their organizations' instrument sterilization practices and opportunities for innovation here. 

In this research-based white paper, you'll learn: 

  • The current state of instrument sterilization quality + deficiencies at most hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers
  • Why the design of reusable surgical instruments makes it challenging to reliably clean them
  • Recommended paths forward, including transitioning to single-use, sterile, pre-packaged instruments

Source: Surgical Site Infection (cdc.gov)

 

Source: Biofourmis
Remote care programs are gaining steam as hospitals and health systems strive to improve care quality, deliver better patient experiences and reduce costs. Deploying such initiatives, however, comes with challenges. 

This e-book highlights insights from the Becker's Healthcare-Biofourmis leadership survey on the current state of the home-based care paradigm, as well as Augusta (Ga.) University Health's experience implementing a care-at-home strategy.

You'll learn:  

  • Leaders' target areas for remote care programs
  • Top barriers to adopting these initiatives
  • How Augusta University Health approached operational barriers + is seeing reduced length of stay and readmissions

Source: Notable
Today, only 6% of health system executives have an established generative AI strategy according to a recent survey by Bain & Company.

But that’s going to change, rapidly.

If you’ve heard the generative AI hype, but aren’t sure where to get started, or if you’re on the fence about the real-world implications of LLMs, this is the resource for you.

Discover:

  • How advanced AI technologies are being deployed by health systems to personalize the patient experience at scale
  • The right use cases for implementing these technologies in support of the existing healthcare infrastructure and teams
  • Practical applications for generative AI and large language models in healthcare

Source: AWS
Medical imaging experienced profound advancements in the 19th and 20th century. Beginning with the advent of the X-ray in 1895 and continuing through the emergence of ultrasound technologies, tomography techniques such as CT and PET scans, and capping off with the invention of the MRI in 1977.

In the 21st century, medical imaging is again experiencing a leap forward. New imaging technologies will allow for more detailed pictures of patients’ tissues and organs — perhaps even at the cellular level.

Technologies powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning also have the potential to detect health issues, such as stroke or heart attack, sooner. Machine learning can also support physicians with real-time feedback as they review images.

Collectively, these solutions could improve speed to diagnosis and treatment which would ultimately improve patient outcomes.

Maintaining, growing and securing on premises data storage presents major challenges for hospitals and health systems in such an environment.

Enter the cloud.

Source: T-Mobile
As remote care and artificial intelligence become key strategic areas for hospitals and health systems hoping to drive efficiency and better patient outcomes, a host of considerations have emerged — from appropriate application of technology to governance and ethics. Before implementing AI-driven tools especially, some leaders are conducting a proactive first step: ensuring network connectivity for safe, secure and reliable use of budding technology.

In this white paper, you'll access insights and best practices from mobile technology experts and leadership at Driscoll Children's Hospital (Corpus Christi, Texas) on smart tactics for deploying AI in healthcare to ensure it delivers accurate information and value.

You'll also learn:

  • The many pain points in healthcare that AI can address — if deployed thoughtfully
  • Two areas leaders should assess before implementing
  • New tech, as well as essential regulatory and oversight concerns
  • How to ensure your organization's network will support AI traffic + the role of 5G

Source: LeanTaaS
Technology in healthcare is advancing at a rapid clip. Still, many hospitals and health systems continue to equip their teams with archaic tools — like the dreaded spreadsheet — to carry out scheduling, patient assignments and other critical day-to-day tasks. Not only does this approach jeopardize accuracy, efficiency and patient care, it also wears down current staff.

These issues coupled with workforce gaps demand that hospitals and health systems use technology now to more effectively manage staff and reduce administrative burden. In this research- and case study-backed paper, you'll see how systems like Baptist Health (Jacksonville, Fla.), Health First (Rockledge, Fla.) and Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland have embraced this method and realized better clinical outcomes.

Download to learn:

  • How artificial intelligence and predictive analytics can activate the workforce, support inpatient staffing and help organizations prepare for lingering shortages
  • Benefits of technology applied to infusion centers and operating rooms
  • Key steps and results from systems like Baptist, which saw 40 percent reduced call volume after using electronic case scheduling at their largest hospital

Source: Philips
The Clinical Surveillance Maturity Model is a framework that aims to reduce unnecessary medical alarms and identify critical patient conditions early.

The model shows how healthcare monitoring is advancing from basic alarms to more sophisticated "smart alerts." These smart alerts utilize high-fidelity, live streaming medical devices data and consider critical patient information like demographics and test results to provide more useful warnings.

The Clinical Surveillance Maturity Model's ultimate goal is to help improve patient safety and outcomes by aligning alerts with evidence based clinical practice guidelines and using advanced technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence for better and more precise monitoring.

Key learnings:  

  • How the Clinical Surveillance Maturity Model tracks the progression from basic medical device alarms to more advanced, context-rich smart alerts in health systems.
  • What it takes to develop and adopt smart alerts
  • Why clinical trust in the smart rules is crucial for successful adoption.

Source: Biofourmis
The U.S. spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country, yet care is still relatively inaccessible, unaffordable and inequitable for many people.

Healthcare leaders are increasingly leveraging remote patient management programs to improve access, affordability, and equity for patients. The evidence demonstrates these programs can achieve these goals while also improving clinical outcomes and lowering the cost of delivering care. Technology is obviously a critical enabler for this care model. But staffing, logistics, supply chain, patient selection, and other “non-tech” considerations remain a challenge and cannot necessarily be solved with wearables or artificial intelligence. This whitepaper outlines six strategies hospitals can take to overcome such obstacles and realize the value of a remote patient management program.

Whitepaper key takeaways:

  • Going beyond the tech to focus on the importance of in-home care coordination
  • Patient selection as an important part of scaling up care an RPM program
  • How to generate clinically actionable insights instead of data
  • Considering access and care equity as an objective

Source: AWS Marketplace
In many cases, addressing the most pressing, stubborn challenges in healthcare today has become synonymous with digital transformation. While technology is evolving quickly and holds promise for driving efficiency, better patient outcomes and smoother operations, leaders are confronting a host of implementation issues like budget constraints and too few staff — which can mitigate or halt transformation efforts altogether.

Becker's Healthcare and AWS Marketplace collaboratively surveyed 115 healthcare leaders on their organizations' journeys to better technology offerings and capabilities, as well as where key barriers and opportunities lie.

Download to learn:

  • The top three areas where leaders are hoping to make the biggest impact via digital innovation
  • Planned investments in enterprise applications over the next year and beyond — and what this trend indicates
  • Progress, challenges and outlook on artificial intelligence

Source: LeanTaaS
If health systems want to expand access to care, leaders must think outside the box amid ongoing economic and operational challenges.

In this vein, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and other technologies are showing promise. To successfully transform their organizations, however, healthcare leaders must also identify the right sources of data, get key stakeholders excited about the possibilities and identify projects that will deliver quick wins. This white paper explores how systems such as CommonSpirit Health and Intermountain Health are doing just that.

Key learnings:

  • How leading systems are reimagining hospital operations with AI
  • Three key elements for a successful capacity management improvement effort
  • The future of capacity management

Source: Nuance
The enduring workforce crisis has forced hospitals and health systems to embrace technologies that have significant potential to improve staff well-being, workflows, and care delivery. Healthcare organizations are challenging the status quo by employing innovative technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the clinician experience.

  In this eBook, leading experts share insights on tackling the challenges of clinician burnout and resource limitations through the implementation of technology, automation, and standardization. Learn how AI integration in workflows enhances decision-making, improves patient outcomes, and boosts employee satisfaction. Uncover the power of ambient intelligence in reducing administrative burdens for providers, as well as the potential of generative AI in streamlining documentation and enhancing patient engagement. Find out how to accelerate technology adoption and build a brighter future for healthcare.

Key Learning Points: 
  • Explore how technology, automation, and standardization can alleviate clinician burnout and resource constraints in healthcare organizations
  • Why patients are an "underutilized resource in healthcare" and how digital processes fit in here
  • Best practices for accelerating adoption of new technology, for organizations of any size
  • Discover the impact of ambient intelligence in reducing administrative burdens and how generative AI optimizes the clinician experience, transforming healthcare delivery

Source: Oracle Health  
Reducing health disparities is on most leaders' strategic agendas — but too often, competing day-to-day priorities and the complexity of this issue can leave organizations' progress stalled. To build momentum here, many are adopting creative, collaborative pathways. 

This white paper features insights from an exclusive discussion with hospital and health system leaders on their respective journeys to achieving health equity via community partnerships, data and technology.

Read more to learn:

  • Why organizations should strive to advance health equity and health justice
  • How an equity lens should be applied to the use of technology in healthcare delivery
  • The data and interventions some hospitals + health systems are using, such as local partnerships and patient advisory councils, to narrow health disparities

Source: Doximity
The crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the U.S. healthcare ecosystem. But with it came the promise of remote care and the swift adoption of telemedicine.

Telemedicine allows patients to receive medical advice, diagnosis, disease management and treatment from the comfort of their homes. With 88 percent of surveyed physicians believing telemedicine increases patient access to healthcare, it is clear why it has been pushed to the forefront of care delivery.

This report examines the continued adoption of telemedicine, its applications across various specialties and healthcare services, and its effects on physician well-being, patient access and continuity of care.

  • Three of the many questions that will be answered in this report:
  • Which specialties are most likely to use telemedicine and why?
  • How often do physicians use telemedicine in their practices?
  • How has telemedicine affected patients' adherence to treatment plans?

Source: ClearDATA
Most providers believe their cloud infrastructure is secure, but research shows they are significantly unprepared and overconfident. Many still have a long way to go to effectively protect against increasing cyberthreats.

This white paper shares findings from a survey of over 200 IT, security and compliance leaders in the healthcare industry. 

Learning points:

  • Truths about healthcare providers' cloud cybersecurity hygiene and investments, revealing an industry that is significantly unprepared and overconfident
  • Top barriers to cloud adoption for healthcare providers who prioritize cybersecurity
  • Proactive steps taken by healthcare providers to increase cybersecurity budgets, protect patient outcomes and remain compliant with evolving regulations

Source: TigerConnect
Communication breakdowns are a leading contributor to sentinel events. And while efficient, HIPAA-compliant communication is a critical part of clinical workflows, many clinicians still rely on phone calls and email to coordinate patient care — and are unaware of the extent to which their current methods negatively affect efficiency and patient outcomes.

In this e-book, you'll learn key findings from the Becker's-TigerConnect 2023 medical and nursing leadership survey, which captured perspectives from more than 100 clinical leaders on the current state of clinical communications and how communication tools impact day-to-day clinical workflows.

You'll learn:

  • How traditional communication tools in the clinical workflow, like email and phone calls, are tolerated by nearly 40 percent of survey respondents — and why this is an issue
  • The unrealized need for processes that analyze efficiency of clinical workflows + the recommended measures for tracking improvements
  • What hospitals and health systems can do to streamline communications and improve patient outcomes

Source: Zoom
The COVID-19 pandemic institutionalized collaborative technology in hospitals and health systems, as it quickly became a staple — out of necessity — for telehealth and clinical meetings. But other areas of healthcare, like biotech, drug and medical device companies, have realized equally compelling benefits of the same technology.

In this Zoom white paper, you'll learn how collaborative platforms are increasingly supporting clinical and business operations at life sciences organizations, including how one pharmaceutical company is seeing success in staff engagement and physician education.

Read more to discover how this technology:

Enables organizations to fast-track vaccine and drug development
Addresses some of the biggest challenges that life sciences organizations face, like connectivity, data sharing, clinical trials and staffing
Promotes innovation and go-to-market, and advances research

 

Source: RingCentral
In healthcare, collaborative communication is critical for success. Members of a care coordination team must work together closely to ensure positive patient outcomes while staying compliant with HIPAA regulations. Using noncompliant channels for communication between care teams can result in heavy fines and damage a provider's reputation.

However, HIPAA isn't static, and maintaining compliance requires staying up to date with changes in the law, which creates an additional burden for providers who should be focusing on patient care.

A secure cloud communications platform is key to fostering collaborative communication between providers without fear of violating HIPAA. Download the white paper to learn how to:

  • Connect care teams and patients on-site or via telehealth
  • Reduce costs through better collaboration with payers
  • Keep patient data secure and care team communication HIPAA-compliant

Source: Nuance
The era of AI is here, and the potential of this technology to address stubborn, industrywide issues is becoming increasingly clear. 

This white paper details a conversation with a group of healthcare leaders about their approach to AI, the benefits they're seeing in leveraging technology and what they think other leaders should consider before implementation.  

You'll read about:

  • Why investing in technology — despite budget challenges — is important
  • The AI frameworks and capabilities that are still missing across the industry
  • How some technologies are unburdening staff and enhancing patient care

Source: T-Mobile  
Telehealth and other technology integrations have proven to be more than a pandemic fad — they are here to stay. 

Healthcare organizations today are reimagining their digital strategy to better support the increased demand for telehealth, and ensure it is accessible to as many patients as possible. 

As healthcare technology continues to advance rapidly, it is crucial to stay up to date with the latest telehealth and technology integrations while still maintaining patient privacy and information security. 

Key learnings: 

 
  • Why future iterations of telehealth technologies must be simplified 
  • How an increased demand for telehealth caused organizations to reassess their digital strategies
  • The importance of a laser-sharp focus on data security and compliance 
  • Technologies that can propel the patient journey forward 

 

Source: Medecision
Social determinants of health account for most of the modifiable contributors to healthy outcomes. But hospitals, health systems and health plans haven't had the tools or technology to effectively close the loop on SDOH-related challenges — until now.

Technology advancements are enabling the healthcare industry to sooner identify and break SDOH-related barriers to care, quickly connect individuals to appropriate resources and optimize engagement to ensure individuals receive the support they need.

This report outlines the many benefits of implementing tech-enabled SDOH interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency department use and costs.

Read more to learn how to: 

  • Proactively identify SDOH risk factors and connect individuals with appropriate resources sooner.
  • Get a more complete picture of an individual's health by leveraging integrated, tech-first tools.
  • Track referral status in real-time to close the loop on SDOH referrals and measure the impact of your efforts.

Source: Notable
In 2023, the vast majority of appointments are still booked by telephone. This isn’t what patients want. It’s also labor-intensive and incredibly inefficient.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s now a proven playbook for moving beyond the call center to something far better for patients and providers.

This whitepaper:  

  • Examines findings from a nationwide survey of patient access leaders on scheduling 
  • Unpacks the differences between what providers provide and what patients want
  • Details how two health systems have increased appointments, slashed staff time spent on scheduling, and improved patient satisfaction through intelligent automation 

Source: West Monroe
Too often, new technologies are deployed too rapidly across clinical and administrative workflows. When this happens, the entire purpose of the technology's potential is defeated and employees are left more frustrated than they were in the first place. 

Most technologies in healthcare aim to make things easier for workers and patients, and lower costs. But it's up to organizations to take a thoughtful implementation approach in order to realize these benefits. 

Read takeaways from a workshop at the Becker's Hospital Review 13th Annual Meeting where two experts shared how organizations can approach tech investments in a manner that will actually alleviate pressures, not add to them. 

Learning points:  

  • Avoid haphazard tech implementation
  • Engage clinicians in the tech investment + implementation processes 
  • Define and tracking success metrics 

Source: Notable Health
With healthcare accounting for 30% of the world's data volume, unlocking its potential has been a long-standing goal for many health systems. With the evolution of technology, this is no longer a distant dream - it's a reality.

This whitepaper explores how leading health systems are leveraging intelligent automation, large language models (LLMs), and generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) technologies to finally realize the potential of patient data.

Discover how:

  • One health system reduced no-shows by 8%, leading to $2M in annual cost savings
  • Another health system deployed advanced technology to deliver a 50% decrease in eligibility and registration-related denials
  • Yet another health system drove $840K in annual cost savings from a 23% reduction in no-shows and cancellations

Source: Claroty
Internet-connected medical devices can be a boon for patients and healthcare organizations, improving the quality of care while reducing cost and complexity. But they're not designed with cybersecurity in mind, making them especially vulnerable to cyberattacks, which can put patient lives at risk. 

Securing the internet of medical things requires a new strategy and coordinated approach as more devices hit the market and health systems continue to consolidate. 

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • What defines IoMT and how it is shaping the future of healthcare
  • What cybersecurity risks to expect from internet-connected devices
  • Why the IoMT requires a unique approach to security
  • The five steps you can take to implement an effective cybersecurity strategy for the IoMT

Source: EXL Service  

The proof is in the numbers. After implementing cognitive AI solutions and other digital tools to traditional healthcare operations, clinical and non-clinical practices saw a 35% to 40% improvement in health care digital workforce use. What's more, organizations saw 30% to 40% efficiency improvements and 25% cost reduction through handling peak call volumes without additional staffing.

These drastic improvements allow employees to work the way they prefer: In a sensitive, effective nature caring for patients. In this white paper, EXL thought leaders discuss how applying automated, digital solutions to streamline processes, simplify clinical workflows and eliminate manual administrative tasks, companies can improve patient and employee satisfaction at the same time.   More so, you’ll learn how adding digital:  
  • Engages the members most likely to benefit from specific programs.
  • Optimizes clinical resources’ scope of practice.
  • Improves member engagement and health outcomes.
  • Drives down health care costs across populations.

 

Source: Amwell
As adoption of value-based care snowballs, healthcare leaders are eager to invest in digital initiatives that close care gaps — but knowing when, where and how to apply these tools can be the difference between an intervention that drives patient engagement and better outcomes and a one that ignores social determinants of health, staff buy-in and human connection.

This white paper recaps an exclusive discussion between nine healthcare executives from systems like Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables, Fla.) and Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.), who shared their thoughts on the promise of digital and automated care tools for closing care gaps and how-to's for successfully implementing them.

Read more to learn:

  • How staff shortages are impacting care gaps
  • Patient-centric tools that promote preventive care and help manage chronic conditions
  • Common missteps in implementing digital interventions and how to avoid them

Source: Consensus
Unknown data silos can be detrimental to healthcare organizations.

All along the continuum of care, hidden data silos prevent health systems from achieving the goals of interoperability, namely, the ability to put the right information in the right hands at the right time for better care. Without a clear idea of where data silos exist, achieving true data integration is impossible.

The stakes are high: Lack of data interoperability results in inefficient, disconnected care and undermines value-based care and population health. 

Download this white paper to learn how to:

  • Overcome top data sharing and access challenges in health systems
  • Unlock trapped data in healthcare's 9 billion faxed documents sent each year
  • Implement three strategies to eliminate data silos in healthcare


Source: VMware
The benefits of cloud adoption aren't disputed, but many healthcare organizations are still determining which adoption strategies best address their technological, cultural and operational challenges.

During a recent peer-to-peer discussion hosted by Becker's Hospital Review, healthcare information and technology leaders shared their own experiences and common challenges they've faced in adopting cloud strategies. Download the white paper to see their insights on best practices, goals, criteria and metrics for integrating cloud technology.

Learn how to:

  • Make internal cultural shifts to overcome cloud adoption concerns
  • Guide your decisions about implementation and integration strategies
  • Understand the impact your cloud strategy has on care quality

Source: AWS
To reimagine care delivery and meet patients where they are, hospitals and health systems must embrace a strong culture of innovation. This means being customer-obsessed, enabling leaders to make fast, data-driven decisions, and learning to be agile in making those decisions.

During a session at Becker's 10th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable, healthcare leaders from across the country discussed how their organizations are engaging in innovation and lessons they've learned. This report offers a summary of the discussion and features insights from:

Houston Methodist
UC San Diego (Calif.) Health
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Seattle) 

Source: Appian

Most healthcare organizations embrace the idea of using digital technologies to improve the quality of care, enable clinicians and increase efficiency.

However, organizations are often held back in their digital transformation efforts by legacy IT systems and disconnected point solutions.

There's a better way. Healthcare organizations are discovering the transformational benefits of a single application platform that provides a unified, connected view of their data, patients and clinicians.

Download this white paper to learn how innovative healthcare organizations are leveraging this single platform to:
  • Accelerate the speed to adapt to changing care requirements
  • Improve clinician and patient management
  • Dramatically heighten patient satisfaction
  • Achieve seamless governance, risk and compliance management

 

Source: VMware
To understand how healthcare organizations are using cloud technology to deliver smart, efficient, and cost-effective care, Becker’s Hospital Review and VMware brought together a panel of Health IT experts for an advisory call to discuss their experiences and share best
practices.

Download the white paper to learn key takeaways with valuable, first-hand insights on how to
incorporate cloud into healthcare operations in the most effective way.

Key Points:

  • Learn how to control security risks by limiting cloud provider and integrations
  • Create criteria to evaluate cloud hosting providers for your organization’s specific needs
  • Adopt a “why not cloud” approach to assessing cloud investments

Source: RingCentral
During the pandemic, the role of telehealth technology has expanded greatly. According to Becker’s, about 80% of Americans believe that the quality of telehealth could match that of in-person consultations – up from 43% pre-pandemic. Now, emergency medicine could be the next frontier for telehealth to improve timely access to treatment and provide vital follow-up care.

Explore further possible uses for telehealth such as:

  • Field emergency responses connecting unskilled responders to medical help
  • Providing support to smaller hospitals in underserved communities
  • “Tele-triage” to help relieve ER overcrowding and screen patients awaiting treatment

Source: OmniLife Health
Healthcare organizations are wrestling with the ability to deliver high-quality, complex care while dealing with rising labor costs, clinician burnout and staffing shortages.

The growing complexity of care increases the communication and documentation burden on staff. This is why clinical workflow automation is gaining momentum — and why its adoption is expected to double from 2022 to 2024.

In collaboration with Becker's Healthcare, OmniLife Health conducted its inaugural clinical workflow automation benchmark survey, which elicited responses from 99 C-suite, clinical, transplant leaders and other decision-makers about where their organizations stand on implementing this critical technology.

Key learnings:

  • How clinical workflow automation software can help improve efficiency and save staff time
  • How the software can improve revenue capture by providing documentation needed for reimbursement.
  • How healthcare organizations can use the software in a variety of clinical areas

Source: Vizient
Health system margins are shrinking and 50 percent are operating at a loss. To boost revenues and margins, organizations are expanding their ambulatory care footprint. In fact, many health systems are actively looking to develop a portfolio of ambulatory care channels.

While ambulatory care is an important strategic move to expand patient access, increase revenue and improve margins, there are critical challenges to navigate.

This eBook – based on an advisory call of health system leaders from across the country with significant ambulatory care expertise – covers keys to successful ambulatory care expansion, such as:

Why understanding the local market is critical
Prioritizing the patient experience when designing sites of care
Different management skills needed for ASCs vs. inpatient care
The need to focus on ambulatory reimbursement models

As the market rapidly shifts to more ambulatory care, it is essential to understand and act on the keys to ambulatory success.

Source: VirtuSense

In times of tight budgets and staffing challenges, technology such as artificial intelligence empower hospitals to run more sustainably.

AI patient monitoring helps hospitals minimize falls, cut costs and reduce the need for full time employees. Now it's time to bring digital nursing into the acute environment for truly flexible nursing teams.

Explore how AI and other digital care tools are making care more efficient in this white paper.

Key learnings:

  • How digital care tools can reduce average sitter hours
  • How AI patient monitoring can reduce patient falls
  • How digital care tools can decrease fall alert response time

Source: Salesforce
Technology can help reduce costs with automation and increased operational efficiency.

Get ready for next-level growth, productivity, and patient engagement with Health Cloud and Tableau CRM. The solution helped MIMIT get a holistic view of patient data with a single source of truth — and a 459% ROI in less than three months.

