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  • Physician referral system reboot improves patient access
  • Data breaches on the rise: Are you prepared to stop the leak in 2015?
  • Clinicians increasingly use mobile devices, face challenges
  • Portals offer secure online patient interaction
  • Limits to resident hours don't improve patient safety
  • Accountable care organizations continue to flourish as payers and providers work towards value-based care
  • Ebola response shows double standard in infection control prevention
  • New insurer links wearables, rewards to consumer-friendly strategy
  • Upcoming Webinars




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    Physician referral system reboot improves patient access
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    Two years ago, University Hospitals of Cleveland set out to solve problems within its patient access operations. The 2,000-bed academic medical center historically had challenges related to its call center operations, scheduling and referral guidelines and provider information visibility. The result was a less-than-perfect patient experience, high operation costs and lost revenue.
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    Data breaches on the rise: Are you prepared to stop the leak in 2015?
    By Paul Starkman
    From Target to Sony, the number of security breaches continued to climb throughout 2014, as did the scope of the data breaches and the costs involved. The current epidemic of security breaches is happening at companies of all sizes and industries. As you turn the calendar to 2015, how can you be ready to stop the leak and mitigate the potential and significant damage that quickly engulfs companies?
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    Clinicians increasingly use mobile devices, face challenges
    Health Data Management
    While 69 percent of clinicians use mobile apps to access clinical information, only 33 percent believe they can access most or all of the clinical systems technologies they need via smartphones and tablet computers. That is the finding of a just-released 2014 Mobile Devices Study by HIMSS Analytics. Based on a survey of 139 clinicians and data from the HIMSS Analytics Database, the study concludes that smartphones and tablets have the potential to transform the way in which clinician’s access patient information.
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    Portals offer secure online patient interaction
    Lexington Herald Leader
    Patient portals are healthcare-related online applications that allow patients to interact and communicate with their healthcare providers. Much like electronic health records, they are taking medicine into the next era of patient-provider communication. Portals allow patients to access their medical information, see results of medical tests and ask for a renewal of a prescription. Some portals also offer features as the ability to request, cancel or reschedule appointments.
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    Limits to resident hours don't improve patient safety
    FierceHealthcare
    Efforts to cut down on the hours logged by doctors in training have had no measurable impact on patient outcomes, according to two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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    Accountable care organizations continue to flourish as payers and providers work towards value-based care
    EHR Intelligence
    Payers and healthcare providers continue to collaborate for value-based reimbursement and population health by forming new accountable care organizations and agreements. This week, providers in Michigan, Colorado, Connecticut, and Arizona announced partnership arrangements that will foster community health and coordinated care.
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    Ebola response shows double standard in infection control prevention
    FierceHealthcare
    Health officials' response to Ebola compared to their reaction to hospital-acquired infections demonstrates a clear double standard, according to an opinion piece in Forbes. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has gone to extensive lengths to prevent the spread of Ebola, recently working with the White House administration to designate 35 hospitals nationwide as treatment centers for any patients who contract the virus, it has not made the same effort for HAIs such as C. diff., writes Forbes contributor Robert Pearl, M.D., the CEO of Permanente Medical Group.
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    New insurer links wearables, rewards to consumer-friendly strategy
    Healthcare Payer News
    A startup health insurer trying to capitalize on digital services and simplicity is now offering members wearable devices and incentives for activity, another step in its bid to disrupt health insurance. Oscar Health Insurance, a New York City-based health plan that markets itself as "A new kind of health insurance company," is offering members free Misfit wearable fitness trackers and up to $20 per month in Amazon.com cash for those who meet walking goals.
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