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Quest for Best Care: Strategic Moves that Engage Clinical Practice Leadership

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on August 1, 2018

Part 4 in a 4 Part Series. Read Part 1, Part 2.

In part 3 of this series, we focused on the point of care team as a vital source of organizational learning and innovation. In part 4 of this post, we will talk about how point of care clinicians can lead from the front lines through clinician-driven networks of knowledge exchange and the right data tools to address the needs of the local population and to transform the way we work.

 

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Topics: Anticoagulation, Interoperability, Industry Insight, Clinical Workflow

Quest for Best Care: Leverage Points Create Big Change

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on July 12, 2018

Part 3 in a 4 part series (Read Introduction and part 1)

In part 2 of this series we talked about the need for data-driven clinical tools that better address the paradoxical realities of clinical practice, such as the prevention of adverse drug events (ADEs). Balancing this tension is paramount to achieving optimal patient outcomes. In part 3, we will link the health care team’s capacity to adjust to the situational demands of a rapidly changing clinical work environment to value-based care and the return on our healthcare investment.

 

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Topics: Industry Insight, Adverse Drug Events, Clinical Workflow

Quest for Best Care: Balancing the Tension of Clinical Paradox

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on June 20, 2018

Part 2 in a 4 part series.  Click to read the Introduction and Part 1.

Every patient has a unique set of needs and expectations. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there are unprecedented challenges to how we identify and deliver the most appropriate care for individual needs and conditions (IOM, 2011).  In part one of this series, we looked at clinical tools that can help us to understand the most vulnerable patients and the care they require. In part two, we will peel back the problem of, “Care that is important is often not delivered. Care that is delivered is often not important (IOM, 2011).”

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Topics: Anticoagulation, Patient Engagement, Industry Insight, Adverse Drug Events

Quest for Best Care: Technology Tools That Can Change Your Practice

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on June 5, 2018

Part 1 in a 4 Part Series.  Read the Introduction here

In part one we will explore knowledge management tools that will elevate your practice, facilitate safe, evidence-based, data-driven decision making, and promote the point of care as a vital source of learning, innovation, and leadership.

  It has been estimated that by 2020 the average person will create an entire gigabyte of health data every day (McKinsey, 2017). As a clinician, how do you make sense of all that information? What are the implications as patients transverse across large, complex and dispersed organizations and systems of care? Clinicians want to be equipped to efficiently, effectively and safely manage the health care needs of patients while staying engaged to improve our system of care. Learning and contributing to health care advancement is in our DNA. I want to talk about how point of care clinicians can insert their DNA into their systems of care as a driver of learning and innovation. We will take a look at examples of cutting-edge ways to engage your practice and your patients.

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Topics: Anticoagulation, Industry Insight, DOAC, MACRA

Part 2: How Anticoagulation Software Enables Measurable Analysis of Patient Care Outcomes

Posted by Jay Syverson on May 22, 2018

In Part 1, we discussed the focused information clinicians need to quickly assess an anticoagulation patient’s health and a review of patient treatment plan trends.  Here in part 2, we will discuss the many ways to identify patients who are at risk for drug interactions or re-admissions, and evidence-based guidelines that support dosing decisions.

 Identify Patients at Risk

There are many ways to identify patients that require a bit of extra scrutiny.  PCDS believes it is important that a clinician is immediately made aware of any patients with higher than normal levels of risk given their care plan.  We further believe it is important that risk identifiers be objective and measurable.  That is why AC has three validated survey instruments built into the application for easy access, execution as well as to clearly demonstrate the results of completed surveys when they indicate patients may be at risk.

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Topics: Anticoagulation, Patient Engagement, Hamilton Nomogram, Validated Survey Instruments, Warfarin

AC Innovation at the Point of Care: 2018 Anticoagulation Boot Camp

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on May 2, 2018

 

What an exciting time to reflect on advances in anticoagulation management, and spotlight point of care clinicians dedicated to translating excellence into action. The stage was Austin, Texas, and featured a compact, 2-day Anticoagulation (AC) Boot Camp hosted by the AC Forum board of Directors on April 23rd and 24th.  A nationally recognized panel of AC experts presented on critical touch points in AC management and emerging research trends. The panel also engaged attendees in open and rigorous discussion during “chalk talk” sessions. Attendees and experts alike wrestled with the challenges of AC management to include transition in care, health information exchange, new AC agents, quality improvement, and special populations.

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Topics: Anticoagulation

How Anticoagulation Software Enables Measurable Analysis of Patient Care Outcomes

Posted by Jay Syverson on April 24, 2018

Part 1 of a 2 part series

Evolving how clinicians interact with patients is a top priority in the Healthcare industry today. At Point of Care Decision Support (PCDS), we understand the importance of delivering solutions that facilitate strong communication between patients and caregivers. 

 We are working with technology and medical professionals to connect clinicians at the point of care with actionable information to promote patient engagement, medication dosing best practices (for volatile medications such as warfarin), and measuring outcomes that are vital to patient safety and improved treatment plans across diverse health systems. 

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Topics: Anticoagulation

Technology Teams Building Bridges to Bring Clinical Care and Patients Together

Posted by Stephen Hart on April 3, 2018

Every healthcare CIO has been there -- asked to deliver 400 high-value projects when they are staffed to deliver 150.  Even with this challenge facing them every day, healthcare technology teams are finding ways to bring more and more solutions to enable clinicians to do what they do best - provide care.

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Topics: Interoperability, Development, Industry Insight

THSNA SUMMIT--Robust, cutting-edge discussions and solutions to support critical touchpoints between providers and patients.

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on March 24, 2018

The Thrombosis and Hemostasis Societies of North America (THSNA) held its 4th biennial summit and scientific meeting dedicated to thrombosis and hemostasis issues March 8-10 in San Diego, California, with an estimated 1,500 attendees.  This was a great opportunity to network, learn and share a common interest in bleeding and clotting disorders across disciplines and disease states. Hot topics during the conference sessions included gene therapy, hemophilia and thrombosis in challenging patient populations. There was ample in depth scientific inquiry across the discipline and rigorous conversations over therapy options and potential solutions to drive best practice.

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Topics: Anticoagulation, Industry Insight

Quest for Best Care: Ideas That Changed my Practice (an Introduction)

Posted by Jennifer Glen, DNP, FNP-BC on March 15, 2018

Calling all dreamers, malcontents and restless sleepers who pace the clinical corridors and carry the burden of patient care on the front lines.  Let’s face it, the stakes are high and every day clinicians engage in high risk decision making in a very hectic and complex system of care. Multi-phrenic demands and unrealistic expectations can send our cortisol soaring at a moment’s notice and can put even the most seasoned practitioner at risk for clouded judgement. At the turn of a knob to a patient room or during an impromptu call, clinicians want to be sharp, competent, efficient and ready for the unexpected. The problem is not that individual members of the health care team are not working hard enough to provide high-quality, compassionate care, but in part due to the lack of sufficiently sophisticated tools to match the levels of complexity inherent in today’s health care environment. 

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Topics: Industry Insight

PCDS believes that the complexity of patient care can be captured in a clear and meaningful way, enabling informed decision-making throughout the coordination and management of care.  We believe that connecting the point of care team with actionable information promotes patient engagement, analytic approaches to best practices, and system-supported collaborative efforts that are vital to patient safety, ambulatory service, and value across diverse health systems.

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