Simple implementation and an automated system make a Policy Management System a secure and easy way to manage the documents in your healthcare organization. Features such as inline editing, search functions, accessibility, and more work to streamline processes and reduce risk. This solution benefits each department. Here’s a quick look at what it can do for your department.Read More >
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of co-presenting the first in a series of 4 webinars with Felicia Sadler of Prophecy Health. The session was entitled "Keeping Up & Staying Ahead: The Components of an Effective Compliance Program" and offered a primer on the many innate considerations in crafting a comprehensive compliance program. First things first, a one-hour session can only scratch the surface of a topic such as this. Felicia did an amazing job of introducing a number of key drivers and requirements and providing resources to circle back to dig deeper on any given point.
Last Sunday, November 17, was a very sad day for the state of Illinois as well as for other areas across the Midwest. The town of Washington, IL was pretty much leveled. As my family was glued to the TV trying to figure out what to do based on the ominous forecast, I couldn't help thinking of the hospitals that lied in the likely path of the enormous storm.
Humans have only evolved through the ages because we adapt and learn from past events. Is your hospital any more prepared for the next natural disaster or emergency 1 year after the lessons of Hurricane Sandy? We heard numerous times from our affected East coast hospitals that during the disaster the hospital’s Intranet was the go-to source for updates and emergency information during the crisis. Some even said they couldn’t have lived without the intranet! If your hospital’s intranet is not currently capable of assisting in an emergency you should prepare now before the next crisis arises.
Last week’s session in HospitalPortal.net’s educational webinar series seems to have struck a chord with attendees. Comments included “I found it jam packed with great suggestions and was very pleased with the format, content of the program and how much value was included in the content. I have many ideas as a result. Thanks for the opportunity!” Other feedback from the session has consistently been appreciative of covering in fair detail a topic that rarely is granted a closer look: the nitty gritty details of meticulous document management, especially with consideration of the highly regulated nature of healthcare.
Hospital intranet projects are often lost amongst the multitude of other clinical system implementations that seem to never end. Effective internal communications are often high on the list of priorities for a hospital, however with slim budgets and limited resources, implementing an intranet system can seem like another "nice to have" expense. The reality is that an effective intranet is must have for any hospital from critical access to large health systems. Effective intranets are a one stop shop for staff to access information necessary to do their jobs. They also house critical information like clinical policies and procedures, call schedules, and the cafeteria menu <-- this may or may not be considered critical by some ☺. So if this is true how can we justify the expense? The ROI of an intranet can be realized in many ways both qualitative and quantitative which we will discuss further.
A recent tragedy like what took place in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 elementary children and six adults were killed by a mentally disturbed young man, can happen even in hospitals. In fact, it happened at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2010. A gunman killed himself and his mother, who was a patient there, and wounded her doctor.