As healthcare organizations strive to improve communications among care team members and with patients, they increasingly look to mobile technologies. Of course, one of the key considerations when deploying mobile communication is maintaining HIPAA compliance. These regulations and rulings are constantly being altered and updated to protect patients - as a result, it can be difficult to keep up with the myriad of compliance requirements. Failing to do so, however, creates significant risk.Read More
The average consumer now owns about four devices that are internet enabled - all of which are capable of taking in and transmitting data to and from other sources. However, not all of these devices can "talk" to one another. Having smart devices that are capable of communicating with each other is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). We are on the cusp of a future where all of our smart devices work together to create a seamless ecosystem that transmits information to control various household items.Read More
Patient engagement and positive outcomes go hand-in-hand—it is hard to have one without the other.
When providers work to keep healthcare consumers engaged, the consumers respond in kind: they become actively involved in their respective treatments and do their best to adhere to prescribed treatment plans and stay informed. In fact, when healthcare consumers are fully active in the treatment process, hospitals end up saving time and resources.Read More
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have had a unique impact on surgical care in the United States because they specialize in same-day surgical care, which includes preventive procedures, diagnostics, and other procedures (such as colonoscopies, cataract removal, or spinal injections) that don’t require long-term hospital admissions. Before ASCs, most surgeries, ranging from minor procedures to intensive operations, were performed in the hospital setting. With so many surgeries to conduct, hospitals often suffered from limited operating room availability, scheduling challenges, surgeon burnout, and slow turnover times for operating rooms.Read More