According to Nucleus Research, MIMIT Health:

Boosted productivity by 30%
Raised patient engagement
Reduced procedure scheduling from two weeks to two to five days
Cut inventory costs by 15%, or $150,000 a year

Source: Televox
Patient-facing teams are all too familiar with referrals ending in a futile game of phone tag. While seemingly innocuous, not closing the loop means fewer visits, frustrated staff and patients, compromised health outcomes and lost revenue. This has become the unfortunate norm as healthcare trends toward consolidation and health systems that have complex provider networks — which are most prone to referral gaps.

This white paper explores the steps health systems can take to upgrade manual patient engagement to digital processes for closing referral gaps.

Read more to learn about:

  • The inefficiencies in the referral management process + impact on patients and practitioners
  • Opportunities for automation in patient engagement for referrals, like SMS or phone-based notifications, and how health systems can get started implementing these
  • The success Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin realized in using its EHR-embedded patient engagement platform to create a closed-loop referral management workflow

Source: Waystar
Market shifts over the last two decades have resulted in a steep uptick in patient financial responsibility for care, with patient revenue now surpassing that of many healthcare organizations’ largest insurance payers. But patients face financial and economic challenges of their own, making it critical for organizations to be proactive about how to meet patients' needs and clearly communicate financial expectations.

This report outlines a clear strategy healthcare organizations can implement to improve patients' financial literacy and retain them amid an increasingly competitive marketplace.

You'll learn:

  • Ways to lead with open and honest communication to provide compassionate financial care
  • Strategies to create better connections with patients
  • How to improve patients' knowledge about payments

Source: IMO
Accessing clinical patient data can be like drinking from a fire hose. From diagnoses and labs to genomics and social determinants of health, the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming. Yet despite all this available data, painting an accurate picture of an individual’s health can be a significant challenge.

So why is it so difficult to create a patient's "digital twin?"

In this insight brief, we explore some of the common obstacles to gathering, integrating and leveraging clinical data, such as:

  • Siloed information within the EHR and between health IT systems
  • Varied data accessibility
  • Inadequate capture of detail or specificity
  • Inconsistent data structure; and
  • Variations in clinical terminology

Source: Teladoc Health
Telehealth adoption skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, propelled by the urgency of finding solutions to the restrictions imposed on in-person healthcare encounters. As hospitals and health systems scrambled to meet demand for care under those limitations, the benefits and value of telehealth were magnified. Now, as the healthcare industry emerges from the crisis, organizations are thinking about the future of telehealth — looking beyond its pandemic-fueled adoption and growth to more strategic considerations.

This e-book highlights findings from Becker's-Teladoc Health's 6th annual telehealth benchmark survey, which elicited responses from healthcare CEOs, CFOs, virtual care leaders, directors, CIOs and other decision-makers about their organizations' stance on virtual care and plans for it going forward.

Key learnings include:

  • What the survey findings reveal about the future of virtual care and health systems
  • Some of the barriers holding back telehealth expansion and the resources healthcare organizations need to surmount those barriers
  • How staffing models need to evolve to continue delivering the benefits of telehealth adoption amid persistent workforce shortages

Source: LeanTaaS
Matching supply and demand for expensive, constrained resources, such as operating rooms, inpatient beds and clinical staff is among healthcare's most difficult and important challenges. Many healthcare organizations have traditionally managed these issues by using informal knowledge or staff privileges to determine how OR blocks, patient beds and nurse schedules are allocated.

However, with advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and insights gleaned from other industries, hospitals and health systems are now better equipped than ever to more efficiently manage scarce resources.

This report outlines how health systems –including Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health and Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health — are using technology to tackle staffing shortages and optimize capacity and resources management, resulting in:

  • Increased access to care for patients
  • Higher revenues for provider organizations
  • Improved clinician satisfaction

Source: Tecsys
The Sanford Health Fargo (N.D.) Sterile Processing team is leading an effort to optimize physician preference cards, in collaboration with the Supply Chain and Perioperative teams, resulting in a 90%+ preference card accuracy rate. To date, they have achieved $1.4 million in savings through on-hand inventory reduction alone, not including labor and productivity gains.

With the help of Tecsys’ Elite™ Healthcare POU technology, Sanford Health has automated and systemized data capture, closed the data loop on preference card picking cycles, eliminated redundant processes and driven down on-hand inventory value.

This success story documents their journey at each step of the way. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement can increase cost savings, drive operational efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Measure inventory performance with accurate analytics and analyze real-time data using the right technology.
  • Identify the financial impact of unused materials resulting from out-of-date surgeon preference cards.

Source: Nuance
When it comes to member experience, the pressure is on. Every health plan cares deeply about their members’ journey, but many lack the technology and still provide a fragmented, disjointed member experience. Health plans must reexamine how they engage with members to deliver seamless, personalized, retail-like experiences.

In this new white paper, discover how leading plans are leveraging data and artificial intelligence to turbocharge the member experience, transform member interactions and drive engagement across all channels.


Download to learn how health plans can:  
  • Use existing data and AI to turbocharge the contact center 

  • Create a holistic view of members to transform their experience 

  • Drive personalization with existing member data 

  • Overcome barriers to technology adoption and build greater trust with members

Source: AWS
Profound advancements in medical imaging are poised to dramatically shorten time to diagnosis and treatment. However, with more sophisticated imaging comes more data and the need for more computing power to support high-speed information sharing across the care continuum. Additionally, healthcare technology leaders will have to find new ways to achieve more dynamic cybersecurity amid rising rates of malware and ransomware attacks targeting healthcare organizations. 
 
Maintaining, growing and securing on-premises data storage presents major challenges for hospitals and health systems in such an environment. This white paper examines why cloud storage and computing will become essential supports for hospitals and health systems keen to make the most of medical imaging technology advancements.
 
In this eBook, you will learn:

 
  • How health systems are reaping the benefits of cloud technology for medical imaging
  • The four pillars for optimized medical imaging data use and storage

Source: Everbridge
Healthcare leaders feel better equipped to handle future crises.

That’s a key takeaway from Becker’s survey of 102 hospital and health system leaders. This survey revealed lessons from the pandemic about increased resilience for future health crises. Among the key lessons is an increased focus on technology to improve clinical efficiency and staff effectiveness.

Gain insights from this survey on how coping with the last crisis (COVID-19) can help organizations be better prepared for the next one. Learn how health systems leaders are addressing points of failure and building on successful technology-driven strategies from the pandemic.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why healthcare leaders feel better prepared for the next crisis
  • How technology can augment staffing – before and during a crisis
  • Why connecting point solutions to the IT infrastructure for specific use cases can have tremendous value
  • The importance of smart technology investments

Source: LeanTaaS
Maximizing capacity of finite resources, such as operating rooms, is one of the biggest business imperatives for health systems. Growing demand for healthcare is putting pressure on all resources, including staff, patient rooms, ORs and other infrastructure. Meanwhile, it's becoming more expensive to raise capital to build more capacity. The best solution is to use existing resources more efficiently.

Becker's Hospital Review recently spoke with five healthcare leaders about the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to enhance capacity management. This report offers a summary of the discussion.

Download the report for insights from:

  • Brian Dawson, MSN, system vice president of perioperative services at CommonSpirit Health (Chicago)
  • Ira Martin, DNP, RN, former assistant chief nursing officer with HCA Healthcare (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Patrick McGill, MD, executive vice president and chief transformation officer of Community Health Network (Indianapolis)
  • Cindy Russo, BSN, president of Trumbull Regional Medical Center (Warren, Ohio) and former COO of Steward Health Care's Ohio/Pennsylvania region
  • Lori Wightman, vice president of nursing/chief nursing officer of SCL Health (Broomfield, Colo.)

Source: Qualtrics
The pandemic amplified long-standing pain points of both patients and employees.
A lack of access, ease, empathy, and partnership have real impacts on individual and
organizational wellbeing. Addressing these issues will require healthcare leaders to
listen, understand, and act. In other words, to adopt a holistic approach to empathy.

The reasons to operationalize empathy at scale are compelling. Not only is it the moral
approach, it makes business sense. Organizations across industries have seen
improved financial performance, increased patient and employee satisfaction, higher net
promoter scores…etc.. With so much at stake, empathy in healthcare is imperative.

In this guide you’ll learn:

  • The cost of empathy deficiencies – and how to avoid them
  • Three ways to foster human-centred experiences throughout your organization
  • How to leverage real-time data, closed-loop processes, and AI to modernize your experience programs

Source: DXC
The amount of data in healthcare makes the creation of actionable business strategies challenging.

But leading organizations are using data to fundamentally reimagine their offerings and operating models. Data is driving better clinical care, better patient experiences and better performance.

A new ebook from Becker’s Hospital Review shares insights on the "data journeys" and lessons learned from three leading healthcare organizations: Kaiser Permanente, City of Hope and Quorum Health. Each organization has overcome barriers and is now deriving enormous value from data.

Download the ebook to learn:

• How COVID-19 uncovered data challenges and accelerated the need for data-driven decisions
• The change in mindset to treat data as a product
• New data architectures, standards, metrics and technologies
• How organizations envision using AI and natural language processing

The future of healthcare relies on data. Discover how three healthcare leaders are turning their data into business value.


Source: AvaSure
Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health was spending more than $27 million a year on patient sitters before the pandemic hit. Several weeks into treating COVID-19 patients, Trinity's leaders knew they'd need to rapidly accelerate a three-year plan to implement virtual monitoring across its 89 hospitals.

In just nine months, the health system deployed a nationwide virtual care platform with zero latency, resulting in significant cost reductions and improved quality of care.

Download this whitepaper to see how the system:

  • Replaced costly 1:1 sitters with 1:12 virtual monitoring solutions
  • Saved $23 million in labor costs
  • Decreased patient fall rates systemwide

Source: AWS
The commonality of cyberattacks and both natural and human-made disasters means healthcare teams have had to take on a new role: disaster recovery experts.

As hospitals and health systems navigate these events, their primary goal of improving patients' health remains unchanged. Organizations must keep downtime to an absolute minimum and ensure continuity of care.

Becker's Healthcare recently spoke with Hector Rodriguez, executive security advisor, WWPS health and life sciences at AWS, about how enterprise resilience and immutable IT infrastructures can reduce risks for patients and organizations.

Download this brief report to learn:

 
  • How enterprise resilience protects patient safety and cuts costly organizational downtime
  • What enterprise resilience plans should cover & key considerations for where to focus initial efforts
  • The value of immutable IT infrastructures & how employee training fits into enterprise resilience

Source: DrFirst
Five CIOs met with DrFirst and CHIME CEO, Russ Branzell, to discuss the great resignation, staff burnout, and how clinician productivity and job satisfaction are contributing to the industry’s 6.4% and rising departure rate. 

See how these leaders are improving their teams' workloads and quality of life while making patient care more efficient.

Download the brief to see the strategies and tactics healthcare leaders are using to address:

  • Repetitive tasks within EHR workflows
  • Nursing shortage and the rising cost of contract staff

  • Recent resignation and retirement trends


Source: DrFirst
Recognized as a technology leader among Massachusetts healthcare organizations, South Shore Hospital in Weymouth recently prioritized efforts within its emergency department to reduce costly adverse drug events and readmissions with innovative technology and a three-step process.

This three-page case study explains how the hospital improved ED processes for patients and clinicians with a combination of new tools and strategy.

Download the report to learn about:

  • The hospital's three-step approach to managing high-risk patients
  • How to prevent medication errors and readmissions among ED patients
  • How to achieve greater staff satisfaction with technology


Source: Mastercard  
Stay one step ahead of fraud by leveraging AI and advanced technologies.


Health plans are overwhelmed by fraudulent activity. Unfortunately, the pandemic opened the door for even more cybercriminals to find new schemes to submit improper, fraudulent claims.

Given the sheer volume, it’s impossible to pursue every instance of fraud. Health plans have launched special investigation units, with high-dollar cases as their top priority. While many lower-value cases fall by the wayside, these cases can have a broad impact on patients, quality of care and financial results.

A new white paper from Becker’s Hospital Review looks at the fraud landscape, drawbacks of current approaches to fight fraud and the role of AI in preventing fraud. This white paper details:

  • The magnitude of fraud in healthcare
  • Drawbacks of the rules-based approach used by many organizations
  • Why leading healthcare organizations are turning to AI for data protection and fraud prevention
  • Specific solutions that can reduce fraud, waste and abuse

Fraud in healthcare is only getting worse. Learn how your organization can use AI to more effectively manage this costly problem.  

Source: InterSystems
For large health systems, software scalability is critical. As organizations grow, they need data to flow seamlessly across their health IT systems to achieve a unified care record and analytics that span the care continuum. However, many first-generation data sharing initiatives fail to address fundamental technical challenges, including access, scalability and performance.

Learn how top healthcare organizations met these challenges with a new healthcare integration engine and experienced:

  • 78 percent faster legacy interface conversion
  • Deployment of 2,000 interfaces in less than two years
  • Zero hours of unscheduled downtime
  • Millions of dollars in savings


Source: Zoom
Every day we hear about high and persistent levels of clinician burnout. But what are the facts? How high is burnout? What are the drivers? What can be done to address it?

Becker’s Hospital Review recently collaborated with Zoom to survey 255 healthcare workers. Respondents were asked about their current level of burnout (teaser: it remains exceedingly high) as well as their use of telehealth technology and applications of video communication technology other than telehealth.

Download this two-page survey summary to discover:

  • Current levels of burnout
  • Top factors driving burnout (many are controllable)
  • Use of and satisfaction with telehealth
  • Applications of video communication other than telehealth
  • Ways that communication technologies can improve employee satisfaction

This survey identifies actionable ways that video and other communications
technologies can help improve employee satisfaction, reduce burnout and boost productivity.

Source: Zavation
This white paper examines findings from both in-vitro and in-vivo studies on new porous PEEK technology.

Key findings examined in the white paper include:

  • New porous PEEK technology produced higher osseointegration capability when compared to solid PEEK, solid titanium and porous titanium in cell culture.
  • New technology possessed higher fusion and quality of fusion grades at 12- and 26-weeks post-op when compared to solid PEEK.
  • New technology Proved to obtain new bone formation throughout porous structure.

Source: ServiceNow
It might be cliché to say healthcare in the U.S. is having a transformative moment, but it's cliché for a reason — because it's true.

Healthcare delivery is experiencing a profound transformation. And as hospital and health system leaders work to balance in-person and remote care while navigating crisis-level staffing shortages and integrating new technology solutions, they must not overlook one facet of healthcare that has long been ripe for improvement — the patient experience.

These 10 articles comprise actionable insights for hospital and health system leaders committed to delivering a better patient experience.

Articles headlines include:

  • 5 leaders on their system’s most valuable patient experience strategy this year
  • NewYork-Presbyterian CXO Rick Evans: Patient experience is rebounding, but our work is not over
  • A powerful way to start a medical appointment? With non-medical questions

Source: Trapollo
The concept of connected healthcare is ambitious: bring together comprehensive data about patients, including clinical, environmental and administrative data. Then, use this data to provide clinicians with insights and a better line of sight for treating the whole person. At the same time, leverage this connected healthcare infrastructure to provide a better consumer experience.

Innovative new technology solutions are rapidly turning the vision for connected healthcare into reality.

A new white paper from Becker’s Hospital Review looks at the current state of connected healthcare and details:

  • The goals, promise and benefits of connected healthcare
  • Opportunities for connected ecosystems to improve patient and provider experiences
  • Barriers that must be addressed to achieve truly connected healthcare
  • Tips for communicating with and engaging patients in using connected digital tools Learn the benefits to your organization and patients from realizing the vision of connected healthcare and discover what it will take to get there.

Source: Amwell
Demand for behavioral healthcare has risen dramatically, but there are now more patients seeking these services than organizations have the bandwidth to provide. As staffing and resource shortages persist, organizations are increasingly implementing clinically proven, digitally delivered behavioral therapies that help deliver effective care at scale without the added operational strain.

Download this short report to see the clinical and patient experience improvements St. Luke's Health Network, MemorialCare Medical Group, OSF HealthCare and the University of Virginia Health System saw after adopting a digital behavioral health program.

Source: VirtuSense
Hospitals waste thousands of nursing hours a year using fall prevention tools that produce false alarms. These ineffective tools create unnecessary pressure on care teams and contribute to burnout.

New fall prevention technology powered artificial intelligence can help eliminate false alarms and gets nurses back to the bedside. The technology offloads additional tasks for nurses by reducing false alarms by 95 percent. It also provides effective patient safety and nursing support at a fraction of the cost of telesitters.

Key learnings:

How many nursing hours are wasted due to false alarms
How AI technology reduces tasks from nursing workloads, reducing burnout
How AI solutions deliver 1:1 patient fall monitoring

Source: Notable
Revenue cycle management (RCM) leaders face increasing demands to improve and accelerate patient financial clearance. While many organizations turn to automation to ease these burdens, automation historically has introduced more challenges than it has resolved. Providers fear the loss of control associated with outsourcing revenue cycle processes and building in-house automation is often costly.

By unifying disparate RCM workflows through intelligent automation, providers can process claims faster with improved accuracy and response time. They can also serve a higher volume of patients without hiring more staff to support them. 

Finally, intelligent automation can drive digital patient engagement, reduce workqueue volumes, and boost revenues.

In this whitepaper you will learn:

 
  • Tactics for driving digital patient engagement and boost self-pay collections via intelligent automation
  • How to solve revenue growth during an economic downturn by improving the digital front door
  • Frameworks for a data-driven improvement cycle that provides structure for revenue growth



Source: AMN Healthcare
Healthcare organizations are digging deeper to improve health equity and access to care in telehealth.

With 89 percent of U.S. adults owning a smartphone, telehealth services can help break down barriers as patients are able to get care from anywhere. Advancements in language services and other technologies allow telehealth services to become even more accessible.

Learn how improvements in virtual care and language services can make a difference in this whitepaper.

Key learnings:

 
  • How advances in language services and technology are improving access to care for limited English proficient, deaf or hard of hearing patients
  • Why ensuring health equity in telehealth programs is a necessary and vital element of a successful strategy
  • Strategies to define telehealth roles and secure talent with the right competencies to fill them

Source: Amwell
Even as the pandemic wanes, patient demand for behavioral health services continues to soar. Yet healthcare organizations struggle to attract and retain behavioral health providers.

To meet rising demand, health systems are rethinking the delivery of behavior care services. This means increasing use of virtual behavioral healthcare and other digital interventions.

Becker's Hospital Review recently convened a panel of behavioral health leaders from across the country to share best practices on the new normal for behavioral health and the role technology will play.

Organizations represented on the panel were:

 
  • Centra Health (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles)
  • Hackensack Meridian Health (Edison, N.J.)
  • Penn State Health (Hershey, Pa.)
  • Prisma Health (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Steward Health Care (headquartered in Dallas)
  Download the report to learn:  
  • How the pandemic drove these health systems to innovate behavioral healthcare delivery
  • Why digital interventions may be the next wave of innovation
  • Best practices and case studies from behavioral health leaders from across the country

Source: CipherHealth
Across the industry, health systems make significant investments in EHR systems. These systems are the default technology used for patient communications — without it a hospital can't succeed. But many EHRs, like Epic, are limited in patient communications, making it difficult to successfully engage patients across the care journey.

But there are ways to mitigate these limits. With CipherHealth's unified platform, healthcare organizations can successfully engage patients throughout the care process to provide a reliable, digital and retail-like experience.

Download this whitepaper to learn how to:

  • Use integration to improve workflows and patient outcomes while consolidating technology solutions
  • How a patient engagement platform helps health systems maximize their EHR investment

Source: Biofourmis
Patients are people. And often, people are more comfortable and at ease in their own homes.

Increasing demand for care at home programs, at all levels of acuity, is one of the many reasons more health systems are deploying remote care programs.

Care-at-home programs support improved outcomes across staffing, readmissions and patient satisfaction. Download this whitepaper to learn how health systems are utilizing remote care to deliver better care:

  • New evidence demonstrating reduced cost of care and improved clinical outcomes
  • Considerations for programs that manage acute, post-discharge, and chronic care patients
  • Best practices to deliver remote care in the home

Source: Verizon
For healthcare organizations, enterprise intelligence means enabling virtual consultations, making better use of scarce expertise and improving patient outcomes. It means connecting on-site first responders to clinicians, enabling new care pathways that help them limit the damage and loss of function associated with conditions like strokes. It also means tapping the vast quantities of data that often go unused to enable better epidemiology and more personalized care.

Old ways of working simply aren’t up to the challenges of today. They are too expensive, too inflexible and too hard to scale. The network is key to changing how healthcare operates. It enables providers to leverage the latest technologies — including artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of medical things — to generate unprecedented insight and make decision making smarter and faster.

In this whitepaper, we walk through the evolving challenges and opportunities for achieving enterprise intelligence across an increasingly decentralized care ecosystem.

What you’ll learn:

What barriers to innovation continue to challenge healthcare’s focus
How infrastructure transformation with network capabilities like private 5G, edge compute and network-as-a-Service will support the evolution of inpatient care
How rearchitecting connectivity, security and collaboration will build the innovation healthcare needs

Source: ServiceNow
Healthcare is at an inflection point. Health system leaders must look for new ways to deliver efficient and secure care and adapt to the changing world around them. However, change is complicated.

Today, true care transformation can't be achieved without effective digital health solutions. According to Gartner, the digital health platforms approach guides organizations down "a path to faster value realization when responding to strategic imperatives and external uncertainties." The right digital health platform partnership will help healthcare organizations differentiate themselves and advance care delivery.

Learn more about digital health platforms and access insights from Gartner's "Market Guide for Digital Health Platform for Healthcare Providers."

Source: Qualtrics
Today’s health system leaders need faster, more frequent insights to optimize the four core experiences of their organizations: patient, staff, brand and product.

Having real-time insights into every experience that matters allows healthcare organizations to understand the patient journey from end-to-end, connect feedback from multiple data channels, make data-driven business decisions that improve their bottom line and drive action at every level to deliver on patient and employee expectations.

Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is one of 11,000 healthcare organizations globally reaping the benefits of this strategy, known as experience management.

In this guide, readers will learn how to use experience management to:

  • Improve patient experience and drive brand loyalty
  • Increase revenue and profits while lowering costs
  • Lower employee attrition while boosting productivity

Source: NAPA
Value-based care delivery is dependent on perioperative value.

Approximately 45 to 60 percent of a hospital’s revenue and expenses are related to perioperative services, and bundled payment models demand standardization and reliability to be successful. Yet at many hospitals, high variability in outcomes and costs produces a misalignment of goals among physicians, staff and administrators.

Besides delayed cases, slow operating room throughput, dissatisfied surgeons and significant deviations between same procedures performed by different surgeons inhibit organizations from offering competitive pricing or assuming the financial risk of managing community health.

At Wilmington, N.C.-based New Hanover Regional Medical Center, North American Partners in Anesthesia's team led by Rob Shakar, MD, chief of anesthesia, worked collaboratively with clinical colleagues to improve standardization in the total joint program by piloting a perioperative surgical home program in orthopedics.

The program generated outstanding clinical and operational outcomes and saved the hospital $4.2 million in the first year, prompting the hospital to scale perioperative surgical home across 16 service lines that produced an annual return on investment of up to $12 million.

