Critical Alert Systems,Mobile Staff Terminal

Critical Alert debuts new nurse call “Mobile Staff Terminal” enhancement at ANCC National MAGNET Conference

Critical Alert Systems, a leading provider of nurse call solutions for hospitals and health systems, today announced it will be debuting a new Mobile Staff Terminal enhancement to its industry leading Nurse Call System at the 2016 ANCC National MAGNET Conference being held this October 5-7, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Critical Alert Systems is in Booth #1823, Venetian Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center.

The new Mobile Staff Terminal is now included as a standard component of Critical Alert’s Nurse Call System, and will enable hospitals and healthcare organizations to port staff station functionality to any device connected to a hospital’s network including mobile computers, smartphones, tablets, or wall-mounted touchscreen devices.  The Mobile Staff Terminal provides caregivers and other staff with the mobility and flexibility to review requests & messages, complete workflow tasks, cancel alarms, create ad-hoc tasking, track rounding progress or run-through reminders on any device convenient to their location. The Mobile Staff Terminal then automatically updates Critical Alert’s Nurse Call system tracking, reporting, and workflow statistics to reflect the latest status.

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25 best places to work in healthcare, according to Indeed

Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital topped Indeed’s list of best places to work in healthcare this year, based on more than 10 million company reviews on Indeed’s website.

Regional hospitals and health systems dominated this year’s list, with just a few national systems and international corporations breaking into the top 25.

Here are the 25 best places to work in the healthcare industry, according to Indeed:

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Children’s Mercy Kansas City wins 2016 Magnet Prize

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) today announced Children’s Mercy Kansas City, in Kansas City, Missouri, as the winner of the ANCC 2016 Magnet Prize sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in health care technology.

The prize recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices in ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations. Cerner encourages cutting-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $50,000 purse attached to The Magnet Prize. The prize money will help Children’s Mercy further develop the innovative program selected for the Magnet Prize. This year’s award was presented Oct. 5, at the 2016 ANCC National Magnet Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“We are pleased to honor this remarkable innovation that Children’s Mercy created by its nurse- driven focus, interprofessional collaboration and inventive use of technology to attain remarkable patient outcomes,” said Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, interim chief staff officer, ANCC.

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EHNAC releases new 2017 accreditation criteria versions for public review through Nov. 30

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today that it has posted new versions of program criteria for public review. The open process for adopting criteria will last 60 days, commencing on Sept. 30, 2016 and ending on Nov. 30, 2016. Feedback is encouraged with regard to the necessity, appropriateness and workability of the criteria versions proposed for adoption. EHNAC seeks interested parties to provide opinions, comments and suggestions for the 18 enhanced 2016 criteria versions that have been developed for each of EHNAC’s accreditation programs.

“This year brought a number of impactful changes to nearly all of our accreditation programs, including updates relative to the OCR Phase II Protocol, aligning the HIPAA privacy and security criteria across all of our programs, and significant changes to the three DTAAP programs to reflect DirectTrust’s new releases of its Certificate and HISP Policies,” said Ron Moser, EHNAC Senior Site Reviewer/Auditor. “We look forward to receiving the industry’s feedback through this 60-day review process as we look to solidify these criteria versions moving into 2017.”

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How to transform practice workflow and in-house orthotics and supplies programs


Amanda Marvin, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Director, OrthoVirginia’s North region

In today’s evolving healthcare system, we’re seeing the core of practice and hospital management shift from fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model. With a greater focus on quality of care, outcomes and cost efficiency, providers across the country are working to navigate this move. For orthopedic providers facing reduced revenue and rising overhead costs, many must find additional revenue sources to remain relevant.

As such, providers are turning to inventory and patient workflow management, and ancillary services to generate income and control costs. The value of adding in-house ancillary services – supplemental lines of business offered in-house, like orthotics & Durable Medical Equipment (DME), imaging, physical/occupational therapy, and laboratory – can be substantial. For OrthoVirginia, adding orthotics & DME as ancillary services saves staff three minutes per patient and generates an average net profit of $53K per doctor, per year, across our 10 practice locations in the northern region.

OrthoVirginia North has transformed its in-house bracing and supplies program using the following “best practices” approach.  

