Virtual Critical Care: A Lifeline for Rural Hospitals and Patients

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Augusta University Health (AU Health) operates two hospitals, a critical care center, and more than 80 outpatient practice sites in 24 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2019, AU Health partnered with Amwell to roll out a grant-funded program to provide telemedicine emergency services at six rural hospitals in Georgia with two major goals in mind: to improve care in rural communities and keep their hospitals financially viable.

In the summer of 2020, the program pivoted to provide critical care consults to patients with COVID-19 or other chronic conditions who could not be transferred to higher levels of care. In the first months of the program, participating rural hospitals reduced their transfers by more than 80%, enabling patients to receive care in their communities with minimal disruption to continuity of care.

Case Study: Distributed Radiology Spurs Quality and Efficiency

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Envision Physician Services

With multiple contracts for radiology services and an arduous quality assurance program, pulling records for case reviews was often a complicated process for one hospital’s radiology department. These challenges often came to a head during Joint Commission inspections, so this hospital sought to improve their radiology services through various optimization practices and strategies.

In this case study, learn how one hospital was able to achieve an immediate cost savings of $600,000 while increasing medical staff satisfaction with radiology services through the implementation of various strategies and best practices, to include:

  • Streamlining operations
  • Bolstering clinical and operational confidence for Joint Commission inspections
  • Introduction of new quality protocols
  • And more!

The API Revolution is Here – Are You Ready

Sponsored by
Change Healthcare

Application programming interfaces (APIs) already play a vital role in helping to resolve long-standing healthcare challenges—but adoption has been inconsistent.

Read our ebook, Wired for Transformation: The State of Healthcare APIs, for the results of our national study on API adoption, usage, and maturity among payers, providers, and technology companies. Commissioned by Change Healthcare and conducted by ENGINE Insights, the study reveals the growing importance of APIs to the digital health economy.

Discover how technical skills gaps, security concerns, cost restrictions, and competing industry standards are hindering the industry from realizing the full transformative potential of these interfaces. Learn when full parity among payers, providers, and HIT vendors is expected, and understand why the next three years will be pivotal in light of pending ONC and CMS rules. Is your organization ready?

Experience Management: A Prescription for a Digital Age

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Today’s life science and healthcare customer craves personalized, human experiences tailored to their every need. Does your organization have what it takes to anticipate and exceed these changing expectations across every digital touchpoint?

Deloitte Digital and Adobe can help. Get the complimentary “Experience Management: Prescription for a Digital Age” whitepaper and uncover the trends that can help you drive connection, loyalty, and growth.

Aromatherapy Interventions for Patient Discomfort: A Cost-Benefit Report For Nurse and Healthcare Leaders

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Soothing Scents

Prevalent across units, burdensome to recovery as well as hospital resources, and acutely disliked by patients: nausea-related discomfort is considered a particularly pernicious issue in the clinical setting. Calculating the financial toll of nausea and vomiting is complex and varies from hospital to hospital, but we generally observe that several consequences of failing to control nausea and vomiting, namely unanticipated readmissions, protracted care needs, increases in staff time, and unfavorable patient survey scores, contribute to these increases. The rise of integrative care solutions, specifically the use of inhaled aromatherapy interventions, may offer an effective strategy to healthcare leaders striving to improve their facility’s care outcomes while managing costs.

This report examines inhaled aromatherapy as an emerging complementary practice in nursing, and how it can help facilitate better patient, performance, and economic outcomes, by:

  • Improving patient satisfaction rates and perceptions of care
  • Reducing risks caused by errors or medication interactions
  • Reducing the length of stay and readmissions
  • Maximizing efficiency so that nurses can preserve their time, focus, and wellbeing
  • Integrating easily into existing treatment strategies

This report is authored by Soothing Scents Inc., the manufacturer of QueaseEASE, a non-pharmacological aromatherapy intervention to manage sensations associated with patient nausea and vomiting.

A New Solution for Clinical Documentation

Sponsored by
Sound Physicians

Hospitalists are an extremely efficient mechanism to ensure capture of HCCs for hospitalized patients through comprehensive documentation and recording of relevant ICD-10 codes on their professional services claims.

In addition, hospitalists are more reliable, less expensive, and less risky than home health visits or retrospective chart reviews.

In this case study, you will get insight into the goals of our HCC Recapture Program as well as proven results that lead to reproducible outcomes.