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I’ll Be Back: Return of AI and Machine-Based Learning

I was reading an article that was published on February 3, 2015 by Bloomberg Technology, I’ll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence, and definitely can relate to the title of the article.

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The What, When, and How of eCQM Reporting

It’s hard to believe QTR 4, 2016 is well under way. Hospitals are starting to validate QRDA data for reporting electronic Clinical Quality Measures (CQM). The alignment of CQM reporting for the EHR incentive program and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program has not come without many challenges, including several months of preparation and changes to make it happen.

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Top Challenges Faced by Hospitals Implementing eCQMs

If you are a nurse or involved with quality at your healthcare organization, you know that quality reporting is complicated. Your primary responsibility is to provide the best quality care, but you have the additional task to report on value-based care to CMS.

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QRDA-1 for eCQM to QNet...it's GREEK to me!

As a nurse, I’m used to interpreting patient orders full of abbreviations & jargon. Acronyms, Latin abbreviations, and documentation shortcuts coined by nurses in the world of paper charting; one could think clinicians speak a different language. But then there’s CMS semantics...

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Uses of Technology in 2016 for Value-Based Care

After my Internet was down for a week and I had to use my iPhone® Hotspot to do demonstrations for hospitals, it got me thinking about the relationship of technology regardless of the use. 

During this outage, it was so frustrating to deal with the support team for my carrier. The supervisor finally said, “to escalate the issue I will have to do a paper ticket.”
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Three Reasons To Track Your Readmission Rate

The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) is a key quality standard reviewed by CMS. Below are three reasons why your healthcare organization should be tracking and analyzing this important requirement.

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What killed Patty Duke?

I am sure we were all sad to see actress Patty Duke die as a result of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis is the body's "overwhelming and life-threatening response" to an infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis can be spurred by any type of infection, even a minor one, and occurs when germs enter a person's body and multiply, causing illness and organ and tissue damage.

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The Use of Analytics and Algorithms for Sepsis Management

For the last several years, Iatric Systems Visual SmartBoard™ has been helping healthcare organizations detect the early signs for sepsis. Identifying sepsis requires examining multiple clinical measures, which can be difficult when the information is buried in multiple reports that could be many hours old. If a physician isn’t able to put all the pieces together or doesn’t have access to all the information in a timely manner, he or she can be blindsided.

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A Product Strategy That Makes Sense

Some companies’ products seem like they were always meant to be, making perfect sense. One such example is Apple’s iPhone, which, like its iPod predecessor, is essentially a small computer made up of hardware running an OS with various applications. These are the things Apple was always good at.

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Transitioning to Value-Based Care

In December of 2010, our company started a project to track for the Meaningful Use program. We had many years of prior experience with a RAC tracking tool and this was just another CMS program — right?

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