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10.15.14   |   New Case Studies Released
New case studies have been released that highlight the impact of InstyMeds on a hospital and an ambulatory surgery center. You can download copies here:

Hospital Case Study:  Perham Health

Ambulatory Surgery Case Study:  Iowa City Ambulatory Surgery Center

03.01.14   |   Study shows the accuracy of InstyMeds
A study completed by Dr. Elizaebth A. Flynn found that the InstyMeds Dispensing System achieved a 100% accuracy rate in a cross-sectional study of more than 1,000 medications dispensed at 41 randomly selected sites in 12 states. The study, conducted by an award-winning researcher specializing in dispensing accuracy, found no errors among medications dispensed by InstyMeds compared to a 1.7% error rate - -the equivalent of 5 million errors annually -- among prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies. Click to download a copy of the study.

12.07.13   |   Rural hospitals rule on Leapfrog's Top Hospitals list
For the second consecutive year, rural hospitals stood out, with 22 hospitals making the Leapfrog Group's 2013 Top Hospitals list - a 69 percent increase from last year.

12.06.13   |   Digital wait-time counters could reduce ER tensions
Digital updates on emergency room wait times, tailored to a patient's specific condition or injury, may reduce stress and make patients more manageable.

12.05.13   |   Examining patient satisfaction incentives through different lenses
The importance of identifying and addressing barriers to patient satisfaction and outcomes at the root-cause level to truly improve patient satisfaction and decrease the cost of care.

12.05.13   |   Meet the hierarchy of patient needs to improve experience
Patients have a hierarchy of needs and meeting those needs eliminates the avoidable suffering that comes from dysfunction in healthcare delivery.

12.04.13   |   Improved ER observation units could cut readmissions
Emergency room type 1 observation units could reduce readmissions and healthcare costs by nearly $1 billion a year.

12.03.13   |   Avoid compounders that don't register with feds
The Food and Drug Administration is encouraging healthcare providers to make sure the compounded drugs they buy are mixed in facilities that are registered with the federal agency and are subject to inspections.

12.02.13   |   Paramedic home visits may reduce ER visits
In an effort to reduce emergency room admissions among the uninsured and chronically ill, one Minnesota healthcare provider is having its paramedics make house calls.

11.27.13   |   Reducing readmissions
New research indicates that hospitals fare better when they focus on patient care more generally rather than targeting specific conditions.

11.21.13   |   Lower readmissions tied to focus on whole patient
Reducing readmissions within 30 days may mean focusing on the whole patient, rather than just the person's symptoms and conditions that caused the original hospitalization.

11.21.13   |   What hospitals can learn from the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Some marketing lessons for hospitals based on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lessons include: Celebrate your community, throw a party, and community involvement.

11.19.13   |   Drug spending will hit $1 trillion in 2014
The latest drug-spending report from IMS Institute for Health Informatics claims the world market for prescription drugs will pass $1 trillion.

11.15.13   |   What makes U.S. health care so overpriced
A big culprit - the standard fee-for-service system that encourages doctors and other caregivers to give lots of tests, individual treatments and to prescribe drugs, instead of keeping patients well.

11.11.13   |   Five hospital characteristics necessary for success
Hospitals that will survive in the ever-changing health system will share five characteristics, according to healthcare industry leaders.

11.05.13   |   Keeping frequent flyers out of the hospital
Patients with the most costly and complex conditions are either homeless or one step away from that. It stands to reason that providing secure housing to people with chronic illnesses might help.

11.04.13   |   Hospitals recognized as Top Performers
The number of hospitals recognized by the Joint Commission's Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program has increased by 77 percent from last year.

11.02.13   |   HIPAA security on iPhones
Make sure your practice is HIPAA compliant - Policies to put in place to protect PHI on hospital staff's mobile devices.

11.01.13   |   WebMD buys startup to connect patients and physicians
Online health information company WebMD has snapped up Avado, a startup that develops cloud-based software to let physicians and patients interact.

11.01.13   |  5 Steps for Reducing Inappropriate Hospital Readmissions
Inappropriate hospital readmissions are a drain on hospital resources, time and money. To combat the additional costs, CMS established the Readmission Reduction Program. 

10.31.13   |   A Siri-like way to access health info
Online health community HealthTap has launched a new paid mobile app, called TalktoDocs, that gives patients a voice-controlled way to get answers to their medical questions.

10.30.13   |   Revving patient experience may require a cultural transformation
Healthcare organizations that have fully committed to improving patient experience share the common belief that developing a patient-centered culture is key to their success.

10.29.13   |   Reducing frequent flyers in the ED to reduce readmissions
One of the key factors in preventing hospital readmissions is for health leaders to think of patients as their responsibility even after discharge.

