Decoding Unique Device Identifiers

Currently being phased in over the course of many years, unique device identification (UDI) offers supply chain professionals a more robust method of asset tracking. An improved technology for capturing data, UDI builds upon barcoding, raising it to a more sophisticated and universal level. A UDI is composed of two parts: the device identifier (DI) […]

Improve Discharge Processes and Earn CE Credits through the Cost & Quality Academy’s October Virtual Conference

Mark your calendars – HBI‘s Cost & Quality Academy’s October Virtual Conference is just around the corner. On Tuesday, October 24th, at 1:30 pm EST, The Academy will feature best practice insight from Penn State Children’s Hospital. Register now for this Virtual Conference, entitled “Streamlining Discharge Processes – A Case Study in Maximizing Hospital Operational Efficiency.” […]

The Importance of Utilizing Data from Consumer Wearables to Enhance Care

Date: October 12, 2017
Filed under: EHR, Telehealth, Wearables

One of the biggest opportunities for improving patient care lies in finding ways to gauge patient health in between visits. Because remote patient monitoring devices offer providers an opportunity to look into the condition of a patient at any time, the otherwise inaccessible health status of a patient in the time between visits becomes another […]

The Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage: Causes and Tips for Managing It

Date: October 10, 2017
Category: Supply Chain

Currently, a staple medicine, sodium bicarbonate solution, has come in short supply, precipitated by recalls, manufacturer delays, and increased demand. Sodium bicarbonate is primarily used to rebalance the pH of patients whose blood has become too acidic. According to a recent article, “A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though its Base Ingredient is in Many Kitchens,” […]

Wake Up, Get a New Knee or Hip, and Go Home: Outpatient Joint Replacements

By: Bob Modlinski
Date: October 5, 2017

With surgical procedures continuing to become less invasive and pain management and medication becoming more effective, the idea of someone undergoing a major surgery—like  joint replacement—during the day and sleeping in their own bed that same night isn’t as farfetched as it once was. If you add in the right type of patient, you may […]

Keeping the Peace: Considerations for a Disruptive Patient Behavior Policy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 75% of work-related assaults reported from 2011 to 2013 took place in a healthcare or social service setting, and 80% of the incidents reported in 2013, alone, were caused by patients. As gatekeepers to patients’ access into a facility, frontline staff are not only susceptible to such […]

Barriers to Interoperability May Impact Costs and Quality

By: Nick Roehm
Date: September 28, 2017

Interoperability is currently one of the largest challenges facing the healthcare environment. Although the industry has made massive strides in digitization, the information continuum and surrounding security has received considerably less attention. The consequences of the lack of activity in the security arena are clear and unfortunately recurrent, however the impacts of insufficient standard and […]

Needleless Blood Draws: Q&A with Intermountain Healthcare

Blood draws are the most common of medical procedures, helping clinical professionals diagnose diseases, evaluate organ function, and determine if treatments are working. As elemental as they are to care delivery, however, blood draws are also sources of pain, anxiety, and risk—for patients and clinicians alike. Small but significant parts of the patient population are […]

Examining Anthem’s Recent Imaging Clinical Site of Care Review Policy

In today’s healthcare industry, the rising costs of treatment paired with high-deductible health plans are causing insurance companies to evaluate more cost-effective ways to provide care. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has taken a pioneering role in such efforts, and recently implemented a new policy that places greater restrictions on providing image services in certain […]