The Centers for Disease Control says it’s the heart of flu season, which means when someone infected with the virus coughs, sneezes or even talks, they’re at risk of spreading the flu. While the timing and duration of flu season differs each year, the CDC says it typically starts in the fall and goes through the winter months.
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It’s probably safe to say that the last time most of us drove a rental a car, we didn’t treat it with the same care and respect we would’ve had it been our own vehicle. We may have nicked a few curbs, left the sunroof open in the rain or even had an unfortunate spill in the front seat. That we didn’t clean up.
After all, unless there was major physical damage – think bigger than a door ding – we had no real accountability to the next person who’d drive the vehicle.
Once we pulled into that rental car bay, put the car in park and handed over the keys, it was back to our daily lives – where we’d only think of treating our personal cars with care.
It’s a similar situation when it comes to implementing tablets – iPads, Surfaces, etc., – in hospitals.
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In late November, I hosted a webinar on Advanced eSignature Solutions for Cerner. Clinicians from more than 700 hospitals – or about 42 percent of Cerner’s client base – registered for the event.
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I think there are certain terms or expressions in our present day tech lexicon that have become undercut because of overuse. To this point, I give you “game changing.” Especially in the technology sphere, we have a tendency to play the “game-changer” card every time there’s a new app, software upgrade or iPhone release. Abuse of the term has watered down its impact and when something really is a game-changer, we automatically approach it with cynicism.
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Hospital staff and anxious patients have many forms to complete before elective surgery.
Even though paper forms slow down staff productivity, waste money, introduce unnecessary risk, and add little to a positive patient experience, many hospitals have not adopted an eForm management solution. According to federal statistics, as of 2015, about 80 percent of acute care hospitals had an EHR using digitized surgical consent forms―up from less than 10 percent in 2008. That still leaves 20 percent of hospitals using outdated paper forms.