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Sue Ellen McKelvey

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What Is Telemedicine Technology and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Telemedicine is a term that both healthcare providers and their clients are beginning to hear more often, and with good reason. Telemedicine technology is becoming more widely used today, and it holds the potential to facilitate a number of important changes that are underway in today's healthcare system. We'll get into the details of what telemedicine technology is and why it is such an important element of today's evolving healthcare landscape.

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Patient Engagement: Improving the Patient-Doctor Relationship

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Solid, trusting patient-doctor relationships, always important to quality care, have become even more so in recent years. Today's healthcare consumers simply aren't satisfied with the traditional, doctor-in-the-driver's-seat relationship that once dominated healthcare interactions. Rather, they expect a more collaborative and patient-centered relationship, one that helps them feel valued, heard, and respected as active participants in their own process of care.

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Time Is Money: Are Your Staff Hours Being Used Efficiently?

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

If you run a medical office, it certainly isn't news to you that practices of all sizes are under a lot of pressure these days, as ongoing changes in the healthcare market demand that more is done with less revenue and fewer resources. Greater practice efficiency is key to making that happen, which means streamlining the way day-to-day business is done.

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Chronic Care Management And Technology: Making Strides Towards Better, More Cost Efficient Care

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Individuals with chronic and complex health conditions are a large and growing segment of the population today, and account for a disproportionately large portion of healthcare utilization and costs. For that reason, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of chronic care management has been an important area of focus in ongoing efforts to increase the cost-efficiency, quality and consistency of care through value based healthcare models. Here, we'll look at the role healthcare information technology can play in promoting those improvements.

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The Relationship Between Quality Reporting and Bloated Administrative Costs

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

An ongoing shift to value-based care in today's healthcare industry offers a great many important benefits to healthcare consumers, healthcare providers, payers and other stakeholders, but the transition has had its share of difficulties as well. Increasing administrative burdens for healthcare providers is one of them. A 2016 study, published in Health Affairs spoke to the impact of this type of reporting requirements on medical practices.

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The Measure That Matters For Quality and Cost Improvements: Health Outcomes

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Over the past few decades, the use of measures of care delivered has increased; quality of life 'health outcomes' questionnaires became a useful method in assessing the very difficult area of cancer treatment management; where the impact of treatment beyond the cancer target was to be considered case by case.

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Smarter Technology For Smarter Management of Healthcare Costs

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Today's healthcare system is under great pressure to bring rising healthcare costs under control, and many strategies have been put into action in order to achieve that goal. What most of them have in common is an emphasis on providing value to healthcare consumers via better, more efficient care delivery, while containing or reducing costs. Much of the responsibility for bringing about these changes rests on the shoulders of healthcare providers, as government and commercial payers demand that they streamline their practices to do more with less.

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Practice Management Challenges: Rising Operating Costs

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

Healthcare practices, like any business, have always faced financial challenges, and ever-rising operating costs have always been on that list of challenges. However, over the past few years, factors such as new regulations, health insurance changes and uncertainty around reimbursement rates and new payment models have intensified the problem. Not only do these factors contribute to greater operating costs, they also squeeze revenues, leaving providers with that “stuck between a rock and a hard place” feeling.

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Transitioning to Value-Based Care: Meet the Challenges With Better Technology

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey

A value based healthcare model strives to improve the quality of the care delivered and demonstrate better client/patient centered health outcomes whilst also lowering healthcare costs. This has the potential to benefit both the providers and healthcare consumers they serve. However, it also represents an entirely new business model for a clinic and their clients as well as the provider team. A new base for payments is the challenging reality in the stressed healthcare system of developed countries. This new approach requires a big shift; transitioning from the traditional fee-for-service system has some challenges. Here, we hope to talk to these transitions and detail some of the key challenges providers are facing as they make that transition. The role of your healthcare IT platform is important; it should in 2017/2018 be an asset and a friend of the clinic in helping to show value based care for clients as well as helping the provider team to meet performance challenges.

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Great Healthcare Management Is All About Seamless Information Management

Posted by Sue Ellen McKelvey
Information management has always been an important component of healthcare. This used to be all about the processes. Now as we look forward it is also about the ability to provide safe, effective care to healthcare consumers. However, as these efforts increase, seamless data management is key. The quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery has placed new demands on today's healthcare providers, and there is to be a seamless flow around information management; now essential in any IT platform supporting healthcare management. Read More

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