Download this case study to learn:

  • The benefits of monetizing the perioperative surgical home program
  • How perioperative surgical home program can increase operating room utilization, first case on-time starts and patient and surgeon satisfaction
  • How a perioperative surgical home program has decisive impacts on patients, surgeons, efficiency and profitability

Source: Carlsmed
Achieving spinal alignment involves a simple three-step process: scan-design-deliver, for any patient, one patient at a time.

A surgeon-authored report of patient-specific planning and placement of aprevo® interbody devices is available to spine surgeons, PAs, nurses and C-suite members.

Examples include single and multi-level fusions in patients diagnosed with stenosis, spondylolisthesis and adult deformity.

Planned versus achieved spinal alignment is shown for personalized surgical procedures utilizing aprevo® for:

  • Transforaminal approach with a long fusion for scoliosis
  • Anterior approach to address anterolisthesis with lateral listhesis
  • Lateral approach for disc degeneration and foraminal stenosis

Source: Oracle Cerner
Whether a patient is having a routine checkup or needs a surgical procedure, the ambulatory setting is now often where the care journey begins and ends. Accordingly, health systems nationwide are working to maximize efficiency in this care environment.

Becker's Hospital Review recently spoke with three experts on technology in the ambulatory setting about how their organizations leverage technology to create a better patient and provider experience. The organizations represented include Kansas City, Mo.-based University Health, University of Missouri (MU) Health Care in Columbia and Charleston Area Medical Center in South Charleston, W.Va.

Key learnings:

• Why outstanding ambulatory care requires consistency across technology systems
• How to balance clinician preference with technology standardization
• Why artificial intelligence and telehealth are poised to transform the EHR

Source: Bamboo Health
When Houston Methodist Coordinated Care (HMCC) — an Accountable Care Organization — joined Track 3 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program in January 2017, it had little insight into patients' post-acute care activity. The ACO relied on quarterly CMS data and phone calls to skilled nursing facilities to locate patients, which meant they typically didn't find out about patient events until 10 to 15 days later.

That shifted in July 2017 when they began using Bamboo Health’s Pings solution to help monitor patient events in real time, improve care coordination efforts and succeed under MSSP.

Download this short report to learn:

  • How HMCC reduced length of stay for its managed patients from 25 days to 21 days, resulting in $681,000 in savings
  • How HMCC was able to earn $1,258,180 in shared savings under MSSP in just one year
  • A real-world example on how Pings effectively coordinated care for a patient who fell while visiting a friend out of state

Source: Consensus 
Prior authorization has become one of the biggest obstacles in the healthcare industry. However, health information technology can help payers, providers and members overcome prior authorization issues.

In this whitepaper you'll learn how to make informed prior authorization decisions quickly, reduce time spent dealing with phone calls and faxes, lower your overall expenditures and improve your members' care outcomes.

Key Learnings:

  • Seven findings from American Medical Association studies where prior authorization caused time, money and health outcome detriments
  • Two trends contributing to prior authorizations challenges
  • Four faith-building statistics from an America's Health Insurance Plans study about the use of digital tools for prior authorization

Source: CareRev
Chronic workforce shortages continue to burden hospitals, outpatient clinics and other care settings. This leaves organizations scrambling to fill shifts, but a technology platform is mitigating this stressor for staffing leaders.

Download this one-page summary to learn why nursing leaders consistently turn to CareRev's technology to post shifts, manage float pools and maintain flexible staffing.

Key learning points:

  • An overview of what the CareRev app offers nursing leaders
  • How it enables nursing leaders to ensure flexible staffing and organizational resilience
  • Why healthcare professionals consistently book shifts through CareRev's technology solution

Source: Phreesia
The rise of consumerism has given patients more ownership of their care than ever before. And as consumer-facing technologies become commonplace, patients are increasingly shopping for healthcare experiences that align with their digital behaviors and preferences.

To attract and retain those patients, providers need to offer the modern, convenient features they’re accustomed to using elsewhere.

Phreesia recently surveyed more than 4,000 patients about their digital expectations for their care, including how they want to check in, manage appointments, make payments and engage with providers. We dive deep into the survey results and explore their implications for providers in our new white paper, How consumerism is reshaping the healthcare landscape—and how provider organizations should respond.

Read the white paper to learn:

  • How patients feel about using self-service technology to manage their healthcare experience
  • Digital strategies you can implement to increase access, activate patients and make payments easier
  • Ways to identify third-party vendors that keep patients’ sensitive health information secure
  • A 3-step checklist to successfully introduce new technologies to your patients

Source: SCP Health
In today’s volatile health care environment, forward-thinking, health systems are already using artificial intelligence (AI) to unlock tremendous value. Health care executives understand AI is here, but the true power of specific applications for these tools remains obscure.

Read this white paper by SCP Health Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly, to learn proven strategies for integrating artificial intelligence for better care and cost, including:

  • Applying AI to health care operations
  • Identifying AI specific tools that are critical to success
  • Revealing a new hospital operations use case that employs AI

Source: Altera
Health IT solutions are too often designed without direct involvement from their primary users: physicians and nurses. Amid chronic workforce shortages and a burnout crisis, healthcare organizations can no longer risk imposing technology-enabled workflows on clinicians without thoughtful consideration of their input.

Download this two-page report to get a grasp of the why and how behind incorporating human-centered design into health tech solutions.

Key learning points:

  • The difference between user-centered design and human-centered design
  • Best practices for involving clinicians in the design process
  • The benefits human-centered design has for patients and providers

Source: Notable Health
As healthcare organizations face economic headwinds, depressed volumes, and formidable competition, they must invest in growth differently. To succeed in this evolving landscape, healthcare providers must attract the right patients, retain them over time, and do so cost-effectively.

While many leaders have turned to intelligent automation to expand staff capacity and reduce costs, it is increasingly becoming the basis of sustainable topline revenue growth. To drive growth, healthcare organizations need to go beyond acquiring referral channels to securing patient access across the patient journey via a variety of digital doors.

Using intelligent automation, healthcare organizations can deliver hassle-free primary and specialty care access points. They can also hardwire care progression by guiding patients to stay in-network along their care journeys.

In this whitepaper you will learn:

  • Why the pursuit of cost-effective growth cannot be solved by continually increasing staffing levels
  • How digitized intake can capture accurate patient information on the front-end to improve clinical outcomes and maximize revenue
  • Why patient self-scheduling accelerates patient acquisition and retention

Source: CipherHealth
Patients increasingly rely on their smartphones to interact with businesses and services in all phases of their lives. Using the right mobile patient engagement strategy can help address gaps in communication that lead to unengaged patients, missed appointments and lost revenue.

In this whitepaper, readers will:

  • Learn the definition and value of conversational engagement
  • Understand how healthcare providers can use conversational engagement to scale patient interactions
  • Integrate conversational engagement with existing digital experiences to build patient loyalty

Source: Press Ganey
Healthcare’s efforts toward digital transformation were kicked into high gear during the pandemic. Now more than ever, a clear-cut digital transformation strategy is imperative to meeting new consumer expectations for the patient experience.

Learn how to improve patient acquisition, retention, and loyalty. In this guide, we’ll walk you through:

  • The comprehensive strategies, technologies, and proven best practices to advance digital transformation
  • Where top organizations are investing today to build a solid foundation for PX's future

Source: Ergotron
The added stress and strain of working in healthcare amid a pandemic has sent nurses of all ages into early retirement or caused them to seek alternate career paths. To help address the current levels of burnout and attrition, experts are recommending a renewed focus on caregiver well-being.

This white paper outlines various ways hospitals and health systems can mitigate the harms of healthcare's workforce crisis by better supporting nurses. Learnings include.

How generate a renewed focus on caregiver well-being
How to improve both the physical and emotional working environment
How to create a culture of psychological support

Source: Amwell

The COVID-19 pandemic and patient preferences for a more convenient healthcare experience are fueling momentum for telehealth, and health systems are responding by expanding their telehealth capabilities.

Leaders from Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and more recently participated in an advisory call hosted by Becker's Hospital Review to discuss the benefits of telehealth adoption and what healthcare organizations must do to ensure continued advances in the future. This report offers five takeaways from the discussion.

Key learnings:  
  • Why providers are embracing a digital-first mindset
  • How telehealth can help mitigate staff shortages and boost patient access
  • Telehealth's role in future care delivery models

Source: InVita
Hospital finance and supply chain leaders need a holistic perspective on operations — this can't be achieved without current and complete data. With real-time data and tools for improved data analysis, leaders can expose the hidden opportunities to reduce spend and avert risk.

The insights in this ebook can empower finance and supply chain managers to reduce spend and improve compliance every day.

Learnings include:

  • Why disparate systems for managing supplies will only ever provide some of the data needed for informed decision-making.
  • How visibility of the supply chain creates opportunities for reduced spend and better resource allocation.
  • Why empowering the right people with the right tools is critically important to being proactive and being able to capitalize on significant opportunities.

Source: NetApp
Up-to-date and sophisticated EHR systems are necessary to keep hospitals and health systems functioning properly. However, these systems can be burdensome investments for many health systems are struggling beneath crushing margin pressure. There is a solution — migrating EHRs to the cloud.

This migration can relieve the financial burden of EHR investment, while also making it simpler for providers to adapt to new challenges.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

How much faster upgrade cycles are completed with cloud-based EHR
How quicker response times are when using cloud-based EHR
How to cure EHR update hiccups

Source: Smartsheet
As disruption becomes the norm in healthcare, hospital and health system leaders must help their organizations adapt amid mounting cost, quality and resource pressures. Effectively managing change requires real-time visibility into the work being done, greater collaboration across teams and an understanding of how changes will affect both staff and patients.

How is change managed in your organization, and which processes could be more effective?

Download this checklist to discover ways to:

Improve visibility into projects, processes and resources
Better communicate change plans across teams
Gain buy-in from key stakeholders

Source: Qventus
Surgical revenue is more important than ever. However, manual processes and tools are holding healthcare organizations back from effectively using operating room resources, resulting in an incredible opportunity cost.

Fortunately, advances in artificial intelligence and automation can enable you to break out of the status quo and accelerate growth.

By using six strategies implemented at leading health systems across the country, you can harness these capabilities to improve operating room access, increase strategic case volumes and capture more market share.

In this whitepaper, learn how to:

  • Boost operating room and resource utilization
  • Automate manual work to reduce staff workload
  • Drive immediate bottom-line improvements
  • Optimize referrals and prevent leakage
  • Improve surgeon satisfaction

Source: Kontak.tio
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure at work, but not everyone does — especially in healthcare. Healthcare workers account for 73 percent of all nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses due to violence.

Still, too many hospitals' safety efforts are hindered by outdated tech infrastructures that make implementing solutions far more costly than they have to be, resulting in budget considerations canceling safety concerns. It is unacceptable for the physical well-being of nurses and others to become unaffordable.

This guide includes:

The importance of staff safety solutions, featuring a case study from a healthcare facility
An overview of the immediate benefits of staff safety how
5 steps to improve staff safety in your hospital

Source: MDClone
Synthetic data mimics real patient data while protecting the privacy of patients. Because synthetic data is non-reversible without the concerns of re-identification, data can be leveraged to encourage innovation across healthcare teams. With larger datasets available instantly, insights to improved operational processes, care plans, and patient outcomes can accelerate innovation.

With synthetic data:

Conduct research 10x faster
Explore data independent of IRB process
Access broad datasets instantly and dynamically
Share research and insights worldwide

The eBook from MDClone will offer an in-depth guide to synthetic data for healthcare and how unlocking data access can drive innovation across the organization.

Source: LeanTaaS
The last two-plus years in healthcare have been rife with disruption. Every healthcare organization has had to navigate the effects of profound change. Recent financial trends have been particularly challenging. Fiscal pressure created by COVID-19 and compounded by critical staff shortages mean that health systems must do more with less.

Specifically, in the face of rising demand and limited resources, healthcare organizations must unlock capacity by improving their utilization of critical, scarce resources like operating rooms, infusion chairs and inpatient beds. The keys to unlocking this capacity include the use of data, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and artificial intelligence to generate hard ROI during these challenging times.

Source: RevSpring
The patient experience extends far beyond clinical interactions with a physician. It includes all interactions from scheduling appointments, receiving cost estimates and paying bills, and digital technologies present a great opportunity to improve and personalize these touchpoints.

Leaders from Ochsner Health, RWJBarnabas Health, Banner Health and more recently participated in an advisory call hosted by Becker's Hospital Review and RevSpring to discuss why digital must be a top priority in healthcare organizations' strategy to improve the patient experience.

Key learning points:

How providers are getting to know their patients' preferences
Ways to improve cost transparency
Enhancing self-service options for scheduling and payments

Source: DocuSign
In today’s global telehealth environment, using digitization to improve the patient experience is critical for organizational success. Healthcare organizations need to make it easy for patients to electronically sign intake and consent forms on their device when they are on the go, in a medical office or inpatient at a facility.

By implementing e-signature technology beyond the EHR, organizations can improve the patient intake and consent process saving patients and providers alike time and money–and reduce the burden upon staff.

This report highlights the challenges, opportunities and costs associated with improving the patient intake and consent process, including:
- 63% of providers say their consent process contains risks as a result of poor document storage and retrieval capabilities.
- 88% of healthcare respondents say e-signature is crucial for their organization — and that number is projected to climb to 93% within the next few years.

Source: Teladoc
The rise of virtual care has transformed how hospitals and health systems operate. Ninety-three percent of leading health systems plan on growing virtual care. New research suggests an opportunity for healthcare organizations to take this growth to the next level. Download this research report to learn health system leaders' innovative virtual care strategies and dig deeper into the four key findings:

  • Digital health strategy exists in name only – and that must change.
  • Health systems need to swap vendor contracts for true partnerships to succeed on consumerism.
  • To achieve virtual care integration, health systems must secure operational buy-in from the start.
  • Scale is a catch-22. Proceed with caution.

Source: Elsevier
Disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic touched all dimensions of oncology, from diagnostic screenings to treatment decisions to cancer programs to clinical trials. Now, healthcare organizations are making use of the lessons learned from the pandemic to shape the future of cancer care and how it is delivered.

Seven oncology leaders from across the U.S. recently participated in a roundtable sponsored by Elsevier and hosted by Becker's Hospital Review to discuss how COVID-19 reshaped the oncology field and how they are preparing for a pandemic-adjacent future. Download the two-page report to read the main insights from the discussion.

Key learning points:

The changes organizations are making to prioritize cancer care delivery
The unique role of health educators and support staff
What future oncology care models will incorporate
The outlook on the cost of oncology drugs

Source: T-Mobile
There is a technology revolution underway in healthcare. Remote monitoring devices, consumer wearables, and telehealth — technologies that have been adopted at an accelerated pace over the course of the pandemic — are just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface is an undercurrent of dynamic innovation.

Healthcare is on the verge of the interconnected, intelligent future patients and clinicians deserve. This report examines the emerging technologies transforming healthcare and outlines the infrastructure necessary to support the coming connectivity revolution.

Key learnings include:

• The future of remote patient monitoring and device interconnectivity
• Why AI + 5G will transform healthcare technology development
• How an in-house innovation lab is transforming home care

Source: Relatient
Despite long wait times for appointments, most health system executives are aware that provider capacity is often underutilized. Our experience suggests that as much as 10 to 30 percent of appointment slots go unfilled each day. Providing timely, consistent and convenient access to patients in outpatient care settings is an increasingly important differentiator for provider groups as they navigate the need to drive patient loyalty, competitive differentiation and operational efficiency at the same time.

In this whitepaper, we have identified seven best practices to optimize care access that support meaningful results without overly standardizing provider utilization.

Learning objectives:

Understand the most common patient access process obstacles and challenges
Learn how to measure each access point and determine how to increase profitability
Learn best practices to optimize patient access, scheduling and physician engagement


Source: Phreesia
The COVID-19 pandemic underscored an often-overlooked pre-pandemic challenge: the difficulties providers and organizations continue to face when interacting with patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP). Language barriers result in poor communication and experiences for patients and providers alike. In addition, patients with language barriers are more likely to require more healthcare services and to experience higher rates of adverse medical events.

However, there are simple steps healthcare organizations can take to make preferred-language communication easier for patients and providers. When organizations use patients’ language of preference, staff can be more efficient and feel more supported while patients receive more personalized care and have better experiences.

Read this white paper to learn:

The impact of communicating with patients in their preferred language
How preferred-language communication improves patients’ access to care
How technology breaks down language barriers to improve care and meet patients where they are

Source: LeanTaaS
Health system leaders face an operational paradox. Operating rooms, inpatient beds and infusion chairs appear to be available. Yet, the reality is often very different. These assets experience dramatic peaks and valleys in usage. As a result, patients receive appointments, but when they show up for care at peak times, they have to wait.

Other asset-intensive industries like airlines or package delivery services face similar challenges. However, through sophisticated modeling and simulations, organizations in these industries can predict and match supply to demand with considerable accuracy. Every day, millions of packages are delivered on time and scores of travelers safely reach their destinations. The healthcare sector needs the same types of capacity-optimization tools.

These were the overarching themes that emerged during a hospital operations summit as part of Becker's Hospital Review's 12th Annual Meeting in Chicago. Dozens of hospital executives participated in the summit. This white paper is based on their conversations and includes specific learnings from:

  • Rush University Medical Center in Chicago
  • UCHealth in Aurora, Colo.
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Source: Sophos
Sixty-six percent of healthcare organizations were hit by ransomware last year, and the complexity of such attacks is only growing. The cyber insurance market has hardened with the rise of ransomware, making it increasingly difficult to secure affordable coverage.

This report provides insight on how to stay ahead of attacks, how to get better at restoring data after an attack and tips to secure cyber insurance coverage.

Key learning points:

The wider organizational impact of a ransomware attack on healthcare
Different methods used to recover encrypted data
The amount of ransom paid by health care organizations
Changes healthcare organizations are making to better position themselves for cyber insurance coverage

Leadership, staff and skillset

Source: Zipnosis
The Asynchronous Telemedicine Guide is a comprehensive resource for everything healthcare professionals need to know about asynchronous telemedicine.

With 15 years of experience in asynchronous care behind us, we've found it to be the solution to the biggest challenges facing healthcare:

  • Staffing shortages
  • Provider burnout
  • Delayed and avoided care
  • Consumerism
  • Health equity
  • Expanding access

Health systems that are serious about solving these problems must venture outside traditional modes of care to prioritize patients and providers.

This guide also includes COVID-19: The Largest Case Study on Async.

Learning Objectives:

  • How asynchronous telemedicine improves patient experience and loyalty by offering convenience and reduced costs, resulting in newly acquired patients and downstream revenue
  • How asynchronous intelligent interviews improve clinical efficiency and directly solve for delayed and avoided care by increasing productivity by 56 percent
  • How asynchronous virtual care improves access and health equity for rural, disadvantaged and non-English-speaking populations

Source: League
Innovation leaders know the ideal future state: become a digital destination, drive engagement 365 days a year and connect online and offline experiences. But how can organizations achieve this vision quickly and efficiently?

To better understand how healthcare leaders are thinking about leveraging technology and CX platforms to solve their most critical challenges, Becker’s Hospital Review conducted roundtables and interviews with several healthcare leaders from both provider and payer organizations. Participants included the chief digital officer for Columbia, S.C.-based Prisma Health and Aetna's former chief innovation and digital officer. This report is based on those conversations.

Key learnings include:

4 digital experience trends identified across patients and members
An overview of the technology infrastructure necessary to support greater convenience in the patient experience
A 3-point assessment of a platform approach to healthcare consumer engagement

Source: VitelNet
Among the many maternal health challenges facing the U.S., some are high-risk pregnancies, barriers to proper care, gaps in the prenatal to postnatal care cycle, and glaring disparities in mortality and morbidity rates among key populations. Leading factors in maternal deaths are clinician, facility and systems factors, according to the CDC. Some of these factors include inadequate training, missed or delayed diagnosis of complications, poor communication and a lack of coordination between clinicians. These issues are further exacerbated by a continued shortage in resources and a siloed approach to maternity care that leaves patient populations increasingly vulnerable.

Recent advancements in technology and telehealth protocols have the potential to transform traditional maternity care. With proper integration, virtual care can start immediately addressing the leading factors in maternal deaths as identified by the CDC.

As we conducted research to bring together the ideas and concepts for this whitepaper, our team pulled information from recent healthcare news as well as interviewed a series of telehealth specialists, maternity care providers, and women who recently experienced high-risk pregnancies. As a telehealth solution provider, we are actively looking for ways to increase access to care, improve patient outcomes, manage healthcare costs and address gaps that have long created barriers in healthcare. Together we have created the potential for solutions that can almost immediately address the challenges facing present and future families in the U.S.

Augmenting Traditional Maternity Care with Virtual Care:

Close gaps in the care cycle from prenatal to postnatal and newborn care
Increase collaboration between healthcare providers to help identify and mitigate high-risk pregnancy conditions
Streamline provider collaboration while reducing cost of care for patients and providers


Source: Amwell

MU Health Care, an academic medical center in Columbia, Mo., recently completed an enterprisewide rollout of Amwell’s Converge platform to help achieve its vision of a centralized virtual care model. Through this rollout, the health system improved the patient, provider, and staff experience through features like build-in interpreter services, and the ability to launch a visit directly from the EHR.

In this case study, learn how MU Health Care:

Streamlined and centralized virtual care and deployed it across 35 primary and specialty care locations
Prioritized program features critical to patient, provider, and staff success
Simplified the patient experience by eliminating the need for app downloads and logins
Replicated in-person workflows using a virtual rooming workflow

Source: Cox Prosight
Healthcare has never been static. Transformation and disruption have always informed the business and clinical execution of care delivery. However, in what may be the waning days of a once-in-a-century public health crisis, most industry experts and lay observers would likely agree that healthcare transformation has reached an inflection point.

Real-time location services (RTLS) are an important component of smart hospitals. RTLS technology powered by internet-of-things connectivity can accurately determine the location of people and assets throughout a hospital facility. The benefits of this technology extend from the obvious to the inconspicuous. While asset tracking may be the most common use case, RTLS can also address environmental monitoring, staff safety, hand hygiene compliance and wayfinding challenges as well.

By providing hyper-accurate tracking and monitoring solutions, RTLS technology can help mitigate these challenges.

 

This report covers:

Integrating RTLS into existing systems
The cost of maintaining legacy RTLS systems
How RTLS can improve the patient experience
Choosing the right platform

Source: Olive

In the healthcare industry, the problem of employee burnout has been a major challenge for years. Addressing this challenge has only become more urgent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The boom of systems and technology has helped the healthcare industry improve efficiency but also has been a major contributor to provider stress and exhaustion. Siloed information systems and limited connectivity mean clinicians have become human data routers, searching for
relevant information to conduct their work and manually moving information from one system to another.

Download this white paper to learn about initiatives at Olive, the automation company:

Olive is creating the Internet of Healthcare to connect disjointed systems, reduce administrative burden and unleash $1 trillion in healthcare costs.
Olive is providing health systems with state-of-the-art automation technology, growing its partner network to further connected solutions and investing in the enhancement of interoperability and intelligence.
The platform provides leaders at health systems and hospitals with critical tools and capabilities to realize their success, including automations, services, APIs, intelligence through an extensive graph database, semantic interoperability and many more.
The platform provides healthcare technology partners with tools to accelerate build times while reducing the cost of customer acquisition and increasing speed to market.

Source: Cardinal Acute
For years, the operational environment for healthcare supply chain leaders has been anything but easy. Prior to COVID-19, health systems chased every penny in their quest for greater efficiencies — and offshoring was the name of the game.
Then everything changed in 2020, and the supply chain was tested even further. Now, the healthcare sector is reexamining how to build greater flexibility into supply chains while preserving efficiency and adjusting to additional shocks to the system.

Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review gathered health system leaders for panel discussions on the current state of the healthcare supply chain as part of a Supply Chain Forum, which was sponsored by Cardinal Health. Learn how Unity Point Health, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic turned to new technology and a solid new strategy to identify and solve supply chain issues. It all centers on reimagining the supply chain and optimizing competing priorities such as safety, quality, cost and access to products.

Source: T-Mobile 

Healthcare innovation is advancing by leaps and bounds, even as much of that innovation happens faster at the conceptual and technology levels than at the actual implementation level.

During a May advisory call hosted by Becker’s Hospital Review and sponsored by T-Mobile for Business, Baron Kuehlewind, healthcare industry solutions advisor at T-Mobile, and a group of strategy, operations and telehealth leaders discussed how new care delivery models, technology and connectivity are colliding to reimagine the continuum of health services.

Download this whitepaper to learn how:

1. Care delivery outside of the hospital is forging ahead under different modalities.
2. Legacy systems are a major roadblock to advancing integration of remote and in-person care.
3. Connectivity is essential to extending care and supporting staff, with a caveat.

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.

Source: BD

Reducing length of stay and moving patients to alternative care settings such as ambulatory care clinics and home-based care is a top priority for many health systems. As care shifts to these settings, medication safety and robust inventory management are critical considerations, especially considering that drug shortages aren't expected to go away anytime soon.

During a May 2 panel at Becker's Virtual Annual Meeting, pharmacy leaders from Avera Health, UC San Diego Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center discussed key challenges surrounding medication inventory management and how they're working to address them. This whitepaper offers a summary of the discussion.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

Tools and techniques to improve inventory visibility and reporting
How inventory analytics can support organizational growth



Source: KitCheck
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the healthcare industry in many ways, from an increased adoption of technology to a switch in new vendors for services. But how has the pharmacy kit and tray management space been affected?

Becker's Hospital Review conducted an online survey among practitioners to learn more about the current state of kit and tray management.

Here are five key takeaways:

1. Kit Check is overwhelmingly seen as the industry-leading vendor for kit and tray management.
2. Respondents see multiple opportunities for technologies to improve medication management.
3. A minority of health systems represented in the survey are currently using kit and tray management vendors.
4. The primary reasons that a hospital system would consider a new vendor are system standardization and problems with a current vendor.
5. When researching new vendors, traditional methods remain most important.

Source: Waystar
The challenges facing today’s healthcare finance leaders are to improve financial performance and operational efficiency amid rising labor costs and shrinking margins. It sounds straightforward but these leaders and their teams must find new ways to do more with less.

Technology solutions powered by artificial intelligence can help close the gap between what’s expected and what’s achievable.

But a recent industry survey found that a disconnect between the perceived value of digital revenue cycle management tools powered by AI and robotic process automation (RPA) is a barrier when adopting such emerging tech.

Still, about half of leading health systems report they plan to invest in such revenue cycle management tools within the next three years to improve financial performance.

The survey findings were recently released by Waystar and The Health Management Academy, which works with leading health systems and industry partners to identify barriers and opportunities in the sector, representing 150 of the largest health systems in the industry.

Here's what we know: Hospitals that use the technology, value it.

Currently, 6% to 28% of those surveyed report using AI and RPA for front-end, mid-cycle and back-end rev cycle management. Of these, 82% said they adopted the tools to improve financial performance.

Overall, health systems currently using AI and RPA report higher satisfaction with revenue cycle management processes than those that are not using or only considering the rollout of such tools.

This E-book comprises seven reports on the adoption and benefits of AI and RPA that are instrumental to any healthcare team.

Here's what you'll learn:

The No. 1 obstacle to hospital innovation
12 signs it's time to switch clearinghouses
Doing more with less in your revenue cycle
How to increase revenue with coverage detection

Source: West Monroe
Today's healthcare is a world of blended experiences. Leading health systems recognize delivering a positive patient experience requires a delicate balance between the digital and physical realms.

During a roundtable session sponsored by West Monroe at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 12th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Hugh Ma, partner at West Monroe, facilitated a discussion among healthcare executives about how digital health's advancement depends on organizations’ abilities to reinvent their operating models. This report is based on their conversation.

Source: Securelink
Healthcare's largest attack vector is unsecured remote access. It is now the top-targeted industry and unsecured remote access is quickly becoming the main attack vector. This has led healthcare organizations and associated businesses to believe they are more vulnerable than other industries. In the Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare, gain insight about risks associated with third-party remote access and learn to provide access without compromise.


Learning Points:

  • Learn about unique third-party remote access risks to the healthcare industry - Better understand industry compliance
  • Protect access credentials and permissions
  • Evaluate compliance using our HIPAA and HITECH checklist

Source: Salesforce
For Novartis, Salesforce had everything it sought in a tech partner to step up patient engagement, at scale and fast. That includes a modern architecture that fits with existing systems; minimal coding, and 88% configurability.

IDC Research reveals the rollout of Health Cloud in Latin America and Canada saw:

3x faster setup for new care plan templates
10% gain in territorial reach
20% drop in enrollment time
Several new loyalty programs, up from just one

Source: NTT DATA
The hospital at home care model is poised to break out into the mainstream. From its cost-effectiveness to its ability to improve outcomes and satisfaction for both patients and clinicians, the hospital at home model is the perfect solution for rising hospital costs.

However, a wide range of technical, operational and regulatory challenges make it difficult for many healthcare organizations to properly implement home-care models. In this whitepaper by NTT DATA, you will learn:

Why hospital at home is a fast-rising model for value-based healthcare
The benefits and obstacles of a hospital at home system
The best way to implement a hospital at home solution within your organization


Source: LexisNexis
The move toward digitization in healthcare has led to the proliferation of health data. Although organizations now have access to better data on their patients, it is imperative they keep the data within patient records complete, accurate, and up to date to protect their patients while also ensuring that their records are properly linked.

Accurate data matching has been a long-time problem in the healthcare industry. The promotion of interoperability exacerbates that problem by creating duplicate and mismatched records if organizations do not have the ability to see through sparse data.

This report is based on an executive roundtable from Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) and the healthcare business of LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, where experts discussed and shared insights on how their organizations plan on complying with evolving interoperability regulations, while addressing the impacts that it will have on their ability to balance customer experience and data security.

Source: Notable Health
In the era of consumerism and workforce crises, health system growth is dependent on earning patient loyalty and increasing staff engagement. These strategic priorities can mean the difference between organizations that continue serving their communities for decades to come and those that are forced to consolidate or close. Self-scheduling is not just a nice to have – it is a need to have.

Patient self-scheduling can be a strategic lever for organizations to move from patient leakage to keepage at any point in the patient journey. However, the ROI for previous scheduling investments has been constrained by a myopic focus on the experience of one stakeholder group – be it patients, providers, or staff – and the exclusion of others.

It’s time for leaders to take a closer look at why their status quo scheduling processes have fallen short of expectations – and how they can unlock growth goals with self-scheduling.

Readers will learn:

How to empower providers to open their schedules with confidence, free staff from the administrative burden of managing scheduling requests, and proactively nudge patients to schedule recommended care
How to accurately assess the real benefits and potential pitfalls of self-scheduling solutions
Why a leading health system replaced their patient portal with self-scheduling, garnering a 96% patient satisfaction rating

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 you pay them and how can you retain them?

This whitepaper offers tips from leading Epic organizations such as NYC Health + Hospitals and Optum to help you:
Build an Epic hiring plan
Benchmark Epic salaries
Recruit tough-to-fill Epic roles
Navigate remote work challenges


Source: IBM
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare some of healthcare's most entrenched limitations, including a reliance on in-person visits, staffing shortages and a tendency to exclude IT from conversations about the organization's overall goals.

During Becker’s Hospital Review’s 12th Annual Meeting, in a session sponsored by IBM Watson Health, three company leaders — Steve Vance, provider senior business development executive, Danielle Sebastian, implementation manager, and Anna Moore, product manager — led a roundtable discussion about the impact of those limitations on the parties involved and steps organizations can take to course-correct. This whitepaper reviews the 4 key takeaways from that discussion.

Source: DocuSign
In today’s competitive recruiting market, healthcare organizations and staffing companies need to hire and onboard the best professionals while being nimble and efficient. Investing in digital healthcare tools will save you time and cut costs while delighting your candidates and improving your security and compliance.

Get this report and discover the top five use cases for digital healthcare staffing.

Applicant tracking systems (ATS)
Offer letters
Credentialing
Contracts
Onboarding

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.

 

Source: Olympus CELERIS
The site of care for many ear, nose and throat procedures is shifting from the hospital to outpatient settings. While physicians see advantages to moving procedures out of the hospital environment, they are also grappling with the rising costs of practicing otolaryngology and performing procedures in an office setting.

As this shift occurs, many physicians are seeking new innovations to reduce costs, perform at a higher level and offer care to larger numbers of patients.

This whitepaper features insights from three leading otolaryngologists about the challenges
facing their practices and how they're adopting a new, single-use approach to microdebridement to create a positive clinician and patient experience.

Key takeaways:

  • Challenges and opportunities of shifting ENT procedures to the office
  • How single-use microdebriders can expand the scope of ENT care delivered in-office and reduce cost of care

Source: Amwell
The U.S. is in the middle of widespread mental health crisis and there isn't enough help to go around. Nearly 40 percent of the country's population lives in a mental health professional shortage area. It's time for healthcare leaders to think differently about how these patients receive care.

Combining in-person, virtual and automated care to not only strengthen the patient experience but deliver better care with improved outcomes. Take a walk through a patient journey and see how care modalities are combined to create a seamless user experience within acute and outpatient settings, all the way to automated and virtual care in the home.

In this infographic you will walk through one patient’s behavioral health journey as they:

• Receive acute psychiatry care in the emergency department and in-patient unit
• Are entered into a virtual outpatient program
• Enter maintenance mode, including therapy at home, coaching, and self-directed care
• Trigger an escalation from automated to virtual care

Source: Salesforce
Healthcare organizations often struggle with data integration. It can be difficult to harmonize different sources and categories of data, adhere to rigid compliance requirements related to patient privacy, and manage the sheer volume and velocity of data growth.

However, data integration is more important than ever in healthcare, especially for marketers, who are looking to move away from relying on second- and third-party aggregated data to select target audiences. In the age of personalized, organic customer experiences, healthcare marketers are aiming to make their outreach strategies more individualized.

During a Becker’s webinar held in January and sponsored by Salesforce, data integration experts discussed the importance of having a HIPAA/GDPR-compliant customer data platform for driving more personalized engagement.

Download the whitepaper to learn how customer data platforms ​​help meet evolving marketing and user engagement needs by:

  • Delivering on expectations for personalization
  • Ensuring privacy
  • Providing trusted, compliant communication

Source: Hyland
The average healthcare organization stores 21 petabytes of data: roughly the equivalent of 20 million stuffed, four-drawer file cabinets. Yet, few hospitals and health systems can access and use the information when and where they need it.

As this already massive volume of data is expected to more than double in the next three years, many wonder how they will keep up.

Download this ebook, authored by IDC, for a powerful, visual look at trends, surveyed data, predictions and benefits.

Here's what you'll get:

  • The hottest topics among healthcare providers today
  • The benefits of connected content— and how to build your business case
  • The 9 key next steps to get you there

Source: ServiceNow
The mission of today's healthcare leaders is clear — support overburdened clinicians, improve the patient experience amid rising consumerism, and reduce costs while advancing clinical excellence. Digital tools can help, but there are open questions about how to best prioritize and leverage these solutions.

These 10 articles examine current challenges and opportunities in the healthcare experience. Collectively, they amount to actionable guidance for digital health investment. Articles include:

  • The top-rated hospitals for patient experience, state-by-state
  • Game-changing EHR improvements at Intermountain, UCLA, and 6 other systems
  • How one hospital CIO managed to grow his ranks during the pandemic

Source: Apixio
Prior authorization is a complex process by which payers determine the clinical appropriateness of procedures, prescriptions, and referrals. However, the current process is a significant drain on an already strained U.S. healthcare system costing between $23 and $31 billion a year. This is a big problem to tackle as it involves providers, payers, and patients.

Specifically, health plans are currently spending valuable time and resources manually reviewing authorizations, which is a time-consuming process that can delay treatments — or worse, be an obstacle to care. Not only this, but with manual reviews estimated costs between $20 to $50 per prior authorization clinical review.

This white paper outlines how payers can automate the prior authorization process to lower administrative burden and operational costs while enabling the delivery of faster, more efficient care.

Source: DIRECTV
Healthcare providers are using technology to help their patients make informed decisions, engage more effectively with caregivers, and reduce the incidence of readmission.

In this E-Book, you’ll learn five key trends affecting how providers give care and gain an understanding of how technology is turning passive purchasers into active healthcare consumers.

This E-Book explores the benefits of:

  • Online support communities
  • Self-monitoring apps and devices
  • Performance scorecards
  • Interactive online health education

Source: BioFourmis
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the growth of and proved the value of hospital at home programs. As of March 2022, 92 systems comprising 203 hospitals were approved to participate in CMS' Acute Hospital Care at Home Program. And it’s projected many more healthcare systems will follow as they look to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care.

The number of companies providing remote care software and services continues to grow, leaving hospitals with a myriad of options to consider as they navigate delivering acute care in the home. An AI-powered, FDA-cleared analytics engine capable of predicting clinical exacerbation is one platform component that many providers see as critical to effective remote patient management.

This insightful report outlines key success factors in developing a hospital at home program as well as how artificial intelligence and machine learning is accelerating the expansion of these programs.

Key learning points:

  • An overview of CMS requirements for its Acute Hospital Care at Home Program
  • How an end-to-end AI platform supports earlier interventions, thereby improving outcomes and lowering costs
  • Steps and considerations to adopt and scale an acute care at home solution

Source: Iris Telehealth
In a future where virtual care options are expected and not just “nice to have,” it’s time to make sure you’ve incorporated a formal, sustainable telepsychiatry program into your organization.

We put together this whitepaper to guide you through that process. It addresses:

  • Why you should consider telepsychiatry
  • Considerations for your needs assessment
  • The questions you should ask telepsychiatry vendors
  • How you can streamline program implementation

Whether you’re revamping your existing program or building one from the ground up, these insights can help you successfully go through this process and alleviate pressure on your EDs.

Source: Amwell
As we emerge from the pandemic, healthcare providers are reassessing their telehealth needs, with a focus on technology consolidation, enterprise solutions and a streamlined experience for patients and clinicians. That means starting with the EHR.

In this whitepaper, two health systems share how they leveraged Cerner and Amwell's strategic collaboration to bring telehealth and the EHR together. At Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio, embedding telehealth in the EHR helped the health system develop a virtual rooming process that strives to replicate the in-person care experience for its providers. University of Tennessee Medical Center recognized that an app-based program required separate patient logins. To circumvent this issue, in collaboration with Cerner and Amwell, UTMC implemented the embedded solution to streamline the patient experience — part of which included invites coming from text or email without additional app downloads or logins.

Read the whitepaper to learn:

  • How health systems are integrating telehealth into the EHR to streamline patient and provider experiences
  • How two health systems successfully brought telehealth and the EHR together
  • How telehealth should set its sights on integration across the care continuum

Source: NextGen
Orthopedic practices require robust interoperability workflows to support care, as interoperability services make it easier for orthopedic providers to receive referrals, retrieve updated medical records and exchange consultation notes with primary care providers. 

There are some unique interoperability considerations for orthopedic practices, so practices must take care to ensure they are choosing the right solutions. Download this article to learn the four interoperability keys for orthopedics.

In this article you'll learn why orthopedic interoperability workflows must consider:

  • Referrals and transitions of care
  • Imaging integrations
  • Unique device identifiers
  • Plug and play integrations

Source: CareSignal
Population health executives face two headwinds when trying to improve outcomes and lower costs: staffing challenges and ever-larger populations that require care management under value-based care models. Leaders at health systems and physician groups must extend proactive care to rising-risk populations to bend the cost curve, but need the proper tools to do so.

Discover how Midwest Health System transformed their care management strategy with Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring, centralized 24/7 care management teams, and streamlined workflows to reach more patients, faster, and with less resources. Over 35,000 patients participated and claims analyses showed a total medical cost reduction of over $30 million.

Read this case study to learn how to:

  • Overcome common cost, logistics, and enrollment challenges when scaling RPM to tens of thousands of patients by going Deviceless
  • Build an automated post-discharge workflow enabling outreach and enrollment to every patient, regardless of risk status, within 3 hours of discharge, with no lift from the care team
  • Help population health care managers manage 10x the national average patient caseload by transforming care management from a manual outbound call model to an automated inbound

Source: Savista
An EHR is one of the biggest investments a provider will make, costing millions, or even billions, of dollars. As organizations continue to seek rising efficiencies and decreasing cost, the need for a single technology becomes even more critical.

When bolting on additional technologies, it becomes nearly impossible to serve as a single point of data-based truth to the organization. With a properly implemented EHR, hospitals will see clearly defined performance and insights that facilitate better, faster decisions in the organization, compared to the lengthy process of compilation, validation and data debate.

Complete the form to get the whitepaper to learn how to:

  • Build long-term strategic partnerships that enhance the success of the EHR implementation.
  • Understand how to improve clinical outcomes, optimize operations, and enhance user and patient satisfaction through the EHR.
  • Discover best practices that result in timely billing, fewer denials, enhanced patient accessibility and overall improved customer satisfaction.

Source: Change Healthcare
In enterprise imaging, the cloud can enable an integrated, agile and secure approach to infrastructure — one that alleviates maintenance and update challenges, enables faster access to archives and empowers data and workflow innovations that drive better care.

But there’s a big difference between “cloud-based” and “cloud-native” platforms. For most healthcare organizations, a cloud-native solution provides superior benefits over tactics such as managed services or lift-and-shift to the cloud.

Download this visual white paper authored by Frost & Sullivan to discover cloud migration strategy success factors and learn:

  • Short- and long-term benefits that cloud-native can deliver that other cloud-based technologies cannot
  • Critical success factors for evaluating potential partners
  • Security and efficient data migration considerations
  • Business case considerations and ROI expectations

Source: TeamDynamix

Every competitive organization is on a mission to eliminate grunt work for their people. Onboarding, offboarding, name updates, user management and more: Most healthcare IT service desks spin their wheels when dealing with these procedural, repetitive tasks. Fortunately, it doesn’t need to stay this way.

A recent market study from InformationWeek and TeamDynamix took a pulse on the challenges and priorities IT professionals face right now, finding:
 
Only 8% of organizations operate with a level of maturity where their IT service management technology is fully optimized
The heavy reliance on IT to administer IT service management systems tops all challenges
A lack of automation was the second most challenge burdening teams, which was named by 41% of organizations
36% of organizations said one of their biggest challenges was in integration and workflow management.

Download this market study to read the full market report, benchmark against your peers, and to gain insight into how you can eliminate grunt work and reduce resource drain.

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper.

Source: InVita
Did you know that hospitals and suppliers lose up to $5 billion annually on implantable devices due to waste and ineffective supply chain processes? Why? Largely because supply chain managers and other stakeholders haven’t had the ability to see the big picture—wide data and implant lifecycle analytics.

Until now, disparate, and disconnected data created operational blind spots making cost control and efficiency unattainable.

If you want to reduce waste and recover resources, gaining 360-degree visibility is a good place to start. Software can help:

  • Identify the cost implications behind hidden data.
  • Aggregate data from across the implant lifecycle, including explants, recalls and warranty claims processing.
  • Automate processes and present key data in a meaningful way that help hospitals and health systems cut the substantial cost.
  • Make visible the information for enterprise-level strategies that lead to impressive bottom-line results.

Source: Premier
Innovation is becoming increasingly essential in healthcare operations, life sciences research and patient care. This change is leading institutions to take a new approach to healthcare that optimizes data, technology and analytics to transform the current system. PINC AITM is helping drive this transformation.

PINC AITM intelligence engine is a technology and services platform that leverages artificial intelligence, natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to produce evidence-based insights at the point of care. Premier's value-based care focuses on improving healthcare quality through technology tools, while PINC AITM's margin-improvement solutions find and eliminate unnecessary spending, waste and inefficiencies.

With PINC AITM, organizations face a more stable future through the optimization of data, technology, services and scale. Premier understands healthcare and has the tools, data and innovation to power the significant changes health systems need. PINC AITM solutions enable multiple technologies to work together to optimize performance and accelerate healthcare innovation.

Uncover new value with PINC AITM. Download our e-book now.

Source: Doximity
The rise in the adoption of telehealth reflects numerous health, demographic, economic and societal factors affecting physicians and consumers alike. Hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. are facing staffing shortages while demand for better access to healthcare increases, especially in rural communities.

With the uptick in the number of patients (55 percent in 2021, compared to 40 percent in 2020) reporting that telemedicine provides the same or better quality compared to in-person doctor visits, it’s clear that telemedicine, with its convenience and favorable cost/reimbursement, continues to deliver a much-needed solution to a host of healthcare challenges.

Download the full report and learn more about:

  • The 79 percent of patients who prefer to receive a notification when their provider is ready to see them, rather than wait in a virtual waiting room.
  • Mobile devices and why they are still the telehealth platform most preferred by patients.
  • Telemedicine platforms that optimize for audio-only patient access allow for more equitable provision of virtual care services.

Source: UiPath
Healthcare automation is progressing like never before—in terms of the technology itself and the ways it’s delivering new growth and profit.

UiPath gathered insights from analysts, partners, customers and its own marketing, sales, product, partnership and customer success teams to determine 10 key automation trends. These trends present a picture of the years to come, the many possibilities automation presents and what hospitals need to take to take advantage.

Download this whitepaper to learn how:

  • Task-based workflows are emerging as alternatives to business-application-based workflows
  • Semantic automation revolutionizes robotic process automation
  • CIOs are raising automation to the enterprise level

Source: Infermedica
With the pandemic blocking access to traditional healthcare, the world turned to digital tools. A survey of 2,000 patients who used digital health services revealed that symptom checkers and triage tools can solve numerous problems healthcare has struggled with for decades.

Download the whitepaper to learn more about these insights and the benefits of symptom checkers and triage tools for patients, providers and healthcare organizations.

The analyzed data and expert comments were compiled by Infermedica.

Whitepaper takeaways:

  • How to navigate patients to the right point of care using symptom checkers and triage tools
  • How patient data generated from symptom checkers can support medical consultations
  • Strategies to connect symptom checker users to provider booking systems

Source: Omnigo
Healthcare professionals face a higher incidence of workplace violence than any other workers in the U.S. To comply with regulatory requirements, healthcare facilities are required to effectively report, collect, monitor and analyze workplace safety and security data — and put that data to work with proactive prevention programs that improve safety and security.

This whitepaper will explain how the right safety and security management software can help healthcare organizations meet compliance standards and create a safer workplace.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • Best practices for establishing and demonstrating your environment of care
  • How complete, organized and easy-to-analyze data can help solve compliance challenges, track trends and create a safer environment
  • Compliance-supporting features to look for in security management software

Source: b.well
The pandemic has forced hospitals and health systems to rapidly integrate new technologies and engage with patients outside the four walls of the hospital. The pace of this technology adoption has highlighted the potential for a massive paradigm shift in care delivery and undermined misconceptions about the power of technology to expand care, improve workflows and meet patients where they are. The bottom line: Healthcare’s digital transformation has finally arrived, but it is far from over.

