By all accounts, a majority of organizations are behind schedule in implementing ICD-10 and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is doing something about that. The group this week launched a new initiative to bring together state collaborative organizations to help reduce the time and cost for implementation, as well as to bring greater efficiencies to the process.
Videoconferencing can be valuable in allowing family and other caregivers to be part of interdisciplinary team meetings to plan hospice care, according to a study published at Telemedine and e-Health .
As emphasis on delivering high-quality care increases, hospitals' patient safety success stories can offer best practices to improve care.
If health IT leaders could take anything away from last week's hearing in which House members blasted officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense for opting to not create an integrated electronic health record from scratch, it's the importance of communication for all collaborative efforts.
With new delivery models promoting collaboration across the healthcare continuum, the question remains of who should lead teamwork between providers and nonclinicans.
A study of health information exchange implementation by the New York State Department of Health zeroes in how unforeseen factors can affect a complex technology implementation.
Researchers have long studied "Genovese syndrome," the lack of bystander intervention when Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was attacked, and found the same "bystander effect" is prevalent in healthcare organizations.
Collaboration among seven major hospitals successfully reduced surgical site infections after colorectal surgery by 32 percent over two and half years, according to The Joint Commission's Center for Transforming Healthcare.
Collaboration played a key part in the launch, last December, of the C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, part of the University of Michigan's health system.
Thanks to a web-based quality improvement collaborative, 90 percent of roughly 150 hospital teams lowered emergency department wait times, curbed readmission rates and made care more accessible.