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Spok survey finds increase in mobility planning but gaps in critical infrastructure

Spok, a global leader in enterprise critical communications, today released the findings of their fifth annual mobility strategies in healthcare survey. The survey is designed to assess mobile workflow enablement progress and trends in hospitals across the country. More than 550 healthcare organizations responded to this year’s questions about mobile strategy documentation, bring your own device (BYOD) policies, communications infrastructure, and information security.

“The results this year provide empirical data to support what we hear directly from our customers,” said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Spok Holdings, Inc. “The majority of hospitals and health systems are formalizing a mobility strategy, which helps define the goals and framework for all mobile-related projects.” This framework includes how to measure project goals, what integrations are necessary to meet those goals, as well as the details of what mobile devices will be supported.

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ED performance: How analytics is improving care and patient experience

Joe Warbington

Joe Warbington, Director Market Development for Healthcare, Qlik

Emergency departments around the world are under tremendous pressure to reduce patient waiting times and drive clinical effectiveness in all areas. The ED in most hospitals is a fast paced, high pressure environment where no two days are the same and where an increasing demand has led to significant focus on quality and performance. Given this backdrop, data and analytics may not seem like an obvious solution, but the evidence of the impact these programs are having is undeniable.

At the North East Georgia Medical Center, Dr. Mohac Davè, the ED Medical Director has been working with Qlik in their ED for over 2 years, specifically targeting performance, patient experience and patient safety. The ED manages 115,000 patients per year and one of the early findings showed that contrary to popular belief, arrival patterns are actually extremely predictable. “We now know with some certainty that Mondays, especially afternoons and evening, are going to be the highest volume day.” Dr. Davè goes on to say that, “Qlik has allowed us to take this knowledge and provide staffing to demand.”

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AirStrip calls for end of data blocking as part of National Health IT Week

Health information technology (HIT) plays a crucial role in improving healthcare delivery, but the practice of data blocking is denying patients the best care possible. As a partner in National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, which starts today and runs through September 30, mobile interoperability leader AirStrip is calling for change.

“HIT must be integrated and interoperable to support optimal patient outcomes, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is well-positioned to help the healthcare industry advance,” AirStrip CEO and Chairman of the Board Alan Portela said. “The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) can help us identify what works and what needs to change, but other elements must also be in place to truly drive progress.”   

To start, Portela called on vendors to end data blocking.

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Pharmacy: From guesswork to laboratory precision


Teresa Meek, a writer for Insight Enterprises

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is celebrating World Pharmacists Day on September 25 in a fun, modern way. The FIP invites pharmacists to show their support by posting social media pictures with the official FIP Twibbons or specially designed “I care for you” placards in alignment with this year’s theme, “Pharmacists: Caring for you”. 

The ancient profession has come a long. Let’s take a quick look at its progression.

In 4000 B.C. the Sumerians used licorice, mustard, myrrh and opium to treat pain.

In ancient Egypt, a papyrus dating from 1500 B.C. reveals that 800 prescriptions and 700 drugs were in circulation.

In ancient China, documents reveal that plant-based drugs were administered as early as 2000 B.C.

Globally, signs and records unveil the study of medicine throughout the ages; but, it was the Arabs, building on Greek tradition, who first separated apothecaries and their duties from those of physicians. From that distinction, European countries influenced by Arabic traditions, created the first public pharmacies in the 17th century.

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Vocera integration with prescriptive analytics reduces patient falls

Vocera Communications, a leading healthcare communications company, today announced that long-time customer MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has once again improved patient care with the launch of a fall prevention program. The innovative new initiative combines prescriptive analytics using the hospital’s clinical data with the Vocera Communication System, an intelligent software platform enabling real-time alerts and notifications, secure texting, hands-free communication, and integration with more than 75 clinical systems including electronic health records, nurse call and bed management solutions. The program is supported by analyticsMD’s prescriptive analytics solution.

For more than 13 years, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been a Vocera customer, initially implementing the Vocera Communication System enterprise-wide to reduce noise levels. That objective was quickly met; and over the years, the hospital has leveraged Vocera technology in many other ways to improve patient experience and workflow efficiency. Equipping environmental services staff with wearable, voice-controlled communication devices helped improve room turnover rates, and integration between the bed tracking system and the Vocera solution significantly improved patient wait times and throughput in the emergency department. In 2012, the hospital integrated its nurse call solution with the Vocera system, connecting patients quickly to their caregivers and reducing staff response times.

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