To discuss these trends, Becker’s Hospital Review and b.well® Connected Health — a healthcare technology company committed to transforming care — assembled a handful of hospital and health system executives for an advisory call. The conversation took place at the end of 2021 and also included participation from b.well® Connected Health’s founder and CEO Kristen Valdes. The following content is based on this conversation.

Article Highlights: 
  • EHR and digital front door solutions are not a digital transformation strategy
  • Cultivate a culture of urgency; New competitors are more consumer-savvy
  • Digital transformation defined; It’s about winning and retaining more patients for your system

Source: Safe & Reliable Healthcare and Vizient
Embedding the principles of high reliability can help address the complex problems healthcare organizations face, such as the current burnout crisis. When we increase consistency, mindfulness and resilience, patients get better care, and providers find greater joy in their work. This version of the Framework for High Reliability Healthcare represents the next step in guiding organizations on their high reliability journeys, giving teams the skills, behaviors, and activities to bring high reliability to life.

Learning points:

  • Understand the critical role culture and leadership play in establishing and sustaining a high reliability environment
  • Learn why it’s essential to integrate clinical, operational, and cultural data to get to the root of systemic problems that could cause harm
  • Discover why embracing continuous learning helps teams identify, implement, and sustain improvements that produce meaningful results
  • Appreciate the importance of a defined and evidence-based operating model for deploying and sustaining a high reliability strategy.
  • See how to foster individual and organizational mindfulness to identify risks early, reduce the chances for error, build community, and improve performance

Source: LeanTaaS
Over the last 18 months, the healthcare industry has faced a tidal wave of challenges: responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, adjusting to subsequent widespread staffing shortages, navigating exacerbated financial pressures and treating patients with accrued morbidity due to deferred care.

In December 2021, a diverse group of healthcare leaders from across the country met virtually at the Transform: Hospital Operations Virtual Summit to discuss how they are weathering the current storm by using technology to enhance capacity, streamline operations and provide outstanding care to patients.

This whitepaper offers key insights and best practices for these transformation efforts from leaders at Novant Health, Yale New Haven Health and Banner | Aetna. Learnings include:

  • How streamlining operations can support better care and expand health equity
  • How better data can build organizational resilience
  • Why true transformation requires a technology-first approach

Source: Notable Health
In late 2021, Notable convened a virtual roundtable of healthcare executives committed to advancing industry transformation through intelligent automation. This discussion was focused on the call center — more specifically, and perhaps controversially — what it would look like to eliminate the need for it.

This report outlines five key actions healthcare leaders must take to end the call center in its current form.

Download the report to learn:

  • The market forces that will continue to push healthcare towards touchless, self-service processes
  • How automation and digitization can address the most common roadblocks to seeking care, from registration to scheduling
  • Why intelligent automation must eliminate backend work in addition to optimizing frontend experiences

Source: Kontakt.io

The size and complexity of healthcare facilities often make it easy to lose organizational control over workflows, but location data can solve that for any facility.

Real Time Location Services and the Internet of Things (IoT) are powerful technologies enabling healthcare organizations to achieve new levels of operational efficiency while also improving the patient experience and clinical outcomes.

Key learning points:

  • How hospitals are benefiting from location data and IoT-enabled solutions
  • Determining which technologies your organization should prioritize
  • Real-world success stories of how U.S. healthcare systems are deploying these technologies

Source: ECRI
ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2022 Executive Brief is a must-read for everyone involved in healthcare. This report identifies critical healthcare technology issues that warrant urgent attention and offers practical recommendations for reducing risks.

This year's executive brief address high-priority problems in healthcare technology, including cybersecurity, supply chain disruption, medical device safety hazards and telehealth. The brief also discusses building stronger, more resilient processes by leveraging innovations and lessons learned during COVID-19.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • How persistent technology issues, including cybersecurity, can put patients at risk
  • How critical issues with medical devices can lead to medication errors and increase patient risk
  • How supply chain issues, artificial intelligence, personal protective equipment and telehealth may affect patients and staff
  • Steps to take to manage these risks and encourage safe healthcare technology use throughout your organization

Source: AvaSure
Estimates predict the U.S. will see a shortfall of more than half a million nurses by 2030, leaving serious implications for care quality and availability.

The pandemic sped up the timeline.

Now, the most proactive healthcare organizations are exploring initiatives to mitigate the effects of a growing labor shortage. Learn how central video monitoring enabled "virtual nurses" to support bedside nurses and uphold high standards of patient care amid a COVID-19 surge across Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System.

Key learning points:

  • The basic components of virtual care, including the easy-to-use technology involved to interact with patients and bedside staff
  • The policies and workflows that best support virtual nursing staff and make for easy implementation
  • How virtual nurses can use specialized care resources to alleviate existing staff

Source: Augmedix
Providers across the country in facilities large and small are struggling with staffing shortages. Stress from understaffing, long hours, and increasing administrative burdens have all played a part in staff burnout, turnover, and shortages-even before the pandemic. Physicians spend between a third to a half of the patient's visit looking at the computer screen instead of the patient. When physicians aren't actively engaged with the patient, they can miss critical details that could impact outcomes and the patient experience.

Many physicians have begun using virtual medical documentation specialists (MDS) in both hospitals and health systems as well as group practices. More than a scribe, an MDS is a tech-enabled assistant to the physician or nurse, leveraging automation technologies to capture real-time patient-provider conversations and convert them into precise medical documentation with appropriate context. Imagine how happy physicians could be if the documentation burden reduce time in the EHR and help manage:

  • Care Gaps and HCC reminders
  • Order tests, medications and labs
  • Work down backlogs of charting

Source: PowerObjects
At the onset of COVID-19, healthcare providers in the United States embarked on a most unusual journey. Hospitals were suddenly overwhelmed, while surgery centers and clinics offering preventive medicine went underutilized for weeks and months. What's followed is a dramatic, industrywide transformation powered by technology.

The emergence (and resurgence) of technology solutions — such as EHRs, telehealth and digital front doors to — helped deliver necessary support to an industry in crisis.

These 10 must-read Becker's articles offer a look into this unprecedented transformation. Readings include:

  • Yale New Haven Health saved 470 hours of nurses' time in 1 year with EHR tool
  • NewYork-Presbyterian CXO's: 7 principles to maintain relationships with patients in a world of transactions
  • 10 hospital innovation execs on how their role has evolved during the pandemic

Source: Securelink
For healthcare organizations, patient data is the most critical and highly valued asset — which makes it a prime target for hackers and bad actors. To make matters more complicated, a hacker’s preferred method of attack is also what healthcare facilities heavily rely on for daily operations: third parties.

Now is a pivotal moment for improving critical access management, which is a vital step in
monitoring and securing third-party access. In this white paper, you’ll not only learn why the risk posed by third parties is particularly high, but also how to protect your organization’s data.

Download this white paper to learn:

  • The current state of third-party security among healthcare organizations
  • The unique challenges around access rights that the healthcare sector faces
  • How critical access management can mitigate the risk of third-party threat

Source: eVideon

At the center of every hectic hospital emergency department are patients and their families, simply wanting to know what's going on. While caregivers do their best to provide new information as rapidly as possible, this can be a challenge.

Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital is working to improve communication and patient experience in the ED via the use of digital patient whiteboards. In a recent study conducted by the hospital, 96 percent of participants preferred a room with a digital whiteboard, saying that it improved communication throughout their stay and left them feeling more knowledgeable about what to do post-discharge.

Download this whitepaper to learn how the Brigham team used digital whiteboards in the ED to:

  • Display personalized, real-time education and information to patients and loved ones throughout their stay
  • Integrate with the EMR to automate clinical workflow and remove administrative tasks for clinicians
  • Customize in-room communication to increase portal enrollment, streamline scheduling, and improve care coordination

Source: Arthur J Gallagher

In recent years, multiple incidents at healthcare organizations have shown that ransomware attacks can bring down systems, interfere with patient care, damage reputation and interrupt the revenue earning capability of an organization.

Forward-thinking leaders understand that taking cyber risk into account when making investments and setting strategies is the most successful path to using data and technology in their healthcare business.

Cyber Risk is Everywhere, Make Sure it’s Part of Your Healthcare Business Strategy provides valuable context and detailed insights to help your organization:

  • Assess specific cyber threats to the healthcare industry
  • Understand the underwriting landscape for different cyber risk
  • Make cyber risk a key consideration in your business planning and strategy

Source: SAI360
In healthcare, compliance is as critical to business success as it is to risk management. Quantifying the role compliance plays in business strategy can help address one of the greatest challenges that healthcare compliance officers face: flat or shrinking budgets in the face of ever-increasing expectations.

Stagnant compliance budgets aren’t just a barrier to effective regulatory management, they can also pose regulatory risks. To ensure programs receive full leadership support and adequate resources, healthcare organizations must understand the value of their compliance programs in terms of return on investment.

Read this whitepaper to learn:

  • Essential ROI-driving factors for a comprehensive compliance program
  • How to better position your program to receive adequate support and resources
  • The key roles that configurability and analytics play

Source: PerfectServe

Enterprise-wide provider scheduling can help optimize your workforce, improve healthcare operations, drive efficiency and ROI, and increase provider satisfaction. Understand essential use cases for enterprise resource scheduling software and learn the key questions you should ask when considering technology vendors.

Topics covered include:

  • The value of an enterprise-wide scheduling solution
  • Three questions to ask when auditing your scheduling workflows
  • Key considerations when evaluating technology vendors

Source: Futura Healthcare
Goliaths are abundant in healthcare IT and size is often the source of their greatest strength. However, it may also be their greatest weakness.

A growing number of hospitals are evaluating the advantages of IT outsourcing as they look to ease financial pressures and free up internal resources while maintaining quality patient care.

This white paper highlights the benefits of an IT partner that offers speed, agility and flexibility, much like David exhibited when battling Goliath.

In this white paper you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of outsourcing your healthcare technology to a trusted partner.
  • 5 Insights for Choosing a healthcare IT partner in 2022
  • Behaviors that trustworthy partners exhibit.

Source: Optum
One thing remains clear after four years of Optum’s annual survey on artificial intelligence in healthcare: the state of healthcare-focused AI remains strong.

Gain access to all the insights in the 2021 special report, and see why an overwhelming 98 percent of healthcare leaders say their organization either has or is planning to implement an AI strategy.

Get experts’ perspectives on how AI can deliver practical benefits, including:

  • Achieving health equity goals
  • Automating workflows
  • Gaining tangible cost savings

Source: Cerner
Digital medical records are now essential to care delivery and executing healthcare operations. While the EHR has become indispensable, in many cases, it does not offer clinicians true usability due to confusing workflows and a lack of interoperability across technology systems and data repositories.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for greater interoperability in healthcare. The nation’s pandemic response required health systems, labs, public health entities and payers to share information rapidly. These efforts were effective to a degree, but in many swaths of the country, the public health information technology infrastructure fell short.

Source: BSI Group
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of the healthcare industry's heavy reliance on digital health. Amid the rapid adoption of telehealth and a broad shift to remote work for many employees, healthcare organizations around the world have experienced the havoc a cyberattack can cause and the subsequent impact on wider society.

While the societal and organizational risks are high, some of the mitigation techniques can be reassuringly simple. This paper provides a wealth of advice and support to help organizations adapt to these threats and improve their cybersecurity posture and resilience.

Source: TransUnion
Artificial intelligence presents healthcare organizations a significant opportunity to automate parts of the revenue cycle, benefiting both health systems and patients. The question is: How do you integrate AI in a way that ensures clinical and operational success?

During a virtual roundtable at Becker's Sixth Annual Health IT + RCM conference, three revenue cycle experts attempted to answer that question. Download this 5-point report to get a breakdown of their insights.

Learnings include:

  • How to scale up automation initiatives
  • How to drive greater efficiency through technology
  • How to translate AI investments into real value

Source: Notable Health
Payers have required healthcare providers to obtain prior authorizations for some time. But the volume and complexity of this practice has reached an inflection point within the last five years. Patients, providers, and revenue cycle staff recognize that the status quo is unsustainable.

This whitepaper describes how typical approaches to prior authorization fall short and why intelligent automation enables revenue cycle leaders to address this challenge at scale.

Download the whitepaper to learn:

  • The five most common pitfalls to avoid in prior authorization automation
  • What questions to ask of potential automation partners
  • How revenue cycle staff can more successfully obtain prior authorizations the first time and prevent costly back-and-forth

Source: Coverys
As medicine and technology continue to evolve, taking a step back to consider key areas of potential exposure is essential to mitigate risk. The latest Coverys Red Signal Report: Spotlight on Telehealth provides insight into the use of telehealth and telemedicine, tips to help healthcare providers develop and implement successful telemedicine programs, and risk recommendations to help you improve patient safety and reduce malpractice exposure.

Source: Philips
Healthcare is entering a new era of opportunity in connected care. Health systems that realize the full benefits of interoperability and cybersecurity are better positioned to take their connected care strategy to the next level, but challenges remain in terms of moving data securely across multiple platforms, systems and vendors.

Download this whitepaper to learn why interoperability and cybersecurity are critical health system investments. You’ll learn:

  • How health systems can leverage interoperability and cybersecurity to help increase clinical confidence, optimize clinical and operational workflows, and extend care delivery
  • Where cybersecurity risks lie
  • How health systems are using interoperability to drive better patient care

Source: Bright.md
In this guide, we review the origins of asynchronous telehealth, common misconceptions and key learnings from implementing asynchronous technology.

Download this guide now for:

  • Reasons why leading health systems implemented asynchronous telehealth as a key tool for improving care delivery
  • Learnings from the origins of asynchronous telehealth
  • Common misconceptions of asynchronous technology, debunked
  • Ways to measure the value of implementing an asynchronous solution

Source: TRIMEDX
Hospital operating margins are under strain. A shortage of qualified technicians presents challenges. Medical devices increasingly are being connected to the internet while healthcare cybersecurity breaches are rising. Overlooked among these pressures and others is the scope of what a technology-enabled clinical asset management solution provides, new research suggests. By combining a robust understanding of device inventory with comprehensive clinical engineering and powerful analytics, healthcare systems can curb operating expenses and avoid unnecessary capital expenditures while ensuring medical device availability and supporting overall patient safety.

Through this white paper, we examine the Fidelum Partners research that explores the awareness, perceived value, and use of medical device management services by healthcare executives.

Source: Consensus
When healthcare achieves true interoperability, patient care will be more personalized and value driven. However, the industry is still reliant on antiquated modes of information sharing like paper fax.

In a 2021 Healthcare Industry Trends Survey of more than 1,300 healthcare organizations, 61 percent of respondents said they still use paper fax to transmit patient data. More surprising is that 56 percent of them believe fax will remain a valuable, or even dominant communication method over the next 5 years.

While paper fax won't disappear overnight, once converted into digital documents, technologies can be applied to provide meaningful, analytics-ready data, which can then be submitted into an EHR and consumed within an efficient workflow, supporting true interoperability.

Read the paper to learn how to:

  • Improve healthcare data exchange
  • Streamline providers' workflows
  • Meet regulatory pressures

Source: ServiceNow
Much like the practice of medicine, technology is constantly evolving. In healthcare, the health IT landscape is being reimagined to better meet the needs of providers and the expectations of patients amid the pandemic and the rise of virtual care.

These 10 must-read articles examine healthcare in the digital era and include CIO predictions about the future of health IT in the next five years, digital health investment red flags, and a look at the use of technology at leading organizations like Cleveland Clinical and Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger.

Healthcare's digital era has arrived. Here's what you need to know.

Source: Hospital IQ
Perioperative leaders share one primary goal: to utilize operating rooms to the fullest potential. They can’t do this while relying on manual resources to collect, integrate and analyze data that drives OR utilization improvement.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn how artificial intelligence-enabled predictive analytics and workflows can make your organization more strategic and proactive. By delivering up-to-date information and actionable recommendations, these technologies can improve OR block utilization while reducing staff overtime and costs.

Download this whitepaper to learn how predictive analytics can:

  • Improve surgeon access to OR time
  • Align OR staff to surgical demand
  • Grow surgical volume 

Source: Hyland
The potentially disastrous consequences of losing access to critical data and systems is clear, especially for healthcare organizations. In recognizing the need to future-proof operations to be flexible, agile to change and provide for disaster recovery, healthcare providers are increasingly seeing the value in shifting to cloud-based content services.

Download this free ebook to discover:

  • Why healthcare organizations are choosing to move their content services to the cloud
  • How to prioritize your cloud projects effectively
  • Quantifiable and additional benefits of cloud deployment
  • ROI assessment results for three healthcare organizations 

Source: Olive
As the need to streamline workflows, reduce staff administrative burden and expand access to care grows in healthcare, the workforce needs support — and many are looking to emerging technologies for the answer. At the center of this is cybernetics.

Cybernetics forms a communication loop between humans and technology to elevate the work of healthcare professionals. Executives from systems around the country told Olive and Becker's Healthcare that tapping these technologies unlocks a path to a human-centric approach that uses cybernetics to enhance jobs, not eliminate them.

Learning points:

  • Learn about the foundations of cybernetics and how it uses technology to form efficient workflows.
  • Analyze avenues for technological investment and new means to enhance the ROI of human productivity.
  • Hear firsthand accounts of how health systems are using cybernetics to improve efficiency, improve efficiency, provide real time intelligence to the workforce and reduce errors.
  • Learn how this new technology can reduce the overall burden and burnout of workers without workflow disruption, freeing up their capacity to focus on more important things such as patient care.

Source: AKASA
Artificial intelligence and machine learning bring the next level of resilient automation to healthcare revenue cycle operations. And for good reason: they have the potential to ease the increasing strains placed on the revenue cycle by The Great Resignation and the chaos created by the pandemic.

By downloading this ebook, you’ll learn how automation can improve the healthcare revenue cycle. The ebook contains six must-reads that explain how automation can cut waste and which AI-driven tools are best for your organization.

In this ebook, you’ll learn:

  • How automation can save your organization time and resources spent on repetitive tasks
  • How connecting quality, finance and analytics can improve outcomes across your organization
  • Which AI tools best improve the revenue cycle

Source: Allscripts
Health systems are undergoing unprecedented change due to the pandemic, telehealth boom and rise of remote work. They’re also grappling with rising consumerism, price transparency and evolving reimbursement policies and regulatory requirements.

Although healthcare has traditionally been slow to evolve, the past 18 months have shown that rapid change is possible. As health systems prepare for the future, many are evaluating new EHR systems.

To better understand the past, present and future of EHRs, Becker’s Hospital Review recently spoke with leaders from Mercy Iowa City and Allscripts.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn:

  • Which EHR goals to have
  • How to negotiate a successful EHR contract
  • How to choose an EHR that can accommodate new technologies and care delivery models

Source: Zipnosis
The Digital Front Door® solution is the answer to a more convenient, accessible, consumer-grade care experience in healthcare. It’s a health system’s digital entry point to help connect providers and patients across any service line or use case.

It’s time to open the door for care built for consumers.

Learning Points

  • Increase patient acquisition and reduce patient leakage
  • Using patient reacquisition to address delayed and avoided care
  • Accelerate top-line revenue generation
  • Route and triage patients efficiently

Source: Bright.md
The use of telehealth skyrocketed during COVID-19 and the trend is here to stay. In fact, 83 percent of patients say they are likely to continue using telemedicine post-pandemic, while 75 percent said they expect virtual care offerings to be a standard part of their care moving forward.

What does this mean for the future of care? Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • How COVID-19 has shifted consumer expectations around access to care
  • What key trends should be considered when assessing virtual tools for your organization
  • What’s needed to develop a truly sustainable approach to hybrid care in 2021

Source: Rectangle Health
As practices watched their patient volume rapidly decrease and physical therapy appointment cancellations soar, administrators, physicians, and staff had difficult decisions to make about how they would proceed with providing care. In this paper, you’ll learn how leaders in the orthopedic space helped their organizations come to realize the value of technology and how they will continue to embrace it.

Source: Nuance
The shift from volume- to value-based care has been underway for years. To achieve this transformation, CMS and commercial payers have developed means to quantify and incentivize quality outcomes through clinical documentation.

The clerical burden associated with clinical documentation often falls too heavily on individual physicians tasked with accurately documenting conditions at the point of care. This documentation occurs in the EHR, requires time and attention, and can undermine the human element of care delivery as clinicians’ focus is pulled away from the patient in front them toward a digital screen.

This white paper exams the current medical coding landscape and offers insights into how technology can simplify coding complexity.

Source: Salesforce
This white paper will help you select and scale a business model for your patient services program and enable your organization to deliver effective support that patients now expect.

Download this white paper to learn how your life science organization can:

  • Evaluate different patient services programs
  • Understand how to get started in-house
  • Scale your program with your business

Source: Leantaas
The art of managing schedules while maximizing capacity in operating rooms, inpatient units and infusion centers has been a key focus for healthcare executives over the past year.

Artificial intelligence can be a solution to healthcare's capacity conundrum, as it allows leaders to efficiently manage critical resources while using predictive and prescriptive analytics to forecast what's to come.

A recent virtual summit hosted by Becker's Hospital Review and LeanTaaS addressed how technology and perioperative "systemness" can improve hospital operations, now and in the future. Perspectives from leaders at some of the nation's leading health systems, including Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health and New York City-based Mount Sinai, were shared during the summit.

Access the top takeaways to know in this whitepaper. 

Source: FormStack
No-code tools are on the brink of changing the way providers and back office staff work—from automating repetitive, time-consuming patient data entry to empowering staff to build entirely new processes in minutes. Adding no-code tools to your tech stack can enable workers of all technical levels to achieve great results with less time, money, resources, and infrastructure.

Ready to learn how no-code tools can help your hospital or medical practice work smarter? In this guide, you will learn:

  • How no-code workflows can transform your healthcare organization
  • How to add the power of no-code to your health tech stack

Source: Caregility
Today's healthcare and long-term care facilities must balance the tasks of providing high-quality care, maintaining labor costs and lowering liability risks. The COVID-19 pandemic added to those demands with rapidly changing regulations and a renewed focus on customer sentiment.

Consequently, care facilities are now prioritizing tech-based solutions.

In particular, artificial intelligence can be applied to the video recordings taken in most hospital patient rooms to better categorize alarms related to movement in those rooms. AI-assisted Augmented Video Analysis (AVA) systems can provide additional information and data to hospital decision-makers, resulting in more accurate warnings and alerts, among other benefits.

In this white paper, you’ll learn how:

  • AI and machine learning work hand-in-hand with video systems
  • Advanced Video Analytics systems function in a hospital room
  • Patient privacy can be protected using AVA systems
  • Using AVA systems can benefit patient care and your bottom line

Source: VitelNet
After monumental adoption of telehealth in 2020, health systems will need to continue focusing on their ability to actively and accurately evaluate and improve provider and patient experiences, operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Their ability to do so effectively will determine the level of success an organization achieves at seamlessly and effectively integrating telehealth into its overall clinical delivery strategy and workflows.

Our analysis examines the challenges and available solutions in leveraging data analytics and business intelligence for three main organizational domains: Clinical, Operational/IT, and Administrative/Executive.

  • Meeting current and future expectations for care delivery in virtual environments
  • Defining success for operational, administrative, and clinical domains
  • Leveraging telehealth business intelligence to optimize efficiency and improve the patient experience

Source: Amwell
While Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, one of the largest providers in the West, is already known for the scope of its telehealth services, it's not stopping there. Intermountain continues to strive for innovation, with a clear vision for its virtual care offerings.

