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Many Hospitals Lack Preparation for Disaster Recovery

According to a recent Meritalk report, 82% of health IT executives report that their organizations are not prepared for a downtime. Not only does this raise major concern in the area of patient care, but also brings into question the economics of some of these institutions.

Many organizations have faced a downtime of one kind or another. Most healthcare organizations have even faced an unplanned downtime. In today’s world, with technology evolving at a constant rate, a HIT system, Application or Network downtime shouldn’t effect an organization nearly as much as it has in the past. Business continuity tools make any type of downtime manageable, if they are in place.

Once a downtime starts, chaos typically quickly ensues. Physicians scramble to use paper charts, only to realize the most recent information on patient is unavailable. Organizations have become so dependent on electronic records, that using paper based data as a backup strategy was not viable. Tools such as the Summit Downtime Reporting System enable hospitals to rely entirely on electronic records, worry free.

Downtime Reporting systems provide clinical and non-clinical users with a snapshot of key information, which is easily accessible from multiple touch points within their hospital. You can push critical report data to countless nursing units, ancillary departments and IT to ensure downtime is as streamlined and stress free as possible.

For more information on the Summit Downtime Reporting System (DRS), join our webcast below. Hear Pomona Valley Hospital (PVH) discuss how they leverage Summit DRS to ensure they…

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Posted by Alexandra Casey on April 8, 2014 at 11:38am

Arriving at Meaningful Use Attestation: Getting there is Half the Fun

Know the Right Math... and Choose the Right Path

Enhanced patient care, streamlined CMS quality reporting, smoother processes, incentive payments…these are among the rewards awaiting you at the elusive end of the Meaningful Use rainbow. But to realize them, you need to plan with a more mundane destination in mind — successful attestation. Without accomplishing this, you won’t achieve any of the program’s higher level benefits.

Although CMS has created a serviceable roadmap, hospitals still have many decisions to make along their MU journey including negotiating hairpin turns in complex regulatory requirements. They also need to understand the complex calculations needed for CQM reporting.

The first step is getting familiar with the MU program overall and reading through the specific requirements on a very granular basis. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. Summaries and comments help, but they are no substitute for reading through hundreds of pages of ever-changing rules and regulations.

MU Math: When attestation involves a measure, hospitals must show that an appropriate proportion of cases in the population have met the MU Objectives. This involves creating a fraction with the overall qualifying patient population as the denominator and patients meeting the Objective as the numerator. That fraction then becomes a percentage that must reach the mandated threshold for successful attestation.

CMS gives hospitals a little room to play with by offering a choice between two different population groups. The Observation Services Method includes patients admitted…

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Having introduced several innovative healthcare business models from India, we'd now like to call your attention to a Harvard Business Review blog article: Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti, both renowned professors of International Business, talk about how principles of mass and lean production have found their way into India’s health care delivery system, cutting costs while still delivering high-quality care.…

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Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Health, India, and the so-called "Henry Ford of heart surgery", has made it his mission to provide quality healthcare even to the poorest in India. With his healthcare model, he is convinced that he can not only change India’s healthcare system, but also meet the challenges of healthcare on a global scale. http://sie.ag/LFoRpy

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For Dr. S. Rajasekaran, radiology is not only useful for diagnosing diseases but also for understanding them. Radiology therefore plays a key role in his research in orthopedics at Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore, India. Read more about his award-winning methodologies in orthopedics and his vision for India’s health delivery model: http://sie.ag/1f672Lv

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Join our webcast as Susquehanna Health discusses how they successfully manage the inbound ordering process and integration between their hospitals and numerous physician practices.  Since their go live in December 2013 they are processing an average of 700 inbound orders daily from the ambulatory EMR system; NextGen. Susquehanna Health will discuss the integration hurdles including how they overcame the challenge of a unique Medicare and Medicaid requirement that required flagging patients that…See More
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How to keep the costs of diagnostic tests affordable for the average population? Find out how BABINA Diagnostics in Manipur, India, has achieved this by investing in laboratory automation. http://sie.ag/1aINMlA

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On the occasion of World Health Day, we would like to dedicate this video to all healthcare professionals around the world! Thank you - for being passionate about your work - for being dedicated to provide better care for your patients - and for the achievements you have accomplished.

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How to improve early detection and diagnosis of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or stroke? Professor Zang-Hee Cho, Director of Gachon University Neuroscience Research Institute in South Korea, uses high-end MRI and PET to study diseases affecting the country's aging population. He believes that pushing the boundaries of neurological imaging can not only provide paradigm-changing insights into these disorders, but might also have further applications in…

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We're all set for you stopping by at our booth No. 2300 at #ESTRO2014. Our experts are looking forward to discuss with you how our solutions can support oncology treatments.

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Access to high-quality healthcare is not a given for everyone, especially in India. According to Dr. Naresh Trehan, founder of Medanta - The Medicity, the quality of care is still insufficient in many rural areas of the country. In an interview with Medical Solutions Online, he explains the underlying concept of Medanta and how he is planning to further improve access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare for everyone in India. http://sie.ag/NJAj4d

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On Medical Solutions Online, Dr. Vijay Sadasivam explains why both physicians and patients at SKS Hospital in Salem, India, benefit from advanced CT technology. To learn more about the story behind the remote hospital's investment in this advanced technology, visit: http://sie.ag/1dpdyPR

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When patients have to pay for healthcare out of their own pocket without receiving hardly any government support, delivering high-quality care and focusing on health outcomes becomes evermore important. Get insights into several innovative healthcare business cases from India and how they try to meet the challenge to make quality healthcare accessible for a 1.2 billion population. http://sie.ag/1bhMV8h

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Having access to quality healthcare shouldn't depend on having sufficient money at hand to cover the costs. For this reason, CEMA (Centro de Especialidades Médicas Ambulatorias) has taken up the cause to fight these social problems not only by supporting other health centers and reducing health costs, but also by providing Mar del Plata with an outpatient clinic. Medical Solutions Online gives more insights into how CEMA improves access to quality health services in…

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