10.27.13   |   Medication adherence apps are all the buzz
With data suggesting that non-adherence to medications is costing over $100-290 billion in healthcare expenditures in the U, some are looking towards mobile technology as a solution.

10.25.13   |   DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites.

10.24.13   |   How insurance expansion affects ambulatory care
Expanding insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act may result in more outpatient clinic visits and unchanged emergency room use.

10.23.13   |   Interventions to reduce ER use and lower costs
Patient education and other interventions successful at reducing the number of visits to the emergency department (ED) to lower costs and improve the quality of care. 

10.22.13   |   Inpatient diabetes education linked to lower readmissions
Inpatients diagnosed with diabetes who receive inpatient diabetes education (IDE) have significantly lower frequency of all-cause hospital readmission within 30 days. 

10.21.13   |   4 ways hospitals can prevent readmissions
Reducing readmissions has long been a key priority for hospitals. Experts in the field give their thoughts on the four best strategies to reduce patient admission.

10.20.13   |   Drug use, spending varies widely in U.S. by region
As the government searches for ways to limit Medicare spending, it may eye a new report that says in some regions, older patients don't get the drugs they need. 

10.18.13   |   Flu level low in the US as CDC reports resume
There's no sign of flu season across the U.S. so far, according to the first report issued by government health officials since a partial government shutdown ended. 

10.17.13   |   Think small for big patient experience results
Healthcare recognizes that with experience, what matters most may very well be the littlest things.

10.16.13   |   Five Tips for Developing a Brand for Your Medical Practice
Your medical practice is a business too, and in order to thrive it needs brand recognition. A five-step strategy to develop a buzz-worthy brand. 

10.11.13   |   Patient Activation influences readmission rates
Patients possessing a high degree of knowledge, skills and confidence in self-managing their care were less likely to return to the hospital within 30 days.

10.10.13   |   Edward Hospital Installs ATM-Style Prescription Drug Dispenser
Edward Hospital announced it has begun offering InstyMeds to offer a safe and convenient way for patients to receive their prescription medications.

10.10.13   |   Sicker Medicaid emergency patients less profitable
For patients with Medicaid or Medicare insurance, the sicker the patient, the less profitable he or she is to the hospital.

10.10.13   |   Septicemia tops list of 10 most expensive inpatient conditions
Septicemia tops the list of most expensive inpatient conditions to treat, costing $20.3 billion in 2011 and representing 5.2 percent of total inpatient hospital costs.

10.08.13   |   ePrescribing reaches a tipping point
More than half of people who write prescriptions are now doing so electronically, representing an eightfold jump from four years ago.

10.07.13  |   Abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs
About 50 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose - a tally that, in most states, turns out to be more than deaths from car accidents. 

10.04.13   |   Skipping antibiotic after hospital discharge leads to higher costs
Patients who skip filling an antibiotic prescription after hospital discharge are at increased risk of rehospitalization and cost the healthcare system substantially more in the long term.

10.03.13   |   App provides up-to-date information about bacteria types
Once a patient's location is entered in the app, the provider can see lists of observed bacteria in patients in the area and antibiotic drug options ranked by organism susceptibility. 

10.02.13   |   Mobile health is having an impact on reducing readmissions
Hospitals have been realizing that reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions requires integrated, intelligent technology that empowers patients and families in their own medical care. 

10.01.13   |   Lessons learned from a pioneer ACO
Several lessons for hospitals and health systems that have yet to launch or are in the process of launching an accountable care organization.

09.18.13   |   Healthcare reform to drive up ED use
Medicaid patients use the emergency department more frequently than uninsured patients, as they still have trouble accessing primary care, according to a research letter in today's issue of JAMA.

09.10.13   |   Study finds high rate of post-surgical ER visits among seniors
A new study revealed that post-surgical emergency visits may become a solid measure of hospital quality.

08.29.13   |   Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5 billion
Healthcare IT spending will top $34.5 billion in North America in 2014, according to a new report by research firm Technology Business Research.

08.01.13   |   Patient experience remains a top priority among American hospitals
A report released by The Beryl Institute states that patient experience remains a top priority among American hospitals and continues to be a key issue for hospital leaders. 

06.19.13   |   Using prescription meds properly could save $200 billion a year
Fixing the medication adherence problem could save $105 billion per year on avoidable hospitalizations, ER visits and more.



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Examining patient satisfaction incentives through different lenses
The importance of identifying and addressing barriers to patient satisfaction and outcomes at the root-cause level to truly improve patient satisfaction and decrease the cost of care.

Meet the hierarchy of patient needs to improve experience
Patients have a hierarchy of needs and meeting those needs eliminates the avoidable suffering that comes from dysfunction in healthcare delivery.

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