10 Great Healthcare-Related Articles From September 2017

By Anne Sweeney | 10/3/17 11:00 AM

With September recently behind us and Fall in full swing, we thought we’d round up some health-bigstock-Newspaper--124701458.jpgrelated articles we’ve read throughout September to share with you. Each story or blog presents information different from the next, from power poses to flu season to rural health. With each of these 10 articles focusing on different topics, we hope you can find something of interest to you!

Happy reading!

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Helpful Resources to Apply For Grants

By Anne Sweeney | 2/21/17 11:00 AM

With Congress pushing to repeal or change the Affordable Care Act, the future of healthcare remains Depositphotos_28276819_m.jpgambiguous, leaving organizations and patients in a state of limbo. While smaller organizations and rural hospitals already rely heavily on government funding for new programs and services to provide to their patients, we realize that you may be worried or strapped for cash more than ever with the current situation at hand.

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Employee Satisfaction and Recognition - Motivating Staff in Healthcare

By Jason Oshita | 2/24/15 9:39 AM

Managing and Motivating without Money in Healthcare and beyond


Across the board, we’re feeling it. I’m sure the pressure I experience as a manager at a healthcare IT/intranet company is nothing comparing to the pressures the leadership and staff deals with on a daily basis in hospital environments.

Motivating Hospital Staff Hospital Intranet We’re feeling the squeeze, the heat, the pressure to pinch every penny. Save here, cut there…make do with what/who you have. Not to mention, we’re getting more work thrown at us than ever before. Yes, I’ve been there and I’ve felt that pressure - it can be quite overwhelming. I have to be careful to stay on topic here because the list of management pressures can get quite long. Here, I’d to focus on employee motivation with limited resources.

Happy hospital staff -> happy hospital patients!

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Putting MBQIP Flex Grant Funds to Work in Healthcare Quality

By Anne Sweeney | 8/5/14 10:27 AM

Grant fundingQuality leaders at US hospitals today are buried in a flurry of new requirements, programs and regulations.  One such program that comes with a silver lining in the form of grant funding is MBQIP—Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program.  Flex grants are administered by each state through State Offices of Rural Health.

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Innovation in Rural Healthcare: A Video Interview

By Anne Sweeney | 4/4/14 4:06 PM

At HospitalPortal.net, we are always delighted to celebrate our clients’ successes with them.  The following video is an interview conducted at the October, 2013 National Rural Health Association Critical Access Hospital Conference.

Robb Gardner, CEO of Henry County Health Center, comments on innovation in rural healthcare, the importance of internal communication in hospitals, and their recent recognition as an Intranet Innovation Awards winner.  The Intranet Innovation Awards is a prestigious international recognition.  This year’s only other US honorees were Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing, Disney, and Virgin America.   Gardner attended the conference as faculty to present a Case Study on Henry County Health Center’s intranet.

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Hospital Intranet – Thinking Outside of the Box

By Albert Jurkiewicz | 2/19/14 9:19 AM

Creating the right intranet for your organizationA typical hospital intranet serves as a portal to internal communications, policy and procedure management, task lists, and departmental information repositories. While this satisfies the majority of internal communication needs and covers 80-90% of typical uses and requirements in a healthcare intranet setting, quite often a small customization or a clever use of existing tools can enable additional functionality that not only will “WOW” your users, but also will result in significant savings and performance improvements to the organization.

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Recap: Transform Internal Communications with a State-of-the-Art Intranet

By Anne Sweeney | 12/17/13 4:01 PM

On December 4th, we were delighted to have Robb Gardner, CEO of Henry County Health Center, present a back by popular demand session.  Gardner presented the same session at National Rural Health Association's Critical Access Hospital Conference in October and was asked to present the session again as a webinar for those who were unable to attend the conference.

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4 Reasons Why Your Hospital Needs an Intranet

By HospitalPORTAL | 9/6/13 3:48 PM

Social-Engagement-Analytics-A-158697824"Why does our hospital need an intranet?" You may have said this or heard this when discussing this topic amongst your staff. Most hospitals without an intranet get by on traditional methods of communication such as employee newsletters, email, shared drives, word of mouth, etc. The problem with these methods is that they are outdated, inefficient, and/or inconsistent. Considering all the budget cuts and shrinking reimbursements at most hospitals these days, it's time to focus on efficiency, quality, and compliance. Implementing an effective intranet can help support all of these initiatives. A modern intranet is much more than just a collection of links to documents and websites; it is the central communication platform for your hospital, it reflects the culture of your organization, and contains the tools your clinical and administrative staff rely on to perform their jobs.

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Giving your hospital intranet a personality with it's own name

By George Ciesielski | 8/15/13 9:48 AM

The intranet connects hospital staffYou wouldn’t name your new born child “baby” would you?  So why are so many hospitals missing the most important finishing touch when implementing an intranet portal and not giving it a name or identity?  Giving your intranet site a name is the first step to encourage employee engagement in your intranet portal.  A name gives the site a personality and eliminates any confusion your employees may have when discussing relevant topics pertaining to the intranet portal.  Let’s face it; there are employees out there that don’t know the difference between an intranet and the internet or more importantly the difference between a hospitals internal intranet site versus the hospitals outside facing internet site. 

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4 Reasons NOT to use Sharepoint for your Hospital Intranet

By HospitalPORTAL | 7/31/13 10:03 AM

Choices"Sharepoint is the gold standard for intranets right?" This is what you tend to hear and read around the web. Some folks in your IT department may also have used it in the past at another organization or have had some limited experience using it. The fact is that Sharepoint intranet software can be a great intranet solution; but does it work for small and mid-size hospitals? Our experience tells us no. The majority of small and mid-size hospitals attempting Sharepoint implementations run into the same problems over and over again. I would like to point out some of the challenges that you might consider before wasting a lot of time and effort trying to implement a Sharepoint site.

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