This case study covers how the health system:

  • Embedded telehealth throughout the enterprise to cover the full spectrum of care across home and hospital settings
  • Seamlessly integrated telehealth within its operations and care delivery
  • Partnered with Amwell on a series of key integrations involving the patient portal, the EHR, and hospital room TVs

Source: Optum
New and existing players are breaking boundaries in healthcare with digitally enabled capabilities that deliver unique value propositions. Healthcare leaders preparing for life in the post-pandemic world are searching for ways to succeed with digital.

We researched these emerging digital disruptors and analyzed them for the breadth of their offerings and presence in the consumer and/or business marketplace.

As leaders, you want to make the right decisions to secure your place in the competitive landscape regionally and globally. Achieving that level of digital dexterity provides an opportunity to delight customers and achieve provider objectives. In so doing, you’ll achieve your organization’s goals for market leadership, differentiation, clinical revenue and margin.

Download our white paper today to understand where you and your competition fall in the following categories:

  • Niche disruptors
  • Digital enablers
  • Game changers
  • Transformation accelerators

Source: Solutionreach
Healthcare organizations have experienced lost revenue of up to 50 percent over the last year. The time to recoup revenue is now, but poor patient communication and a broken appointment workflow can lead to late cancellations, no-shows and other revenue disruptions.

The appointment workflow of old can't support the needs of today's patients and health systems. Download this guide to learn how to optimize patient appointments.

Source: Hyland 
COVID-19 has radically changed diagnostic imaging services for healthcare providers. This whitepaper shares how enterprise imaging can drive improved agility and performance for imaging services and set the strategic direction for healthcare providers to adapt and thrive in a post-pandemic market.

Key learnings:

  • How the pandemic exposed frailties in legacy systems
  • The consequential health IT changes required to address these challenges
  • How enterprise imaging can drive improved agility and performance for imaging services

Source: RealTime Medical Systems
A significant amount of post-acute costs for accountable care organizations and CMS's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative come from skilled nursing facilities. Reducing a patient's length of stay across the entire care continuum can significantly lower the overall cost of care, as can eliminating a hospital readmission.

This white paper outlines the opportunity for acute and post-acute care providers to leverage interventional analytics to risk-stratify patients, standardize care and embed best practices across the
network.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • How live data improves network performance
  • How interventional analytics can prevent readmissions and improve length of stay
  • The importance of risk stratification and standardization throughout the care continuum
  • The qualities of a successful partnership between acute and post-acute players

Source: League
The healthcare landscape changes by the day, leaving many providers scrambling to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and competing with tech giants like Amazon and Google. Competing in the digital space. Competing in the mobile space. And ultimately competing for attention and engagement.

This landscape leaves plenty of questions to be answered: How should healthcare organizations approach digital transformation? What should they consider when designing a next-generation consumer experience? How will they drive engagement? And how can they do it quickly?

Source: IMO
Whether you refer to it as data normalization, data standardization or data harmonization, there’s no denying its importance when it comes to patient information.

Download this whitepaper for a closer look at why data normalization is needed, the downstream impact of data loss in healthcare, and how adding a robust terminology layer to the process can help solve data quality problems before they even arise.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn:

  • The critical link between data quality and data standardization
  • Why standardizing clinical data can be such a challenge
  • The foundational role of terminology in healthcare data

Source: Coverys
As medicine and technology continue to evolve, taking a step back to consider key areas of potential exposure is essential to mitigate risk. The latest Coverys Red Signal Report: Spotlight on Telehealth provides insight into the use of telehealth and telemedicine, tips to help healthcare providers develop and implement successful telemedicine programs, and risk recommendations to help you improve patient safety and reduce malpractice exposure.

Source: Olive
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the healthcare industry, and its impact spans across functional areas. From enhancing clinical treatments to automating critical business processes, AI is advancing medicine by improving outcomes and patient satisfaction.

It's also elevating the efficiency and effectiveness of the workforce.
No, AI is not replacing humans. But it is easing administrative burdens and allowing staff to tackle higher-value work and collaborate with teams and patients.

Source: Allscripts
As the pandemic took hold across the globe, it became clear to healthcare organizations and their patients that “care delivery as usual” had to change, even as progress is made in managing and treating COVID-19.

What once was an option for convenience soon became a necessity, and the entire spectrum of healthcare has been affected. From adopting the technology platforms to strengthen virtual care best practices, to embracing clinicians’ “webside” manner, telehealth is calling for a new path forward and it is going to be increasingly important for all members of the healthcare industry to remain open and innovative in the face of these new challenges.

In this whitepaper, industry experts illuminate key components of adopting and deploying a telehealth strategy in the face of COVID-19, a strategy that will also reach patients where they are and deliver the care they expect as consumers. Regardless of how we combat the pandemic, telehealth has already proven to be a vital piece of many organizations’ care delivery models, and this whitepaper lays out how to develop the best strategy for achieving success in this new world of healthcare.

Source: Ergotron
Healthcare organizations have intensified their focus on combating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

To support infection prevention efforts, the industry is now beginning to leverage tech to reduce the room for error. How? By adding in automated pathogen reduction technology as a supplement to existing cleaning protocols.

Source: Keysight Technologies
Intense cyberattacks continue to plague healthcare providers, with threats including phishing, data breaches and ransomware.

HIPAA was enacted to create national standards to protect sensitive patient health information, and many hospitals face fines for noncompliance. In this webinar, you’ll learn how a leading healthcare provider upgraded its security response and preparedness to comply with HIPAA and protect valuable patient data.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why ransomware, phishing and data breaches are key attack vectors in healthcare
  • Why compliance with HIPAA is federally mandated to protect patient records
  • How Keysight provides solutions to comply with HIPAA and technologies to respond to cybersecurity threats

Source: Notable Health
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most health systems expect a permanent increase in telehealth visit volumes compared to pre-COVID lows. The widespread implementation of telehealth has introduced a number of new operational challenges, from providing technical support to patients, to collecting co-pays and balances from patients who don’t enter the office, to streamlining provider workflows to seamlessly integrate in-person and virtual visits.

This whitepaper shares best practices for using automation and AI to increase telehealth self-pay collections and reimbursements and streamline manual virtual visit workflows, all while providing a delightful experience for patients.

Download the guide to learn:

  • A proven 3-step strategic framework for using automation to improve virtual visit efficiency
  • 6 workflows across the patient journey that can be automated to increase telehealth program efficiency and revenue capture
  • Best practices for avoiding increased staff busywork and reduced provider efficiency from telehealth visits

Source: Notable Health
According to Gartner, over half of healthcare providers will invest in automation over the next three years. By automating manual workflows, health systems can improve staff efficiency, decrease provider burnout, and modernize the patient experience - all while increasing revenue capture and reducing cost-to-collect.

This whitepaper shares strategies and best practices from automation technology adopters like Intermountain Healthcare on maximizing ROI across patient, clinical, and RCM workflow automation.

Download the guide to learn:

  • An overview of robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in healthcare, and how they can be used to power workflow automation
  • How to prioritize which workflows to automate and how to measure the ROI on automation
  • How to assess different automation partners and platforms based on your organization’s technical maturity and area of focus for automation
  • How to build and scale an agile approach to launching and iterating on automated workflows
  • Examples of how leading health systems have automated patient access, population health, and revenue cycle management workflows with Notable

Source: CyberMaxx
Threat detection and response is top of mind for healthcare organizations facing increasingly aggressive ransomware attacks. So, what is MDR (managed detection and response) and how does proper integration improve its efficacy?

This quick-read report lays it out. It covers:

  • The evolution of threat detection and response
  • How to separate fact from fictitious vendor assertions in such a crowded market
  • The next generation of MDR with a three-pronged approach to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks

Source: Interlace Health
The partnership between King’s Daughters Medical Center, Meditech and Interlace Health began over 20 years ago.

Over that time, they learned that integration between Interlace Health and Meditech is crucial to KDMC as the health system strives to eliminate human error, standardize processes, and accelerate consent completion.
While paper consents get lost or must be carried around in a paper chart until they are scanned into the EHR, Interlace Health’s eConsent forms are instantly archived into Meditech.

With Interlace Health, KDMC has decreased forms by 60 percent and now has more meaningful interactions with patients.

Source: Masimo
The pandemic gave healthcare technology leaders the greenlight to swiftly roll out virtual care solutions, driving the widespread adoption and expansion of telehealth platforms.

Emerging remote monitoring solutions are taking patient engagement to the next level while increasing provider access to essential clinical information.

These 9 must-reads examine the regulatory environment, emerging monitoring solutions and what hospital innovation chiefs want from health IT.

Source: Consensus Signal
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Winchester Hospital IPA share best practices they deployed in their real-time electronic ADT notifications implementations – improving communication with their care partners and closing care gaps with their patients.

Read this paper to learn how you too can use ADT notifications to:

  • Enhance digital interoperability to improve care coordination, and health outcomes
  • Streamline staff workflows and solve other transitions of care challenges
  • Roll out ADT notifications without over burdening your in-house IT resources

Source: Hyland
The COVID-19 pandemic has widened the cracks in IT infrastructure and hampered healthcare organizations' abilities to serve the needs of remote workers, patients and members. This issue grows more complex when you consider that 75 percent of patient data needed for operations sits outside of core systems and this data is growing by more than 50 percent each year. How can you provide for enterprise agility to deal with future pandemics and meet your clinical, financial and operational goals?

Source: Change Healthcare
By 2023, APIs will transform healthcare as providers and payers harness the technology to share and activate patient and financial data, according to new research commissioned by Change Healthcare. While 9 in 1 executives say APIs are quite important or mission-critical, less than a quarter are currently using APIs at scale. Download this research report to better understand the usage, barriers, and benefits associated with APIs for different healthcare entities, and why embracing the technology today is essential.

Source: Hyland
Although the delivery and accessibility of remote healthcare services remains a priority for providers and patients, many hospitals still struggle with interoperability – a key element in connected healthcare. A recent HIMSS Market Intelligence research report revealed that hurdles, such as unstructured content, still blocked healthcare from achieving its health information technology (HIT) interoperability goals.

Read this whitepaper to learn about the challenges uncovered in the recent HIMSS survey and how to address them including:

• What stands in the way of HIT interoperability success
• How to bridge interoperability gaps surfaced by the pandemic
• Solutions for healthcare content and images that improve interoperability

Source: Smith+Nephew
Hospital-acquired pressure injuries — or HAPIs — may be the nation’s most persistent hospital-acquired condition, increasing even as most other injuries have declined – sometimes dramatically.

This whitepaper summarizes key findings from several of those studies, such as:

  • Institutions using the LEAF System reported reductions of sacrococcygeal HAPIs by up to 85%
  • Adherence with institutional turn protocols – critical to prevent HAPIs – rose by up to 95% at institutions using the LEAF System.
  • Hospitals using the LEAF System avoided up to $1.4 million in HAPI costs and reported HAPI treatment ROI of up to $3.4 million.

Source: Jvion
Aligning the right resources to effectively address social determinants of health remains a challenge for healthcare organizations. This guide will share how payers and providers can leverage prescriptive clinical artificial intelligence to tackle social determinants at both the individual and community level and reduce barriers to care.

Download the whitepaper to learn:

  • The limitations of data and risk scores for actioning SDOH.
  • How AI can save millions by helping target beneficial investments for socially vulnerable communities.
  • How AI inferences and recommendations can lead to more productive conversations with patients about potential barriers to health.

Source: MobileSmith Health
Hospitals have been slammed by the double-whammy of higher costs for treating COVID-19 patients and the loss of revenue from delayed in-hospital tests and procedures. But as COVID-19 vaccine availability widens, some healthcare organizations are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Those that are forward-thinking have begun closely examining post-pandemic operations, looking at mobile apps as an avenue to capture greater revenue and boost patient satisfaction.

This whitepaper will explore:

  • How mobile apps can improve patient care and provider revenue
  • Cost pressures facing providers currently and post-COVID-19
  • How patient non-compliance harms revenue
  • The prevalence of smartphones and use of technology during the pandemic

Source: Ergotron
Virtual visits grew exponentially because of the pandemic, and the widespread adoption of telehealth will have lasting effects on the healthcare ecosystem. Because of that, healthcare leadership teams are rethinking the physical environment to best serve patients, families caregivers and staff.

In this white paper, you’ll learn how to integrate technology and equipment with the physical environment by:

  • Determining the specific needs of your facility and team to gain buy-in
  • Reconfiguring your existing space to make technology use easy, safe and efficient
  • Implementing ergonomic solutions into the care environment with ongoing evaluation

Source: ServiceNow
The latest data from the Change Healthcare 2020 Revenue Cycle Denials Index shows denial rates are climbing, up 23% over Change Healthcare’s 2016 Denial Index. The report analyzed over 102 million hospital transactions across more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals from July 2019 - June 2020 and found that while denials continue to climb, the majority are avoidable and revenue loss that is occurring is preventable.

Source: Allscripts
Healthcare organizations must be nimble and ready to adapt as they navigate a new world of healthcare delivery, an ever-evolving regulatory landscape and a new breadth of health IT strategies.

Key points include:

  • How IT is evolving and why organizations need to adapt to a new world of healthcare delivery
  • The top five drivers of change in healthcare
  • The keys to success for changing times in healthcare

Source: Amwell
In 2019, Augusta (Ga.) University Health, an academic medical center, rolled out a grant-funded program to provide telemedicine emergency services at six rural hospitals in Georgia with two major goals in mind: to improve care in rural communities and keep their hospitals financially viable. By the summer of 2020, COVID-19 caused AU Health to shift this tele-ER program to provide critical care consults to patients with the virus or other chronic conditions who could not be transferred to higher levels of care.

Source: Vituity
ED telehealth programs have gained significant traction in the last 12 months and are being leveraged at health systems nationwide to augment traditional care delivery models. While not all the innovations developed during COVID-19 will remain relevant, virtual emergency care models that enhance a patient-centric experience and improve accessibility will endure.

In this whitepaper, we explore:

  • Reducing wait times with virtual providers in triage.
  • Ensuring continuity of care with virtual follow-up for discharged patients.
  • Improving clinician satisfaction and reducing hospital admissions with virtual patient navigation.

Source: InVita Healthcare Technologies
Tissue and medical device implants offer significant benefits to patients, as well as the hospitals and surgical centers that implant them. However, the potentially life-saving benefits of implants come at a hefty price.

Fortunately, there is an innovative platform that integrates the complete implant lifecycle and provides enterprise analytics. The platform’s increased supply chain visibility can help hospitals and health systems enhance patient safety, regulatory compliance and operational efficiency while improving the economics of healthcare.

Source: Notable Health
Evolving patient expectations have forced health systems to rethink how they digitally engage patients. In 2021, touchless digital registration and intake has emerged as a mission critical priority for providers.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • 6 essential strategies for designing and implementing a digital front door that patients love
  • Common pitfalls that delay development and reduce adoption of patient engagement solutions
  • How Notable uses robotic process automation and AI to power digital intake experiences with over 80% pre-visit completion and 97% patient satisfaction
  • How to reduce call volume by automating pre-visit patient registration
  • How modernizing patient intake can help optimize revenue cycle management

Source: NeuroFlow
Health systems have wrestled with thin margins for decades. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, it has become even more difficult to hold the line on costs while also shoring up revenue.

The good news is that organizations that champion behavioral health integration — or BHI — can accomplish both goals.

In this new report from NeuroFlow, you’ll learn how tech-enabled BHI — or tBHI — can help your organization:

  • Achieve cost savings and increase revenue
  • Reduce patient leakage and strengthen patient engagement
  • Vaccine appointment reminder check-list

Source: PatientPing
The deadline for hospitals to comply with the May 1, 2021 e-notifications CoP included in CMS’s Interoperability & Patient Access Rule is quickly approaching.

Download Part 1 of the Route to Compliance eBook Series for:

  • An overview of the CMS E-notifications CoP and all requirements included
  • Survey results revealing hospital CIO familiarity with the CMS rule
  • An assessment framework for hospitals and CIOs to find compliance solutions
  • E-notification solutions available to guarantee full CoP compliance for hospitals 

Hospital Finance
Source: Waystar
Automating healthcare payments is more important than ever, from reducing manual touch points to limiting human error. So why does automation often fall short?

All automation is not created equal.

Some solutions are flawed. Some simply require extra expertise. But there is good news: The fixes exist. This eBook will give you tips on how to avoid four common mistakes technologies make while also exploring:

  • Estimation rates and accuracy
  • Common flaws in prior authorization
  • Tips for proactive revenue monitoring
  • A 6-step checklist for denials automation

Source: Waystar  
Denials are one of the biggest pain points for hospitals and health systems. When 63% of denied claims are recoverable but rarely reworked, the challenge — and revenue lost — is clear. In any other industry, that level of loss would be unacceptable. Yet many healthcare organizations don't have the time, money, or resources to work denials thoroughly.

Many health systems are turning to automation to tackle healthcare's thorniest issues, and denials are no exception. With the right solution, organizations can achieve a 72% reduction in their denial rate. This free eBook outlines four steps organizations can take to dramatically reduce denials, boost revenue, and lighten workload for overburdened employees. 

You'll learn strategies to:

 
  • Prevent front-end denials using data
  • Optimize claim submission with speed and accuracy
  • Respond to denials with data-driven intelligence
  • Deliver a plan for long-term improvement

Source: CorroHealth
As hospital and health system leaders hone their growth strategies this year, it's essential they have a keen understanding of payers' policies and strategies, and how they can influence cost, accessibility, and quality of patient care. 

In this playbook, you'll gain insights into payer strategies and how providers can develop their own data-driven approaches to improve financial health — ensuring healthcare access and patient well-being remain at the forefront.

Key takeaways: 

  • Understand the current state of Medicare Advantage plans in payer strategies and implications on healthcare economics.
  • Learn key steps that help to ensure fair provider reimbursements.
  • Get tips to better manage payer relations and start a journey toward sustainable financial health.

Source: Wakefield
Healthcare providers face critical financial hurdles when dealing with complex claims. Given shrinking payer reimbursements and rising operational costs — not to mention a lack of time and in-house expertise — these claims have a major impact on hospitals' and health systems' bottom line. Further, complex claims like workers' compensation and motor vehicle accident claims pose significant obstacles due to intricate regulations and multiple stakeholders.

In this white paper, you'll see actionable steps and expert insights on the support needed to effectively navigate these challenges.

You will learn:

  • Strategies to mitigate the financial burden of intricate claim types
  • The impact of various complex claim categories + practical methods for handling them
  • Outsourcing support as an effective strategy

Source: R1 RCM
In today's financial landscape, optimizing the revenue cycle has become an imperative rather than an option. Achieving higher reimbursements and streamlining operations requires educating and aligning all stakeholders involved in the patient care continuum, including both financial and clinical teams. Additionally, the utilization of advanced data and analytics capabilities plays a pivotal role. 

In this expert guide, leaders in clinical documentation integrity, operations and coding share best practices and actionable tips for maximizing revenue in these trying times. Download to learn more about:  

  • The impact of a unified revenue cycle on enhancing patient experiences and improving outcomes
  • Roles of personnel, data, and technology in the revenue optimization process
  • Innovative applications of data and analytics for revenue growth strategies

Source: ClearBalance
Healthcare billing has long been a pain point for providers and patients. Labor shortages, burnout and financial strain over the past few years have elevated the importance of simplifying the billing experience to get patients engaged — and keep them engaged — in the process.

Providers have a unique opportunity to enhance financial performance through billing efficiency — but only if they're willing to take action. Download this white paper to learn about a versatile digital billing platform that eliminates administrative burdens and simplifies the payment process for patients, leading to consistent revenue and a better overall care experience.

Key learnings include:

  • Why a patient-centric mobile billing platform is central to making improvements in financial outcomes
  • Key features that empower patients and improve engagement
  • Opportunities to showcase provider's unique brand identity

Source: R1 RCM
Revenue cycle teams are frustrated. Amid inflation and other industry headwinds, reimbursements have become an even bigger point of contention for payers and providers.

In fact, one vice president of revenue cycle operations from a large academic health system recently told Becker's, "Payer behavior is the biggest threat we have to our industry."

This whitepaper outlines an exclusive discussion with health system revenue cycle leaders, who shared how they’re navigating these challenges. They offered strategies for revenue cycle improvements, including automation technology, and their ideas for bettering payer-provider relations, including:

  • Exploring service-level agreements and outside industry support
  • Building stronger relationships with managed care teams
  • Technology and capacity upgrades in RCM

Source: Consensus
While healthcare communication standards and protocols for sharing clinical documentation between organizations have evolved significantly, faxing remains the universal communication tool — even though it's a time-consuming, manual process.

However, a milestone has been reached in modern computing that can finally eliminate this workflow bottleneck: the coupling of existing optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities with modern artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing. This whitepaper outlines how these technologies, working together, allow an organization to automate its fax triage process, cutting costs and improving efficiency.

You'll learn:

  • Three reasons fax remains dominant in healthcare
  • How AI can process faxes faster, more accurately and at a significantly lower cost
  • Before/after results of installing AI-based fax processing

Source: Optum  
Revenue cycle management plays a critical role in the financial success of hospitals and ambulatory care centers. But challenges such as manual processes, staff shortages, reimbursement models and coding errors can leave revenue uncollected and lead to negative margins.

A strategic partner with end-to-end, automated RCM solutions can help. These solutions can improve operational efficiency, patient experience and financial outcomes with features such as patient engagement tools, financial clearance tools, clean claim submissions and accurate coding.

This whitepaper explores how to select the right RCM partner to better address your revenue cycle pain points and increase your bottom line. 

You'll learn how to:

 
  • Improve patient experiences through scheduling and payment options
  • Optimize claims processing, reduce denials and increase patient collections
  • Integrate clinical workflows to drive appropriate care and streamline outpatient charging

 

Source: AccuReg
Enacting a preemptive revenue cycle management strategy powered by intelligent automation is the most effective way to avoid revenue loss while increasing staff efficiency and productivity.
Download this e-book to learn the five-step strategy for optimizing front-end accuracy to prevent denials, reduce administrative costs and increase yield.

You'll get solutions and strategies to:

  • Incorporate intelligent automation to improve data accuracy and optimize staff resources
  • Automate and streamline prior authorization processes to reduce administrative burden and care delays
  • Improve the patient financial experience by generating accurate cost estimates and convenient payments

Source: Finvi
Hospitals and health systems face challenges that can seem overwhelming — from the rise in denials to declining patient volumes, as well as the continuing workforce shortages and spiraling labor costs.

In this white paper, we'll explore today's RCM workforce landscape and explain how, through the combined use of AI and robotic process automation technology, RCM organizations can not only overcome the current workforce shortages, but also improve the overall productivity and efficiency of their organization.

The combination of these technologies might still be in its early stages, but the potential benefits of the AI/RPA union for RCM organizations are nearly unlimited.

You'll learn:

  • How AI and RPA can work together to automate both complex and mundane tasks
  • Common problems in RCM and how AI/RPA can help solve them
  • Specific tasks and applications for AI/RPA technology

Source: Optum
Approximately half of U.S. hospitals finished 2022 with negative margins, marking it the worst financial year for hospitals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While margins have stabilized somewhat in 2023, hospital finances remain precarious and extremely challenging.

To better understand how hospital and health system leaders are navigating razor-thin margins, Becker's Hospital Review conducted an advisory call with CEOs, CFOs and vice presidents of finance and operations from health systems across the country. 
The advisory call participants shared their perspectives on factors contributing to margin pressures, what actions hospitals and health systems are taking to address these challenges and an outlook for the future.

