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January 2018 blog: Creating synergies between IT and population health management

January 2018 blog: Creating synergies between IT and population health management

Posted on February 15, 2018

Creating Synergies between IT and Population Health Management Population Health Management is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources, the analysis of that data into a single, actionable patient record, and the actions through which care providers can improve both clinical and financial outcomes.   Johns Hopkins, a forerunner in developing View

Executive staffing management

Executive staffing management

Posted on February 15, 2018

Effective Staffing Management:  Engage – Educate – Support – and Accountability   Labor cost is the single largest expense item in every hospital and in almost every hospital department. Most facilities have some type of staffing management or productivity system based on a target per unit of service for each department.  The real key to View

Interim leadership as a career path

Interim leadership as a career path

Posted on February 15, 2018

Interim Leadership as a career path:   So, you are considering the leap into Interim work as a profession?  No, this is not an oxymoron, many people now are choosing Interim work as a permanent career option.  There are many rationales for doing this; among them are the ability to choose when and where you View

Service Lines

Service Lines

Posted on February 15, 2018

Service Lines, A New Way to Manage:   The service line model has actually been around for decades, however the emphasis to improve quality, efficiency, customer satisfaction, and alignment between hospitals and physicians suggests that service lines may be resurrected once again to accomplish these improvements.   The focus for service lines is quite simple; View

Are you a Lean Thinker?

Are you a Lean Thinker?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why work is done the way it is or how it could be improved?  Looking for ways to empower your colleagues while keeping your customers happy?  Then lean thinking may be for you.Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why View

November 11: 2018 National Patient Safety Goal Update

November 11: 2018 National Patient Safety Goal Update

Posted on November 16, 2017

The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals are published annually for all sites of care accredited by The Joint Commission. Implementing the NPSGs, even if you are not Joint Commission accredited is an ideal way to maintain patient safety. You can access the NPSGs on the Joint Commission web site at no charge. The 2018 View

Population Based Care Coordination

Population Based Care Coordination

Posted on November 14, 2017

Greater emphasis is being placed on creating a model that will work in all settings and places the individual’s needs first. According to AHRQ, “Care coordination involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.

Optimizing Teamwork in Your Workforce

Optimizing Teamwork in Your Workforce

Posted on November 10, 2017

Teamwork is a familiar word that is frequently bantered around in the workplace yet implementation of the concept is not always easy nor is it easy to do well.  Unlike other species, humans think first about self; what’s best for me versus what’s best for the team.  Indulge me and contemplate for a moment, a View

How to Engage Patients in Choosing Healthy Behaviors WITHOUT Giving Advice

How to Engage Patients in Choosing Healthy Behaviors WITHOUT Giving Advice

Posted on October 25, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I, like most people, don’t like being told what to do.  From about the age of 2, we all began to flex our independence as we learned to say no.  As healthcare professionals, we have studied human development and have a pretty good understanding of it.  However, we don’t View

Strategies for Addressing Alarm Fatigue

Strategies for Addressing Alarm Fatigue

Posted on October 25, 2017

  Alarm fatigue or alert fatigue occurs when one is exposed to a large number of frequent alarms (alerts) and consequently becomes desensitized to them.  Anyone who has worked in a hospital has certainly experienced this.  Even patients can easily become desensitized. Improving the safety of clinical alarm systems is a Joint Commission National Patient View

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