Tracking the Future of EMR: Walmart’s Move Toward Blockchain-enabled Medical Records

In August, Walmart was awarded a patent that may signal what the future holds for electronic medical records (EMRs). As Walmart wades into the healthcare business, the nation’s largest private employer is exploring blockchain technology’s application for medical records. “Walmart was one of the first companies to manage behavioral data and consumer-related information, and use […]

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Maximizing Collective Intelligence With Telepresence

“Video conferencing on steroids.” That’s how Terriance Moody, CEO of Dream Systems, describes telepresence, a simulation technology that enables the next-generation of face-to-face video meetings. Moody’s Nashville, Tennessee-based company uses robotics, high-definition video screens, and precise audio and video technologies to help
 healthcare professionals quickly communicate their expertise across the country and around the world. Dream […]

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The Power & Potential of Data

Q&A with Shay Bess, M.D. Shay Bess, M.D., believes the key to the future of medicine is data—and he works tirelessly to spread the message of its power to transform the quality of healthcare. As director of surgical quality and resource utilization for spine services at the Denver International Spine Center at HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s […]

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What’s New in Server Security?

Are you aware of all the potential threats to your organization’s servers? Are you confident that you’ve invested in the best possible protection for all the data contained on them? New risks and threats to server security continue to emerge, as technologies like cloud infrastructure deliver more opportunities for risks as well as benefits. Or […]

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Controlling Controlled Substances

Technology to Fight Opioid Diversion The opioid epidemic has grabbed national headlines in recent years. But the problem has actually been a pressing one for more than a decade, spurring new regulations across healthcare, says Mark Walsh, PharmD, director of clinical pharmacy strategies for HealthTrust. For instance, it has been 18 years since York Hospital […]

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Blockchain

The Next Frontier in Healthcare? Of all the technologies expected to transform healthcare over the next decade, blockchain may be the one many industry leaders find the most puzzling. Like with interoperability, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, there’s no shortage of hype about the distributed ledger technology, including conferences and consortiums devoted to exploring […]

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Maximizing Savings Through OptiFreight

Shipping costs need to be actively managed or they can get out of control and encompass more of your budget than you had anticipated. Using data analysis, OptiFreight Logistics helps HealthTrust members better manage inbound shipping from suppliers and outbound shipping from healthcare facilities to lower freight costs. John Waller, national system director of supply […]

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Healthcare Innovation

Service Lab: Healthcare Innovation

For people with neurological injuries or disorders, there’s often no such thing as full recovery—most will live with the condition for the rest of their life. Because of this, the assistance needed extends far beyond outpatient care and the occasional doctor’s visit. Most neuro patients are left to navigate complex treatment paths alone, along with […]

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Management Matters

In today’s complex healthcare environment, including one of the largest nurse shortages in history, labor often presents the greatest challenges. An aging population, coupled with higher overall usage of healthcare services, will continue to escalate the need for qualified medical professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered nurses is […]

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Jumpstarting Innovation

Virtual reality headsets aren’t just for video gamers. At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, surgeons have begun using virtual reality (VR) headsets to prepare for complicated heart surgeries on very small hearts. Traditionally, they were unable to fully understand a child’s heart problem until they started operating because images rendered on CT and […]

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Value Based Care

The mortality rate of patients with undetected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is at least twice that of patients who are accurately diagnosed. Prompt, accurate diagnosis is critical. The key, according to the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), is to “reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are […]

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Budgeting for Technology Feature

A few years ago, TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, began investing in limb preservation technology to better treat patients with vascular diseases who were at risk of amputation. The system includes new X-ray, catheter and ultrasound equipment to allow minimally invasive surgeries that remove blockages and restore blood flow to arteries. While the […]

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Always Ready, Always Vigilant

Infection prevention is both a challenge and an urgent priority for healthcare organizations. As threats emerge, the latest research identifies—or disproves—new infection prevention strategies. Payers, meanwhile, are increasing the pressure on providers to prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Knocking Out HAIs Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has made significant progress in preventing hospital-acquired infections. […]

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Know Your Inventory Story

Cardiovascular surgeons at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, don’t worry about running out of supplies. When they go into an operating room, the sterile kits, clamps, retractors, needles and other surgical instruments they need are always on hand, thanks to the heart and vascular center’s automated inventory management system. Each time an item […]

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