Key learning points:  

  • Why margins are under such tremendous pressure
  • How organizations are responding right now
  • Why partnerships should be a key strategic consideration

Source: Omega Healthcare
As health systems and providers face financial pressures, staff shortages and regulatory changes, it is becoming even harder to keep up with clinical and administrative workloads. As a result, more organizations are investing in advanced technology as a strategy to drive efficiency, reduce costs and overcome these ongoing challenges.

Within the revenue cycle, clinical and administrative workflows like registration, scheduling, coding and billing traditionally require manual, labor-intensive tasks. But automation presents a valuable opportunity to help reduce workloads and administrative burdens with a digital workforce, allowing providers and staff to focus on improving the overall patient experience. 

This whitepaper dives into the benefits of robotic process automation — in which "bots" that mimic human behavior complete repetitive tasks — and outlines how organizations can identify the best places to implement the technology. 

You'll learn: 

  • How automation technology can help address provider organizations' key challenges
  • Where automation can be applied specifically throughout the revenue cycle
  • The differences between RPA and artificial intelligence

Source: R1 RCM
CMS recently issued the Final Rule on Medicare payment policies and rates for 2024 under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System, with changes effective Oct. 1. Now, hospital and health system leaders are working to understand how the changes will affect finances and operations at their organizations.

Stay informed with this highlights brief, put together by government reimbursement experts. It summarizes 11 key changes leaders need to know about the new regulations, including:

  • A look at the annual increase and market basket percentage
  • Updates on new and expired MS-DRGs
  • A review of the dramatic reduction in uncompensated care payments

Source: Optum
Traditional revenue cycle management processes are no longer serving hospitals and health systems amid complex payer rules, tighter margins and rising patient financial responsibility. Organizations that do not evolve risk facing the consequences of lower profits, increased labor and administrative expenses, and a decline in patient satisfaction.

In this white paper, you'll learn how front-end enhancements within your RCM to include pre-care tasks can keep your organization proactive and profitable, while creating a positive patient experience.

Read more to learn about: 

  • Automating front-end RCM functions to increase efficiency and accuracy
  • Delivering accurate patient estimates to support regulatory requirements and improve the patient experience
  • Strategies for consolidating disparate, siloed systems to improve consistency across the patient journey
  • Three simple steps to start making RCM change happen

Source: Carrot
Americans' desire for more comprehensive birthing and postpartum care has led to an enduring role in the realm of labor support: the doula.

Doulas are nonclinical professionals who can provide emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, delivery and after childbirth. Research shows working with a doula can reduce cesarean section rates, decrease complications and increase satisfaction with birth experiences. But because doula support is rarely covered by insurance, accessing care can be challenging.

This white paper outlines opportunities for health plans to expand access to doula care and improve outcomes, especially for at-risk populations.

Key learnings:

  • How prenatal and birth doula care can improve birth outcomes
  • The role postpartum doulas can play in improving postpartum mental health
  • Strategies for seamlessly integrating doula support with health plan coverage

Source: Dexur 
CMS released its latest quality Star Ratings in July, and Dexur had a 98 percent accuracy rate when predicting where hospitals would fall. This whitepaper provides hospital-specific guidance, which are not final predictions but provide valuable strengths, opportunities & weaknesses for 2024 and beyond. 

You'll learn:  

  • What your hospital's 2024 CMS Star Rating range is likely to be
  • Challenges hospitals face in managing CMS Star Rating and other programs 
  • How Dexur helps hospitals achieve quality excellence 

Source: R1 RCM 
Finance leaders are standing at a crossroads and must answer the following question: How do you build a strong revenue cycle in the face of fiscal headwinds and a shifting regulatory environment?

In the 2023 Revenue IntelligenceTM Data and Insights report, experts from R1 and Cloudmed examine the converging trends reshaping today's healthcare revenue cycle. The report is based on public and private data on hospital RCM performance and patient experience trends.

In this report, you'll learn:
  • Expert tips and actionable insights across 13 steps of the revenue cycle
  • How to manage complex claims, challenging payer behavior trends and adjudication lags
  • The role digital tools and patient experience can have on your bottom line 

Source: Waystar  
Denials are a consistent healthcare industry challenge, and they are often outside of a health organization’s control (think new payer rules or patients switching medical plans).

What’s the best way to stay ahead of denials in healthcare? With the proper insights and action, health organizations can prevent more upfront denials, empower staff with the right tools, and reduce revenue leakage.

In this report, we’ll dive into: 

  • Research on the current state of denials
  • Steps to prevent, prioritize, and outsmart denials
  • Real world examples on how healthcare organizations benefit from purpose-built automation 
  • Strategies to examine where denials most frequently originate and how to stay ahead of them

Source: Conifer  
The Medicaid redetermination process has begun. HHS estimates more than 8 million beneficiaries will be affected by the phase-out and will need to transition to other forms of coverage, making it even more difficult for hospitals and systems to predict and protect revenue. 

This brief whitepaper delves into effective strategies for healthcare organizations to overcome the challenges posed by Medicaid enrollments.

Healthcare leaders will learn: 

  • How to overcome barriers with state agencies
  • The importance of Medicaid recipient re-enrollment and retention of coverage 
  • Opportunities for automation within the revenue cycle process and how to implement it for eligibility and benefits verification
  • How patient-centric strategies alleviate payment-related stress and enhance a system’s payment collection success

 

Source: Finvi  
As revenue cycle management leaders continue to adapt to shifting workforce dynamics, many are struggling to effectively manage their remote employees. With the staffing shortage top of mind for these leaders, offering remote or flexible work has become crucial to recruiting and retaining top talent.

The question becomes: When teams aren't onsite, how do leaders keep tabs on staff members' day-to-day activities and ensure they're working efficiently and producing results that drive revenue recovery?

In this Finvi white paper, you'll learn about technologies — including voice and data monitoring, dashboards, performance alerts and rankings — that support real-time visibility into your account reps' daily activities and improve overall productivity.

 

Please fill out the form to download the whitepaper. 

 

Source: CorroHealth
All-too-familiar headwinds in healthcare — staff shortages, reimbursement challenges, rising expenses — aren't just costing hospitals and health systems money; they're causing communities to lose trust in their providers, too. Unpredictable billing and a perceived lack of quality and access lead to fewer patients seeking care, giving preventable health issues time to worsen and spiking healthcare costs down the line.

In a Becker's advisory call, healthcare leaders from top systems across the country shared their latest strategies and where they're finding success in solving today's most pressing problems. This e-book summarizes their insights on revenue challenges, staffing woes, payer relationships and more.

You'll learn: 

  • How leaders are mitigating staffing shortages
  • Ways to boost financial performance through tech, length-of-stay reductions and less reliance on travel nurses
  • One system's unique approach to denials management

Source: Intuitive
Return on investment has always been a focus for hospital and health system leaders, but it's taken on an even greater level of importance as organizations navigate historic financial headwinds. At the same time, investments in surgical robots remain a key way to stay competitive.

So how can organizations do a better job at validating ROI and assessing demand? Becker's Hospital Review hosted a virtual advisory call with healthcare finance leaders to discuss just that.

Download a summary of the session to learn:

  • The main challenges systems face when evaluating ROI expectations
  • Best practices and frameworks to predict costs and volume growth
  • What health systems need to generate buy-in

Source: Multiview Financial
As is often the case in healthcare, the finance team at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital + Clinics (Red Oak, Iowa) formerly relied on disparate sources to assess the health and longevity of their organization. Time-consuming processes for running reports and multiple login applications meant a lot of wasted time for their financial analysts and larger team. 

In this case study, you’ll learn that the technology Montgomery County Memorial Hospital + Clinics uses streamlined accounting and financial processes and led to a 50 percent reduction in month-end close time.

You'll also see: 

  • Key features of the hospital's enhanced system that are driving efficiency and time gains
  • How they gained internal buy-in and saw enthusiastic adoption by team members
  • Support that led to successful implementation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic

Source: ProviderTrust
The vendor onboarding process at Meharry Medical College was too manual, and keeping pace was challenging. Ensuring vendor partners meet federal and state compliance requirements is integral to risk management operations

After implementing ProviderTrust’s vendor monitoring solution, Meharry was able to onboard, manage, and monitor its entire vendor network with confidence and ease in one central location.

Download this white paper to learn how: 

  • Partnering with ProviderTrust allowed Meharry to achieve automated compliance monitoring for its vendors
  • 90% of Meharry’s vendors are now verified as compliant before an invoice is paid
  • Hours of tedious and manual work were eliminated with  ProviderTrust’s solution

Source: Global Prairie
It's no secret that the RCM landscape is more challenging than ever. Staffing issues, increasing claim denials, payer pressures — the list goes on. Hospitals need an edge — something to help rescue millions in revenue.
 
If this resonates for your organization, use this guide to find out if it's time to finally invest in the efficacy and efficiency that comes from end-to-end RCM. 

You'll learn: 

  • How end-to-end solves five common, complex RCM challenges
  • What to look for in a true end-to-end partnership
  • How to raise yield by 2 to 5 percent 

Source: Finvi
With healthy revenue cycles and operating margins either scarce or nonexistent in 2023, healthcare leaders are relying more than ever on innovative tactics to promote efficiency, cost savings and staff sanity.

This e-book features a collection of Becker's top articles and insights on revenue cycle management this year — a comprehensive guide to equip you and your team with the latest, common challenges among healthcare finance executives; best practices from leading hospitals and health systems; and how organizations are adopting technology like automation for improved operations and revenue.

Download the e-book for more on:

  • RCM leaders' take on artificial intelligence
  • Spending trends for revenue cycle optimization
  • How 42 health systems are boosting their revenues

Source: Ingenious Med
Healthcare providers have long struggled to get paid for the services they render. New research shows that healthcare financial leaders continue to suffer not only from staffing shortages and bad habits left over from the pandemic but also from mounting obstacles in collecting revenue.

This white paper summarizes 95 survey responses and six interviews with healthcare financial leaders regarding their top revenue cycle challenges and the steps they are taking to address them.

Read this paper to learn:

  • What tops the list of RCM headaches
  • Where today's RCM solutions fall short
  • Why physician productivity remains challenging to measure
  • Where AI usage in RCM stands today and expectations for its use tomorrow

Source: Ingenious Med
Healthcare providers have long struggled to get paid for the services they render. New research shows that healthcare financial leaders continue to suffer not only from staffing shortages and bad habits left over from the pandemic but also from mounting obstacles in collecting revenue.

This white paper summarizes 95 survey responses and six interviews with healthcare financial leaders regarding their top revenue cycle challenges and the steps they are taking to address them.

Read this paper to learn:

  • What tops the list of RCM headaches
  • Where today's RCM solutions fall short
  • Why physician productivity remains challenging to measure
  • Where AI usage in RCM stands today and expectations for its use tomorrow

Source: One Eagle Advisory
Healthcare organizations can't afford to leave any form of financial relief on the table in today's economic landscape. This white paper summarizes how organizations can make the most of the Employee Retention Credit — a tax credit passed by the CARES Act in 2020 that can be worth up to $26,000 per employee. 

Read this brief guide to unlock the full potential of ERC and its benefits. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Overview of the ERC, eligibility and compliance requirements 
  • Real-client outcomes on total credits earned
  • Best practices for safe filing and compliance

Source: Dexur
Hospitals are often surprised by the outcomes of CMS programs and struggle to improve CMS Star Ratings. With dozens of measures and frequently changing algorithms, the Star Ratings, Hospital Readmissions Reduction and Value-Based Purchasing programs follow a complex logic that can make it hard for hospitals to find a path to improvement.

This white paper outlines concrete strategies for hospitals to excel at quality and safety and avoid surprises when it comes to the results of these CMS programs.

You'll learn:

4 reasons hospitals struggle with quality excellence
7 ways hospitals can avoid surprises and improve on CMS Star Ratings, HRRP penalties and VBP payouts
How to access predictions on CMS Star Ratings and readmissions and mortality

 

Source: Cedar
For years, Novant Health had worked to modernize their revenue cycle organization. They had leaned on mail, email, and MyChart to reach patients, and while these initiatives drove incremental improvements, they needed to take a bolder step to simplify patient billing and truly move the needle on reducing bad debt.

To address these challenges, Novant Health launched a new patient engagement and payment platform that integrates into Epic across hospital and physician billing.

Download the case study to learn:

  • The impact of launching a new platform at a health system that already made significant investments in MyChart
  • Key opportunities to enable a consumer-centric experience for patients
  • How they created a low-friction, easy-to-navigate bill payment experience for both patients and team members

Source: AKASA
With recent advances in artificial intelligence and technology, automation now has the potential to completely transform the healthcare revenue cycle. Today, automation can help simplify several laborious processes including prior authorization, denial management and insurance follow-up.

To discuss current challenges and advances in the revenue cycle, Becker's Hospital Review and healthcare technology company AKASA hosted revenue cycle and technology experts at the RCM Innovation Summit held in conjunction with Becker's 13th Annual Meeting. Organizations represented at the summit included:

  • Vermont Medical Center (Burlington)
  • Mass General Brigham (Boston)
  • Waikiki Health Center (Honolulu)
  Get key takeaways from the summit in this e-book.

Key learnings:  
  • Where to start and how to strategically expand automation
  • How to Elevate Your Revenue Cycle Staff
  • How to get the most out of your automation investment

Source: Waystar  
As healthcare organizations juggle competing priorities, the patient financial experience doesn't always make the list. According to new research, it should.

A patient's first and last interactions are often financial. And market research shows that their satisfaction and your financial sustainability are impacted by these interactions. This whitepaper outlines the latest market research and insights from 35 leading health systems on the current state of the patient financial experience.

What's in the report?

  • Research on how automation is connected to financial sustainability and patient loyalty
  • Perspectives from 35 leading health systems on what's working (and what's not)
  • Strategies to remedy gaps in patient satisfaction

Source: League
Health plans are under tremendous pressure. Macroeconomic conditions, member turnover, new competitive threats, and failing point solutions are compounded by rising administrative and IT costs and workforce shortages. 

To combat these challenges, member experience transformation has increasingly become a competitive opportunity to drive greater engagement, boost member satisfaction, and meet business and financial objectives.
 
In this report from Becker's Healthcare, executives from Highmark Health, Cambia, McKinsey and more share insights on how leaders can effectively showcase the value of their CX transformation initiatives and proven strategies to enhance the member experience to deliver on key business objectives. 

Key takeaways: 

  • A best-in-class member experience is now the strategic advantage 
  • The 4 key value drivers of CX transformation and strategies to execute them
  • Proven strategies for measuring the value of CX 

Source: Multiview Financial
After a two-year search, Robinson, Ill.-based Crawford Memorial Hospital found the enterprise resource planning software of its dreams. 

In the past, Crawford Memorial's month-end close process took two full weeks. The new ERP cut that time in half.

Multiple departments and about 60 employees at the hospital utilize the ERP for tasks including user setup, workflow facilitation and payroll interface. The financial team, along with other departments, now have easier access to valuable reporting throughout the month, which has streamlined processes and allowed for better tracking and analysis of key metrics.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about Crawford Memorial Hospital's ERP journey.

Key learnings: 

  • How Crawford Memorial Hospital cut its month-end close process by 50 percent
  • How the ERP simplified the hospital's process of tracking key metrics
  • How Crawford Memorial Hospital plans to use the ERP to accomplish future goals

Source: Flywire  
Revenue cycle departments are facing a barrage of challenges from all sides — a lack of price transparency frustrating patients, the constant threat of data breaches, and staff shortages and burnout exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few. 

It's too much for one department to handle on its own. To tackle these disparate issues, some top hospitals and systems have turned to collaboration between revenue cycle, IT and other departments with great success. 

In this white paper, leaders from Houston Methodist, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and more share how their departments banded together to improve the patient financial experience, maximize resources amid staffing shortages, and tighten cybersecurity.

You'll learn:

 
  • Strategies to drive patient-centric collaboration across your organization
  • How to meet patient expectations while keeping data safe in the digital age
  • Specific types of automation that can alleviate staffing shortages and burnout

Source: Expion Health
True to its name, the No Surprises Act is a consumer protection law designed to relieve the burden of unexpected billing. While the spirit of the law is clear, the path to compliance has been less certain for payers.

CMS audits are revealing incorrect qualified payment amount calculations, providers are continuing to send balance bills to patients, and the independent dispute resolution process is struggling to keep up with the caseload.

This whitepaper helps payers develop a better NSA compliance strategy by outlining: 

  • Three key strategies for payers to address NSA compliance challenges
  • A self-assessment to understand the strength of your NSA strategy

Source: Conifer  
In today's economy, every dollar counts — especially for health systems. 

Dartmouth Health, a nonprofit academic health system in Lebanon, N.H., aimed to improve cash collections, patient satisfaction and funding for uninsured patients. Through an eight-year partnership, it achieved 101.6 percent of its cash collection goal and a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate.

This case study showcases how the health system was able to turn its goals into a reality.

Key learnings:

 
  • How a one call customer service model resolved patient billing issues
  • How Dartmouth Health saved $15 million in cost-to-collect
  • How the health system improved single business office performance 

 

Source: Oracle Health
The modern-day revenue cycle journey is rife with pitfalls, from missed payments to changing industry regulations to roadblocks that frustrate patients and employees. To avoid leaving money on the table and getting dragged down by behind-the-scenes challenges, health systems need solutions that promote efficiency and can adapt with the times as consolidation and innovation show no signs of slowing down.

Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System is staying ahead of these changes by choosing to innovate, acting as a beta customer for RevElate, a new solution from Oracle Health that advances capabilities of its existing EHR and patient accounting platforms.

In this white paper, learn more about how BayCare's RevElate pilot and find out how your health system can: 

  • Simplify and streamline the revenue cycle with a single master file
  • Preserve the integrity and efficiency of the revenue cycle
  • Cut down on errors that require time-consuming manual fixes
  • Ensure a smooth transition between revenue cycle platforms

Source: Finvi
Navigating workforce shortages is one thing, but addressing this challenge on top of the massive shift to remote work is a whole new territory for revenue cycle management leaders, who still are expected to maintain their organizations' standards for productivity and financial well-being. Doing so alone can be daunting.
 
In this Finvi-sponsored white paper, you'll read perspectives and successes realized from Dallas-based Methodist Health System and Parallon of HCA Healthcare in using tech-enabled workflows to address RCM staff shortages, improve inventory management and enhance payer engagement.
 
Read more to learn: 

  • Primary challenges that healthcare collections teams are facing today, such as increased call hold times and growing adoption of high-deductible health plans
  • The importance of measuring team progress + performance to see improvement
  • How automation drives quality, compliance and productivity for RCM teams

Source: Waystar
Wasted resources are the culprit of major hits to healthcare organization's revenue cycle, leading to low staff satisfaction and a poor patient financial experience.

Overcome the pressure of shrinking margins by increasing workforce efficiency with lessons in this e-book from Proliance Surgeons and Prosthetic & Orthotics Group.

In this e-book, you'll learn:

  • Tips to improve workforce efficiency in healthcare
  • How one specialty provider slashed staff time spent per denial by up to 30 days
  • Strategies that helped an ASC double their processed payments and foster financial growth

Source: Synthellis
Over the past decade, changes in the healthcare landscape have squeezed margins and fundamentally changed how providers get paid. Recent financial figures paint a discouraging picture for healthcare organizations — 2022 margins were down 4.6 percentage points from 2021, and total expenses rose 17.5 percent the same year.

Optimizing revenue opportunities and maximizing reimbursements are imperative for financial stability, and contract performance is critical to those efforts. This e-book details concrete steps hospitals and health systems can take to maximize revenue through better insurance contract management, and how having the right data can help them get there.

You'll gain key insights including:

  • Three ways to leverage data to maximize revenue
  • A step-by-step guide to negotiating profitable contracts
  • The types of data you need to make negotiations more productive
  • How to evaluate and improve claims compliance
  • Tips for managing denials and prior authorizations

Source: AKASA
Implementing RCM automation can improve workflows and save staff valuable time, but the wrong kind of automation can do more harm than good. 

Learn best practices from healthcare RCM leaders on how to successfully improve workflows, organizational efficiency, patient experience and more using automation.

In this advisory call, you'll learn: 

  • How to choose the right kind of automation for your organizational goals
  • How to pick the right workflow for automation
  • How to expand your perspective of ROI for automation

Source: Waystar
Healthcare organizations that offer the best financial experience are doing more than just providing modern tools. While tools like self-service payment options are important, these offerings aren't the only elements of an exceptional financial experience. 

Craft a plan to exceed patients' financial expectations with this four-step guide. 

Learnings include:  

  • Three of the top financial challenges patients and providers face
  • A full exploration of the patient financial care maturity model
  • Checklists, metrics, and next steps for each of the four-step process

Source: Experian
Patients and providers' are losing hope in patient access. With 47 percent of providers and 21 percent of patients feeling that access is currently worse than it was two years ago, it's clear that lots of work needs to be done.

Gain insights on the state of patient access and learn what you can do to improve it.

Three things you'll learn in this report:

  • Access pain points for patients and providers
  • Why providers have a more negative view of patient access than patients
  • Why providers are optimistic that patient access is about to get better

Source: Merative
The healthcare industry is facing unique economic headwinds caused by high inflation, unrelenting workforce shortages and provider consolidation.

So how are leading health plans responding to these headwinds? That is exactly what Becker’s asked senior leaders from top health plans in a recent Advisory Call.

This Advisory Call recap summarizes specific actions leading health plans are taking, which include:

  • Adapting their strategy and operations
  • Revisiting pricing strategies and ways to share cost increases
  • Leveraging value-based reimbursement
  • Tackling administrative inefficiencies and reducing waste
  • Identifying technology solutions to automate mundane tasks
  • Steering care to lower cost settings
  • And much, much more

Today’s economic headwinds aren’t going away anytime soon. Get ideas for your plan by hearing what top health plans said in this Advisory Call.

Source: Quest  
With 80 percent of health outcomes driven by nonclinical factors, it's increasingly necessary for health plans to look at member health through a more holistic lens.

These four use cases demonstrate how health plans can positively influence the full picture of member health, leading to better outcomes. 

Learn about health plans' role in:

 
  • Post-discharge coaching
  • Behavioral health coaching
  • Oncology coaching and the future of cancer
  • Cardiometabolic coaching with food delivery services

 

Source: NetApp
Healthcare payers are dealing with higher costs ­– and nowhere more so than in IT. Fortunately, cloud tools can help payers like you free themselves from expensive on-premises footprints and deliver higher levels of performance.  

  • Learn how you can massively cut your data footprint and compute costs. 
  • See where you can save time and benefit from AI and automation tools. 
  • Understand the ways cloud can help you stay on top of regulations.

Source: ServiceNow
Healthcare leaders face major financial and operational challenges every day. Amid historic headwinds, hospital and health system leaders must find ways to protect their organization’s bottom line while identifying and pursing growth opportunities.  

This new ebook features short, must-read articles on 10 key topics facing C-suite leaders today, with ideas on how to thrive amid today’s challenges.  Learn about:

 
  • How one CEO keeps staff turnover under 1 percent 
  • Growth opportunities despite recessionary trends
  • Succeeding despite the lack of access to capital
  • Overcoming net operating losses
  • How partnerships help health systems thrive
  Get crisp summations of today’s most pressing challenges with practical, real-world solutions you can apply to your organization right now. 

Source: Multiview Finance
As hospitals and health systems grapple with unrelenting staff shortages and retention issues, financial leaders must strategize how they can ease the burden on their teams — while also boosting productivity and freeing up analysts' time for more pressing projects. It's a tall order, but some organizations are seeing success with the right partnership.

