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HealthLeaders Media's roundtables provide in-depth coverage of the most important issues confronting healthcare leaders today. Each roundtable offers insightful analysis of many sides of an issue as presented during a freewheeling discussion among healthcare industry experts. Find out about sponsoring a roundtable or contact the editor for more information.
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Building the Digital Hospital of the Future

December 10, 2009
The healthcare industry is moving toward a system where information can be secure, reliable, and easily accessed. The goal is to give caregivers the ability to concentrate on caring for the patient, rather than wasting time with burdensome technology and inefficient care delivery processes. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts for a high-level discussion regarding what moves hospitals should be making now to prepare for a digital, interoperable healthcare system.
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Making Patient Experience Initiatives Stick

November 13, 2009
A patient experience initiative can fail for many reasons. For starters, you can treat it like just another initiative—a fad that will inevitably fade from favor with the next change in the weather—or the C-suite. It can die from simple neglect—a lack of time, money, and attention—even if everybody understands and agrees how important it is. On the other hand, there are plenty of ways to make patient experience more than just another initiative, to weave it into the very fabric of your organization's culture, and ultimately to reap the rewards of a healthier bottom line and a reputation that people will talk about with anyone who will listen. HealthLeaders recently convened a panel of experts who shared their best tactics not only for making patient experience a priority, but also for maintaining the momentum.
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Maximizing Quality from IT

October 13, 2009
The promise of healthcare IT lies in the gulf—the one between what computers can do with speed and precision versus what healthcare can do to properly structure the data. In the end, the idea is that the precision and speed of IT will enable doctors and nurses to make better decisions with robust, real-time data delivered to them by precisely the right tool in the right space. While the government and other players are adding pressure to bridge the gulf, fundamental issues remain. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of IT experts to address these questions.
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Challenges and Opportunities Facing Community Hospitals

September 13, 2009
Many community hospitals experiencing financial difficulties or capital deficiency see only a few unappealing options for securing their future: selling outright, merging with a large chain or nonprofit system, or continuing to struggle as they fall further and further behind the competition. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts for a high-level discussion on a third choice for such hospitals: Union with a well-capitalized partner that allows the hospital to retain significant operational control.
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Leadership Recruiting and Development 2009

August 13, 2009
Finding the right leaders to guide an organization to the other side of this recession is extremely challenging. With half of all hospitals losing money, the housing crisis, layoffs, and a massive scale-back of services, recruitment efforts have been severely hampered. That?s not exactly the environment that a new leader wants to walk into right now. What strategies can organizations use to get the right talent in the door? How can organizations develop internal leaders? What role do interim executives play in the current market? HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts to seek answers to those questions and many more.
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: What Hospitals Need to Do Now

July 13, 2009
Few industries depend on legislation and regulation as much as healthcare does. That's why the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is so important for healthcare organizations of all sizes, from the smallest physician practice to the largest and most complex academic medical center. Why? Because they all stand to gain unprecedented reimbursement increases in return for meaningful use of information technology in their treatment of patients. Second, they all stand to be penalized if they don't comply with the technological specifications outlined in the act. How many healthcare organizations are currently ready to live with its provisions? What remediation do the vast majority of organizations need in order to be eligible for the rewards and disqualified from the penalties? HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts to seek answers to those questions and many more.
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The State of the Healthcare IT Infrastructure

June 13, 2009
For any industry to deliver on its business promise it needs an infrastructure that supports quality and allows for growth. The healthcare industry is facing a convergence of pressures to use information technology to improve the quality of care and reduce cost. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act calls for $19.2 billion in funding to at first promote and, subsequently, mandate the use of electronic health records. But the government is hardly the only healthcare stakeholder to question the value provided by the patchwork nature of the nation's healthcare IT. Only a fraction of the nation's hospitals are using point-of-care technologies like computerized physician order entry or medication bar coding. Those that do use such point-of-care systems do so in isolation, their data walled behind proprietary software from EMR vendors. Are the tools of healthcare technology an adequate foundation for the performance demands that are no longer far away? HealthLeaders convened a panel of experts to ask for their insight on whether the industry can build on what exists, or whether a new, more innovative healthcare IT infrastructure that improves data at the point of care is required.