Eliminating Risk Using a Hospital Intranet

By HospitalPORTAL | 6/26/18 10:00 AM

Risk-Management in healthcareIt has happened to even the most meticulous of hospitals, a mix-up in patient documentation or possibly a policy wasn’t updated to the new regulations leading to an old protocol getting administered, both issues that can yield complications for patient care. If this has happened at your hospital or healthcare organization, then you know the importance of enhancing processes and systems by implementing an effective policy management program. A hospital Intranet offers the hospital a chance to develop, update, and collaborate on policy management efforts which can eliminate risk in a healthcare environment.

Effective Policy Management With An Intranet

The development of standardized policies and procedures can help to mitigate risk by promoting regulatory compliance and workplace safety. A hospital Intranet allows for staff members to create well-written, easy to update policies and procedures which can aid in the reduction of substandard patient care. Without an Intranet, the hospital would have to embark on a lengthy process of manual management and email communication around the same policy to several different department heads, waiting for approval and without being able to track the changes that were made. However, a hospital Intranet immediately eliminates these barriers to effective policy creation and execution.

Enforcing Accountability To Improve Patient Safety

Implementing an enterprise content management system such as the HospitalPORTAL Intranet with a built-in policy management platform is a key method for reducing the possibility of patient harm. With state of the art, built-in features such as track changes, read acknowledgement, automated workflows, on-screen reminders for review/approval tasks, and a number of reporting and audit trail options, it is impossible for a provider to avoid responsibility regarding any changes they may have made to policies involving patient care. This serves to keep hospital staff accountable and to accurately monitor when changes and updates occur that could compromise or even enhance patient care.

Promoting Hospital Compliance

One of the primary ways to ensure that a patient is receiving the highest possible standard of care is to adhere to procedural regulations. A hospital Intranet promotes hospital compliance which in turn, raises the level of patient/staff interactions, creating a more unified workforce that is delivering more standardized care. In addition to reducing medical practice variations, the Intranet enhances the hospital’s ability to comply with statutes, regulations, and accreditation requirements such as those set forth by HIPAA, helping them to pass surveys and meet regulatory mandates.

When patient care standards are formalized through the deployment of hospital policies and procedures, this enhances adherence to pre-established medical care standards which lends a positive reputation for your hospital.

Take the time to explore our website and learn more about the HospitalPORTAL Intranet and policy management solution. HospitalPORTAL is truly a great resource for enhancing patient safety and reducing risk in a hospital setting with easy to use tools that can assist your daily compliance and risk management routines. Learn more about our services by exploring the website today.

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How A Policy Manager Will Benefit Your Organization – By Department

By Giuliana LaMantia | 7/18/17 11:00 AM

Simple implementation and an automated system make a Policy Management System a secure Depositphotos_39070885_xs.jpg 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.

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Using Your Hospital Intranet to Support a Compliance Program

By Anne Sweeney | 4/16/14 2:52 PM

Compliance_JonesEarlier 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.  

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A Tornado is coming. What does your hospital do?

By Anne Sweeney | 11/20/13 2:11 PM

Emergency CommunicationLast 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. 

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Hurricane Sandy 1 year later… is your hospital better prepared?

By George Ciesielski | 10/24/13 8:54 AM

Emergency PreparednessHumans 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.

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Recap: Improving Document Management in Hospitals Using the Intranet

By Anne Sweeney | 5/20/13 9:22 AM

Document ManagementLast 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. 

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5 Ways an Intranet Can Impact Your Hospital's Bottom Line

By HospitalPORTAL | 5/15/13 3:15 PM

Dollars and CentsHospital 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.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Hospital Security

By HospitalPORTAL | 12/28/12 2:57 PM
by Dev Raheja, Author-Safer Hospital CareHospital Emergency Preparedness

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.

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