In this white paper, you'll learn how Red Oak, Iowa-based Montgomery County Memorial Hospital leveraged technology to streamline its financial processes, enhance productivity and reduce month-end time to close by 50 percent.

You'll also get more details on how the hospital: 

  • Streamlined accounting functions within one login application
  • Employed its EMR to help with analysis and reporting
  • Navigated implementation challenges (during the onset of COVID-19, no less)
  • Increased staff satisfaction and buy-in


Source: NTT Data
The pandemic has shined a spotlight on revenue cycle management, forcing organizations to rethink their RCM strategy.

That’s because RCM today is fraught with challenges. It is labor intensive, exists in silos, burdens employees, lacks data and results in revenue leakage.

A new whitepaper lays out a recipe for better RCM. Key elements of better RCM include making it holistic and more automated, using prescriptive analytics and payer performance management. Results include better communication, improved employee satisfaction, decreased revenue leakage and more data to use when engaging in negotiations with payers.

In this whitepaper, you will learn:

  • Why a holistic RCM approach is far better than silos.
  • How RCM automation improves efficiency and employee satisfaction.
  • How process improvements can maximize revenue and improve team performance.
  • The importance of predictive analytics and payer performance management.

Source: Optum
Healthcare payment systems are changing rapidly — and they need to. Errors, sluggish load times and complexity are common issues with payment systems. Until now. 

Optum commissioned a survey of senior health plan executives on payment processing trends as well as opportunities and barriers to improve payments. 

This report lays out the most pressing issues affecting payment processing and details top priorities for streamlining claims payment, including shifting to a paperless system and adopting automation. 

Get this report to learn: 

  • Current state of health plans’ payment strategies
  • Top pain points and most important priorities
  • Key opportunities to streamline payments and barriers to making it happen
  • What to look for when considering a payment solution
  Claims payment is changing fast. Don't be left behind. Learn how modern payment systems can boost health plans’ revenue and improve the customer experience. 

Source: Notable
Today, four major, interconnected challenges continue to confront revenue cycle leaders as they work to ensure their organizations’ financial stability and future. The challenges, which include negative operating margins, staffing shortages, growing front-end denials, and higher patient expectations for their financial experience, have combined to create the perfect storm. 

Rather than fall further behind, revenue cycle leaders are rethinking workflows and reimagining how work gets done alongside the latest advancements in technology. There are entire organizations that are writing a new playbook, establishing new paradigms for truly doing more with less, and defining a completely new way to tackle these long-standing revenue cycle challenges.

In this whitepaper, you will learn:

  • Why now is the time for revenue cycle leaders to move beyond digitizing specific workflows and instead shift their efforts to intelligent automation
  • New approaches to evolving patient access, with a focus on eliminating denials
  • Best practices and KPIs for analyzing your denial management efforts
  • How health systems are deploying advanced technologies to drive end-to-end connectivity throughout the entire revenue cycle and reducing the overall cost to collect

Source: Vida
Health plans know that high-risk patients with chronic diseases use more care and account for more costs.

How can health plans simultaneously improve clinical outcomes, boost member satisfaction and lower costs?

The answer: by optimizing interventions for patients with chronic diseases that lead members to the right care at the right time. Effective chronic care interventions improve outcomes, close gaps in care and achieve meaningful cost savings and ROI. In fact, there are interventions with guaranteed year-one cost savings.   

Learn about these interventions in the new whitepaper – The ROI of Virtual Health: How Better Outcomes Drive Cost Savings for Health Plans.

This whitepaper explores: 

  • What drives ROI for health plans
  • How to achieve guaranteed costs savings and ROI from interventions in year 1
  • How optimized interventions improve outcomes and member retention
  • How to provide flexible options for your population and specific cohorts

Source: PwC
Becker's Hospital Review and PwC recently surveyed 120 revenue cycle leaders, C-suite leaders, VPs and directors.

Among the survey's key insights:

Labor shortages are decimating revenue cycle teams
84 percent of organizations are behind on cash collections
Denials are up, in some case 20 percent higher than previously

But there are solutions to accelerate the revenue cycle and improve cash collections. See the survey results and insights from PwC revenue cycle experts that highlight the importance of:

  • Leveraging data to decrease denials
  • Using automation and technology to improve efficiency
  • Upskilling revenue cycle teams and forming strategic partnership

Source: Waystar
This year, the healthcare industry will continue to face increasing pressures and unprecedented challenges.

Trends in healthcare payments will shift as the industry weathers financial instability, scarce resources, and staff burnout.

But even amid changing competitive and regulatory landscapes, many healthcare providers are thriving. They’re finding ways to do more with less, improve patient outcomes, and drive innovation.

Download this report to unlock current trends in healthcare payments for 2023, as well as proven strategies to help revenue cycle teams succeed.

What's Inside:

  • Dive deep into top trends in healthcare payments for 2023
  • Find new opportunities to foster financial growth
  • Discover revenue cycle strategies to achieve your mission

Source: EnableComp
The Department of Veteran Affairs has made significant changes to improve how it partners with hospitals in supporting Veteran care, but hospitals are still struggling with old processes that drain resources and impact timely and sufficient reimbursements. This whitepaper explains the intricacies and challenging processes of the VA so providers can successfully capture revenue for these complex claims.

You'll learn:  

  • How changes in the VA influence Veteran benefits today
  • Pitfalls that make it challenging to work with the VA 
  • Effective ways to capture reimbursement for services rendered to Veterans

Source: Quest  
Chronic kidney disease places an enormous burden on the healthcare system. Roughly 37 million Americans have CKD, though 9 in 10 adults with this condition don’t know they have it.

To date, kidney care has focused on diagnosis and treatment. But 1 in 4 patients "crash" into dialysis, where dialysis must be initiated urgently with no opportunity for patients and providers to discuss treatment alternatives or make optimal decisions.

What’s needed is "crash prevention" by using predictive intelligence to identify patients likely to need future dialysis, leading to earlier intervention.

Download this white paper on The Kidney Care Paradigm Shift. It focuses on:

 
  • Predicting & preventing advanced CKD
  • Identifying at-risk patients earlier through predictive intelligence
  • Benefits of avoiding emergent dialysis

Treating CKD is costly and inefficient, but doesn’t have to be. Discover a new paradigm that leverages predictive intelligence for earlier intervention.

Source: Notable
In today’s economic environment, health systems can’t afford the increased denials and prolonged accounts receivable days caused by inaccurate front-end data. As staff shortages persist and labor costs increase, manual workflows to review and correct patient data on the back end are not sustainable.

To succeed, revenue cycle leaders need to transform the first interaction many patients have in their care experience into a competitive differentiator, manage ever-changing payer rules, and navigate an exacerbated workforce shortage. Leading health systems are automating front-end processes to eliminate back-end administrative burden – removing patient and staff hassles that compromise quality, impact reliability, and escalate cost.

In this whitepaper, you will learn:

  • Why common approaches to revenue cycle improvement fall short
  • The role of intelligent automation in strengthening the front end of revenue cycles with higher accuracy and faster payment, without additional headcount
  • How a leading health system decreased authorization-related write-offs by 55% and saved nearly 3,000 staff hours

Source: Multiview
Healthcare finance departments need an effective way of procuring reliable data to empower the decisions they make every day. 

Enterprise resource planning software can increase efficiency by providing quick access to a wide range of information, which can also allow the organization to reduce its operational costs. 

Explore how enterprise resource planning software can help decrease the need for manual tasks and save on overhead costs while still delivering quality care.  

Key takeaways:

 
  • Defining healthcare finance KPIs
  • The importance of tracking healthcare finance KPIs
  • The challenges of legacy software in healthcare



Source: Keybank
The perfect storm of COVID-19, staffing shortages and a switch to value-based payment models are leaving healthcare organizations struggling to keep up with a constantly shifting industry.

KeyBank and Cain Brothers are helping healthcare organizations remain flexible and agile. Hear from three industry leaders to learn how your organization can be prepared for upcoming challenges.

  • Agapito “Aga” Morgan, commercial healthcare leader, Key Corporate and Commercial Bank
  • Dave Morlock, managing director, head of health systems practice, Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kellen Williams, senior manager of business development, Laurel Road, a brand of KeyBank

In this whitepaper you will learn how:

  • The healthcare landscape is expected to shift in the coming years
  • Value-based care will reshape the industry
  • Organizations can be forward-thinking in multiple dimensions

Source: R1 RCM

Patient financial obligation reached $491 billion in 2021, and the self-pay portion for patients with insurance now accounts for nearly 60 percent of bad debt. The standard model for patient payments is no longer sufficient.

In this ebook you'll learn:

  • How health systems can achieve substantial returns with an integrated technology and services approach
  • The components of a bold new patient payment model
  • How to create a seamless patient experience that drives higher revenue performance

Source: Waystar  
In the wake of COVID-19, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. lost their jobs. This spike in unemployment caused many people to lose employer-provided health insurance. Loss of coverage at this scale has a major effect on healthcare providers’ bottom lines.

What can providers do?

Take proactive steps to find hidden insurance coverage among patients who present as self-pay. Results include increased collections from patients and payers, decreased bad debt and improved financials.

A new white paper contains insights on maximizing self-pay revenue through better coverage detection.

Key learnings in the whitepaper focus on:

  • Why you’re missing billable insurance coverage
  • The impact of missing or hidden coverage – which includes writing off bad debt
  • 4 ways to find insurance for self-pay patients
  • Selecting the right coverage detection technology to meet your organization’s needs
  • How coverage detection works


Source: Waystar
Revenue cycle leaders know the staffing crisis in healthcare is not limited to clinical functions; there’s also a revenue cycle staffing crisis.

Based on increasing revenue cycle work and a shortage of skilled workers, it is impossible to hire enough people or ask current employees to work harder.

It’s time to work smarter, not harder. What does working smarter in the revenue cycle mean? It means finding innovative ways to do more with less.

Download for best practices on:

 
  • Developing a smarter revenue cycle and administrative strategy
  • Cutting down on outdated manual processes
  • Streamlining existing processes with intelligent automation
  Learn more about what intelligent automation is, how it works, which revenue cycle tasks are best automated and what the benefits are

Source: Ingenious
As the fallout from the pandemic lingers, healthcare organizations are seeing expenses rise faster than patient volumes or revenues. Negative margins will continue through 2022 for many, and with little likelihood of relief from payer rates, it’s harder than ever for CFOs to sleep well at night.

This whitepaper covers how to best support CFOs today, and how organizations can implement these five steps to improve financial health:

  • Improve patient data and charge capture
  • Improve coding efficiency
  • Help the team avoid burnout
  • Monitor physician and organization performance
  • Minimize risk and optimize value-based care
  • Source: Multiview Financial
    Finance teams want access to real-time information to make informed, data-driven decisions. But this information is often lacking.

    90 percent of respondents to a recent Becker’s/Multiview survey said data analysis is important to achieving their organization’s financial goals, yet only 25 percent have access to robust real-time information to drive better financial performance.

    As a result, finance teams are often caught up doing time-consuming “Excel gymnastics.” Many finance teams are more focused on preparing financial statements or getting through audits than making data-driven decisions.

    Gain insights from this recent survey among financial leaders which include:

    • Why “liquid” data and real-time data are so important
    • The unique challenges faced by finance teams at small hospitals
    • Effective solutions that enable finance teams to make real-time, data-driven decisions
    • Why vendor partnerships are key to data-driven decisions and increased operational efficiencies

    Learn what it takes to go from manual, Excel-based processes to real-time, data-driven decisions.

    Source: Vida
    Limited grocery options, minimal access to healthcare in rural areas and lack of public transportation are all examples of social determinants of health that your members can and do face. Couple these factors with the rising rate of cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, and you're looking at the perfect storm for your members.

    Based on these challenges, a virtual care solution that only caters to the tech-savvy hoping to shed a few pounds isn't going to cut it. This report shares how a SDOH-attuned, virtual solution can offer your members access to:

    • Personalized eating plans that fall within their budget and food accessibility
    • Accessible, human-led care — even with limited access to technology
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy-based coaching to address underlying causes
    • Health literacy skills to sustain future success

    Source: Waystar
    Recent projections suggest hospital margins will be down 37 percent in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels. A host of challenges have left half of U.S. hospitals operating in the red. In this environment, identifying opportunities for cost savings is more than important — it's mission critical.

    This e-book comprises three case studies featuring large health systems — Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Aurora, Colorado-based UCHealth. These organizations reduced costs and increased collections by delivering better patient financial care. Read this eBook to learn how your organization can:

    • Increase agency collections by 10 to 15 percent
    • Decrease denials related to authorizations by 46 percent
    • Boost point-of-service payments by 30 percent

    Source: Experian

    Get a pulse on the current claims environment based on an all-new survey tied to responses from those who are responsible for reimbursements.

    Sample findings:
    • Denials are increasing. 30 percent of respondents say denials are increasing between 10 percent to 15 percent.
      • LEARN: Discover the top 3 reasons this is happening.

    • Automation is considered critical. 52 percent of respondents upgraded or replaced previous claims process technology in the last 12 months.
      • LEARN: Where are organizations turning for automation technology?

    • Everyone is looking for improved performance. 78 percent of respondents say their organizations are at least somewhat likely to replace their existing claims management solution if convinced something else can deliver better ROI.
      • LEARN: How do providers define ROI in the claims process?


    These themes are further broken down based on survey answers to aide revenue cycle leaders with near- and long-term strategy and planning.

    Source: Waystar
    The market shifts over the last two decades have resulted in a steep uptick in patient financial responsibility for care, with patient revenue now surpassing that of many healthcare organizations’ largest insurance payers. But patients face financial and economic challenges of their own, making it critical for organizations to be proactive about how to meet patients' needs and clearly communicate financial expectations.

    Read this report to learn how to retain patients in a competitive marketplace and keep your organization running smoothly.

    You'll learn:

    • Ways to lead with open + honest communication to provide compassionate financial care
    • Strategies to create better connections with your patients
    • How to improve patients’ knowledge about payments

    Source: Multiview
    The healthcare finance teams of the future will no longer have a narrow focus on balance sheets, income statements and cashflow projections. These teams will become stewards of their organization's data, working to drive better financial performance through better strategic decision-making.

    This e-book examines the future of healthcare finance and is informed by the real-world experience of hospital leaders and financial experts.

    Key learnings include:

    The tenets of agile financial planning
    The keys to great financial partnerships
    How a lean five-member finance team at a nonprofit provider transformed fiscal operations

    Source: Flywire
    Healthcare in the U.S. is notoriously expensive, including for many people covered by insurance — a reality underscored by the role medical debt plays in more than 60 percent of bankruptcies. However, as innovation continues to rapidly improve various elements of healthcare delivery, the patient financial experience for most remains inconvenient and burdensome.

    How to deliver patients a more transparent, convenient financial experience was the focus of a leadership summit as part of Becker's Hospital Review 12th Annual Meeting in Chicago. Summit participants included technology leaders and top executives from hospitals and health systems around the nation.

    Key learnings include:

    • How to digitize and personal the patient experience
    • How solutions powered by artificial intelligence can enhance front-end patient engagement
    • How to build lasting relationships with patients

    Source: RevSpring
    Healthcare CFOs rank “consumer trust as the top driver of strategic change” and an overwhelming majority (83%) say “consumer engagement is an increased organizational priority.” Why are trust and engagement so high on the priority list for healthcare leaders?

    Building and sustaining trust yields myriad benefits for providers and patients:
    Increasing patient retention
    Improving appointment adherence
    Generating positive referrals
    Strengthening healthcare outcomes
    Yielding positive patient survey results

    Our guide describes how providers can achieve these considerable benefits. Connected communication built on insight—and seamlessly linked throughout the entire patient experience—drives impact. Technology is key, but so is understanding each patient. Equally important: harnessing proven strategies for using digital communication in ways that resonate with individual consumers.

    Take a moment to download and read our guide on getting patient communication right. It clearly details the relationship between communication and trust, and how providers can use modern tools and strategies to achieve positive, consistent and connected engagement that builds patient trust and loyalty.

    Source: Optum
    The health care system continues to rapidly transform. COVID-19 spurred billions of investment dollars in research, vaccine distribution, digital infrastructure and virtual care. Consumer expectations are also shifting.

    Leaders are now exploring the need for scalable, innovative alternatives to succeed. But they also must contain costs. With data from more than 150 health plan, provider, employer, life science and government leaders, plus insights from industry experts, this research report checks in on:

    • Health care's greatest challenges
    • Priorities for a sustainable health care system
    • What progress has been achieved
    • Near-term investment priorities

    Source: Waystar
    Each year, approximately 45 percent of Americans plan to change their coverage level, which has a cascading effect on their benefits, in- and out-of-network options and transparency into their patient financial responsibility.

    All of these changes expose healthcare providers to potential front-end errors that can ultimately result in higher denial risk or non-payment from patients. Furthermore, as employees change jobs at a record pace and float in and out of exchanges, it's easy to see why accurate eligibility verification remains elusive for many providers.

    In addition to patients changing plans, payers are continually updating member rosters and benefit databases. Payers have shifted much of the member experience and relevant benefit information to online payer portals, which leaves providers to rely on disjointed sources of information and outdated EDI solutions. What’s more, each payer approaches this differently despite established standards-based bodies like CAQH.

    Today, it’s not just about whether a patient has coverage. Eligibility is based on specific benefit levels (i.e., copays, coinsurance), in- and out-of-network determination, authorization and deductible/out of pocket information for a specific care episode. It’s not surprising that front-end staff sometimes get it wrong.

    What's inside:
    Why eligibility is no longer a commodity and what providers must have to ensure eligibility is accurate
    A real example of payer analysis
    How providers are using purpose-built automation to do less manual work and still get more (and better) benefit rules coverage, and therefore estimation accuracy
    Examples of provider use-cases with results

    Source: Mastercard
    Healthcare fraud schemes can do major harm to hospitals, patients and payers. Healthcare fraud schemes are becoming increasingly complex, and many cannot be detected by current payment integrity solutions or manual investigation. Industry experts understand that healthcare fraud schemes will continue to become more sophisticated.

    Healthcare technology leaders must take action to modernize fraud protection. If they don't, the industry will continue to fall prey to many more of these schemes.

    This two-part guide offers insights into emerging best practices in fraud protection. Key learnings include:

    • An overview of the healthcare fraud landscape
    • A snapshot of a real-world fraud case
    • An examination of the role technology plays in both fraud protection and fraud susceptibility

    Source: Multiview Financial
    As James River Home Healthcare service offerings evolved from their early beginnings, reporting on different business functions became a challenge. The CFO was inundated with exporting, revising and re-importing spreadsheets, just to get a baseline of how the organization was performing financially. Like most growing health organizations, James River Home Healthcare had built strong financial processes for a small organization. Procedures needed to evolve. Read about how James River Home Healthcare created consistency and speed in reporting and access to data by implementing a new ERP.

    Source: CommerceHealthcare
    Technology is transforming the business and delivery of healthcare. This transformation has the potential to make the lives of clinicians, finance teams, administrators and patients easier.

    This report is based on emerging data and examines the state of innovation in healthcare. The report also identifies specific innovation enablers and details the three pillars necessary for crafting a successful digital transformation strategy.

    Additional learnings include:

    • Five technologies driving innovation in healthcare finance
    • Four benefits of system integration

    Source: R1 RCM
    Hospitals and health systems are operating in a new healthcare environment where market pressures and changing federal policy is leaving little room for errors. A standardized and integrated RCM strategy can drive a health system's financial performance and minimize administrative burdens.

    This white paper from R1 RCM will offer best practices to help health systems jump-start their financial recovery efforts. You will learn how implementing standardized processes, automation-driven technology and transparency allows hospitals to thrive financially.

    Source: RevSpring
    With inflation rising and stretched paychecks, healthcare organizations must be thoughtful about how they reach and communicate with patients regarding medical bills.

    To drive better payment results , healthcare organizations must shift to thinking of patients as travelers. Instead of viewing a fully paid balance as the fastest way to a destination, data analytics enable organizations to identify patients that may need to take a slower route, or payment plans, to pay their bills. Effective use of analytics can also pinpoint patients who would benefit most from financial assistance.

    Download this short guide to learn more about the benefits actionable intelligence provides. Key learning points:

    • How tailoring billing statements can lead to receiving payments an average of 15 days sooner
    • How linking analytics with appropriate OmniChannel strategies for each patient increases self-service payments by an average of 6.5 percent
    • How the precise use of dynamic patient portals can generate $250,000 to $2.33 million more in additional revenue

    Source: Optum
    There's never been a more urgent need to build a stable and sustainable health system. As healthcare leaders look forward, they see many familiar challenges, including margin pressures, consumerism and growth. But they also see some new ones, including an even tighter labor
    market and greater demand for enhanced technology-enabled experiences.

    This e-book will help get you started prioritizing the path toward a sounder financial footing. Seize the opportunity to truly meet the needs of everyone in your community by mastering the five fundamentals for financial performance in a new era of health care.

    In this e-book, you'll learn how successful healthcare organizations handle their:

    • Cost management
    • Revenue integrity
    • Workforce optimization
    • Digital infrastructure
    • Growth strategy

    Source: PrimaHealth Credit
    The cost of dental care can be prohibitive for many patients. Instead of coming in for regular care, many decide to delay treatment until their dental care needs become urgent. At the same time, dental practices must juggle relationships with multiple finance companies to help patients pay for the care they need. All of this results in uncomfortable patient conversations and added administrative burden for staff.

    During a February advisory call hosted by Becker's Dental + DSO Review, a group of DSO leaders — including several CEOs — discussed current pain points related to patient financing and potential solutions. This article contains five key takeaways from the conversation.

    Learnings include:

    • Why patient financing presents a challenge for most DSOs
    • Why juggling multiple agreements with finance companies creates administrative burden for staff.
    • Why staff training is essential to supporting a better patient financial experience.

    Source: InstaMed
    The Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report is distributed every year to start a conversation and be a catalyst for change. This year, the report shows that the impacts of the pandemic are still felt in every corner of healthcare — only digital growth seemed impervious to the constant changes of the pandemic.

    The year's report explains how the turmoil of the pandemic is continuing to affect trends in healthcare payments, as well as displaying data that paints a clear picture of what healthcare needs to move forward.

    Download the report to learn more about:

    • How efforts to improve price transparency fall short
    • The role that social determinants of health play in the payment experience
    • The changes needed to advance digital channels in healthcare

    Source: AMN Healthcare
    Many trauma centers fail to capture a significant percentage of trauma activation charges, which leads to lost revenue.

    Proper reimbursement depends on appropriate documentation and reporting.

    AMN Healthcare Revenue Cycle Solutions delivers significant benefits. When AMN Healthcare partners with trauma centers, it leverages optimal reimbursement necessary for financial stability. A positive financial impact from a successful billing program can transform a trauma service from a cost center into a revenue generator.

    Source: Allscripts
    From leveraging artificial intelligence and other logic solutions to practicing revenue cycle management optimization advice, this white paper features the voices and perspectives of designers and managers who work across disciplines to ensure organizations can regain a solid financial footing. These experts deliver a comprehensive look into the many factors organizations should consider as they begin rebuilding and looking toward the future.

    This Allscripts whitepaper explores topics including:

    • How logic-based solutions drive better operational outcomes
    • Accelerating revenue cycle optimization
    • Perioperative supply conservation post COVID-19
    • Artificial intelligence and bot technology in revenue cycle processes