IT Partnerships in Patient Safety and Healthcare Staffing Where will hospitals and healthcare facilities find qualified nurse practitioners? A nurse practitioner enters the room. As the nurse practitioner greets the patient, he or she is immediately identified by 'smart room' technologies that confirm the nurse practitioner is an authorized caregiver. The nurse practitioner’s name appears on a flat screen for patients and family members to see and is prompted to wash his or her hands by a spotlight that points to the sink. Smart room technologies and electronic health and medical records systems are being deployed by hospitals nationwide to curb medical errors, reduce mortality rates and altogether enhance patient safety and outcomes. But what technologies are hospitals using to source and recruit savvy nurse practitioners? What healthcare management solutions to ensure a seamless transition in patient care when one nurse practitioner goes on leave and another takes over, or to eliminate countless phone hours finding last minute replacements for call outs and spikes in patient census? More importantly, "How does a hospital find nurse practitioners knowledgeable of EMRs and EHRs, smart room technologies and informatics?" Smart room technologies will only be as good as the "smart" nurses and doctors charged with entering and maintaining the [+]

Internet Connected Pill Caps are Making Their Way onto Patients’ Meds Whether you're an outpatient, visited by home health nurses or convalescing in a nursing home, it's not uncommon to forget to take your meds without prompting from caregivers; that's why attentive care from your physicians and nurses is so appreciated—but what happens in those instances where you, and you alone, are responsible for remembering to take your medication? Wouldn't it be great if lights flashed, and the pill bottle emitted sounds as a reminder? Well, groundbreaking Internet connected pill caps are doing just that. Vitality, a corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts has created a smart cap for pill bottles that communicates, not just with the patient, but with the patient’s loved ones, his pharmacy and his doctors. It's called GlowCap, and it’s changing pharmaceuticals and the way we approach them for the better. Watch this video and keep reading.

GlowCaps are fitted to bottles of medications by the pharmacy; when the patient brings them home, GlowCaps work in conjunction with a wall socket plug-in that lights up and beeps when it’s time to take medicine. If the flashing light isn’t enough to prompt the patient, she gets a missed dose "reminder call" [+]

Doctor-patient relationships are Improving with Health IT For healthcare vendor management and hospitals, quality of care, access and cost effectiveness are critical goals, and thanks to advances in Health Information Technology (IT) and prime examples of it—like telehealth—these goals are getting easier to meet. Health IT gives patients extended access to care in more remote areas, without the expense of building major medical centers in every city. The bottom line? Patients are healthier and requiring less service recovery. When done right, service recovery preserves the reputation of healthcare facilities should glitches arise—but with exciting developments in Health IT these “glitches” are on the decline. If you’d like to know how, just ask Kaiser Permanente—a leading healthcare provider in 9 U.S. states that published results of their study on 34,423 patients in their Southern California location; these patients had diabetes, hypertension or both, and used secure patient-physician messaging to communicate with their doctors —you can watch a video of telemedicine in action here.

The results showed that when patients use e-mail to discuss changes in their conditions, request new prescriptions or adjustments to medication, they were up to 10% less likely to schedule a doctor’s visit—as well as 14% less likely to [+]

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