Healthcare Policy

Triple Aim

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What is the Triple Aim? The Triple Aim in Healthcare is a concept put forward by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that is intended to drive Healthcare providers to simultaneously implement programs…

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What Is SBAR? Healthcare Nursing and IT Communication

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We’ve all seen communication tools and styles come and go, but in Healthcare among clinicians, SBAR has seemed to stick. It stands for Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation. It works because it’s simple and provides a reliable framework for clinicians to convey urgent and non-urgent information. It is quite useful when clinicians are going through shift change as they communicate patient conditions, but can also be useful in the IT environment.

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Is It Ever OK To Look at Others’ Medical Records?

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In December 2014, University Hospitals of Cleveland notified almost 700 patients that their medical records had been accessed by an IT employee. The employee was fired, but only after it was found that the snooping had been going on since 2011. Like most IT folks, this person potentially had access to just about every piece of personal data on patients. I did some research on the hospital’s website and other news, but was not able to determine which medical records system is in place there.

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The Future of Retail Pharmacy

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Today the CVS pharmacy chain announced that it will stop selling tobacco products on October 1st, and will change its name to CVS Health. This announcement alone may seem expected, and may not look like it has much of a connection to Healthcare Information Technology. However, let’s look back to Feb 21 of this year to the announcement that CVS will deploy the Epic electronic medical record module EpicCare into its MinuteClinic locations.

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Emergency Room Overuse

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In 2013 the Washington State Hospital Association launched a technology program called EDIE, which stands for Emergency Department Information Exchange. About 30 hospitals participated in a type of health technology exchange, in which details about ED visits were collected by the EDIE system. The system revealed widespread abuse by patients who overused the ER…

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