3 Ways Tech Alleviates the Surgical Documentation Headache

American hospitals are struggling. In addition the the rising cost of healthcare globally, US hospitals continue to pour money into the system and get less out of it. According to a study by the[…]

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Data Overload: Why Hospitals Need Content Management

Hospitals gather vast amounts of information. Thanks to new technologies like AI and machine learning, this data is now more valuable to hospitals than ever before. By 2025, big data in[…]

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Inguinal Hernia Repair: A Case for Embedded Checklists

Previously, we discussed both the potential and the pitfalls of surgical checklists. While their usage has been shown to help minimize surgical site infections and reduce post-op mortality by up[…]

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How (Exactly) Surgical Skill Impacts Outcomes

It’s generally accepted that surgical skills have an impact on a patient’s outcome. In spite of this assumption, there has been little work to more thoroughly investigate to what extent it has an[…]

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Decrease Post-Op Mortality by 22%

10 years since it was first introduced, the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist has proven its worth. Admittedly, the Checklist was shown to be effective from early on--a study[…]

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Protection vs. Potential: Using Public Data in Healthcare

The benefits of big data in healthcare are hard to deny. From enhancing diagnostic processes to improving responses to epidemics, advanced analytics are reshaping how we approach public health.[…]

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Hospital-Acquired Conditions Still Cost Additional $2 Billion

IBM Watson Health recently performed a study examining 14 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) tracked by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The study looked at over 20 million[…]

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Hone Soft Skills for Surgical Success

When it comes to surgery, many assume that improving outcomes depends solely on improving technique. While this certainly plays a major role, surgery relies on a much larger set of skills, not all[…]

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Surgical Training 2.0: How Technology is Enhancing Surgical Skill

There’s no getting around it, surgery is incredibly complex. For residents learning how to suture and tying knots to experienced surgeons learning the latest in laparoscopic procedures, mastering[…]

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AI in the OR: A Case Study

Surgical site infections are incredibly costly to hospitals. So when the University of Iowa managed to reduce patient infection rates by 74%, people paid attention. Through leveraging their data[…]

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How Big Data Mining in the Hospital Actually Works

It’s 2018, and the Data Revolution is in full-swing.

With more ways to collect information about ourselves and the world around us - in combination with advanced analytics, AI, and machine[…]
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How Backend-as-a-Service is Supercharging Healthcare App Development

Building successful applications must strike a balance between an effective, intuitive, and user-friendly frontend on the one hand, and a succinct backend that captures complex processes and data[…]

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Subduing Surgical Variations: How Big Data Is Improving Patient Outcomes (2/2)

This is Part 2 of an article from caresyntax Senior Adviser Dr. John Birkmeyer. In Part 1, Dr. Birkmeyer explains how surgical variation impacts patient outcomes. Part 1 additionally examined how[…]

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Subduing Surgical Variations: How Big Data Is Improving Patient Outcomes (1/2)

Hospitals lose millions of dollars every year as a result of complications that arise in the OR. Re-admissions and longer hospital stays are a drain on hospital resources. They are also frequently[…]

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[Expert Tips Executive]: Surgical Tech Investment – It’s Not Just About The Bottom Line

Several years ago, when I was CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, I was having a conversation with my CFO on the topic of a potential major tech investment that was sitting on my desk and[…]

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Why Cloud-Based Healthcare Is Clearly The Future

For many hospitals, the benefits of migrating their clinical data to cloud storage are too great to ignore.

However, as the importance of data grows with reimbursement tied to quality outcomes,[…]

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How Hospitals Can Stamp Out Surgical Error

Each year, 1 in 4 Americans die from heart disease, and in 2018, nearly 2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer.

For many, surgical procedures such as angioplasties or mastectomies offer a[…]

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5 Key Components of the Integrated OR in 2018

The modern OR is a technological wonder. Surgeons have never had so much real-time information at their disposal: data about current procedures, patient conditions and histories, even risk[…]

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How Multi-Channel Video Recording is Changing the Game

The OR is an incredibly complex mixture of technique and technology. Driven by the exorbitantly rising cost of healthcare and a push towards value-based care, the demand for new, innovative, and[…]

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Why Your EHR is Holding You Back

According to the Office of the National Coordinator, 96% of hospitals own EHR (electronic health record) technology. While their widespread adoption has mitigated many technical challenges[…]

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[WHITE PAPER] The Integrated OR and Value-Based Care: Data Applications for Success

Healthcare has long lagged behind other industries in embracing the most current tech developments. Recently, however, broader adoption of Internet of Things technology in healthcare has paved the[…]

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GDPR Law in Healthcare: What you need to know!

The enactment of GDPR this past May represents a major shift in how the ownership of personal data is perceived. Healthcare providers, in particular, collect vast amounts of highly sensitive data[…]

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Chief Quality Officers—who are they and why do they matter?

It’s 2018, and rarely will you encounter a hospital or health system whose leaders are not concerned with the quality of care that is being provided within their organization. Considered rare just[…]

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OR Integration Must-Know: 4 Points to Success

The OR is big business.

Today, at the onset of value-based care (VBC) systems worldwide, operating rooms constitute the centerpiece of hospital finance, accounting for over 50% of total revenue.[…]

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3 Expert Tips on How to Improve OR Performance

As the healthcare system continues its transition to value-based reimbursement, it has become incumbent on chief medical officers to seek out ways to improve quality and lower costs for their[…]

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[WHITE PAPER]: How Integrated OR Platform Can Help Surgeons Thrive under MACRA

The transition to value-based payments has always been especially challenging for surgeons. The text, video, imaging, and monitoring data they need to work effectively in the OR is typically[…]

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How Actionable Data Can Assist In The Operating Room

Today’s hospitals face relentless pressure to improve quality, especially in the operating room. This challenge requires insights into root causes of problems and unnecessary clinical variations,[…]

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Finding the Elusive Insights to Improve Surgical Outcomes

America’s operating rooms have an international reputation for driving surgical innovation. But they are also the setting for high variation in performance, as evidenced by the fact that 10[…]

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Diagnosing and Treating the Surgical Quality Gap: a Case for Video-Based Assessment

Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more articles about operating room integration appear in medical journals and healthcare publications, an exciting sign that attitudes are shifting toward a[…]

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