The State of Healthcare Interoperability in 2019

Healthcare interoperability initiatives have been going on for quite some time now, with varying degrees of success. While some interoperability efforts have been successful and are expanding reach, others have shut down completely.

So what is the state of healthcare interoperability in 2019? New England HIMSS examined this topic in its annual HIE Conference – a day devoted to exploring some of the issues around interoperability and health exchanges. Let’s examine some of the takeaways from the event. (more…)

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare

More diverse organizations see better results. According to McKinsey research, companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity see higher financial returns than their counterparts. In healthcare, a more diverse and inclusive organization provides better care that is more culturally responsive to its community’s needs.

However, many organizations maintain that creating a diverse and inclusive atmosphere is hard. Indeed, diversity, equity, and inclusion must be built in to a healthcare organization’s overall strategy, and there must be ways to measure results. This topic was front and center in the ACHE of Massachusetts’ Conference titled, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare: Tools for Implementing Actionable Strategies.” Here are some highlights. (more…)

Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership

Women make up nearly 80% of employees in healthcare. Despite this fact, they are still not well-represented in leadership ranks. According to research by Rock Health, women make up only 27% of hospital boards and 34% of leadership teams.

It is for this reason that women healthcare leaders promoting and lifting up other women is so important. This was the focus of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s 18th Annual Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference, held in Framingham, Mass. on September 26th. Here are some highlights from the event.

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3 Projects that Deliver Healthcare Analytics ROI

Healthcare organizations know there’s value in data and value in analyzing it. But many times, they don’t know how to practically implement analytics in their organizations to make real change.

Here’s proof: while two-thirds of organizations have an executive dashboard to support strategic decision-making, only one-third of those that have a dashboard use it on a daily basis to make decisions. That means that in aggregate, less than 1 in 4 healthcare organizations leverages its data at an executive level daily.

So how do you move from theory to practice when it comes to analytics? It can be a journey, so it’s important to take it one step at a time. Here are 3 projects that delivered healthcare analytics ROI that you can emulate at your organization. (more…)

Dimensional Insight Sponsoring St. Jude Walk/Run Boston

One of the core values of Dimensional Insight is that the company at its foundation is committed to first serving its customers and its employees. Our founders, Fred Powers and Stan Zanarotti, believe that happy customers and happy employees are key to success.

Part of that belief system also includes supporting the missions of the industries we serve – which in healthcare, one of the key industries that uses Dimensional Insight technology, means a focus on improving patient care and saving lives.

That belief in supporting the central mission of healthcare organizations is why Dimensional Insight this year has decided to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to sponsor its annual walk/run event in Boston. We couldn’t be more excited to participate in this great fundraiser for St. Jude and raise funds for the patients it serves. (more…)

Hot Topic: How Technology Is Changing Nursing

Quick question: what skills are required to be successful in the nursing field today? If you were to say compassion, good bedside manner, quick thinking, or good time management, of course you’d be right. But increasingly these days, a facility with technology is just as important.

With EHRs now mandated in hospital environments, data input is now a critical – and time-consuming – part of a nurse’s job. And while technology can certainly improve aspects of nursing, it’s also distracting many nurses from a critical part of their job – patient care. Let’s examine in today’s “Hot Topic” blog post. (more…)

3 Takeaways from the HIMSS Southern New England Conference

For healthcare to deliver meaningful results, it will have to adapt to new ways of thinking and adopt new technologies to reach patients. It will also need to make sure that its technology infrastructure is protected from threats – especially those from within the organization itself.

Those were some of the key messages from the HIMSS Southern New England conference, held by New England HIMSS in Newport, Rhode Island on August 22nd, which focused on telehealth and cybersecurity. Here are some of the main takeaways from the event. (more…)

Reflections on DIUC19

This year’s Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC) is in the books – what a whirlwind week for Dimensional Insight and our customers!

DIUC19 was held over four days at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in downtown Boston. Our agenda included on-site training, customer case studies, and technology sessions. Now that I’ve had a chance to decompress after the event and think about the week, here are my reflections on DIUC19. (more…)