Insights on the latest health care news and trends from industry experts
How Healthcare Data Integration Improves the Patient Experience
The cultural and language shift, referring to “patients” increasingly as healthcare “consumers,” is met with mixed reviews. But as patient expectations shift across the continuum of care, there is one thing most healthcare organizations agree on: producing a better patient experience. There are some essential ways we can better utilize data to deliver on these […]
The True “Cost” Of Dual, Manual Data Entry in Healthcare
One of the most pressing health IT needs that results in calls to the integration “help line” from healthcare organizations is dual, manual data entry. This can occur between any two systems at a healthcare organization, but it usually begins with an electronic health record (EHR) system. Staff at any given level are usually entering […]
Real-Time Referral Data in Healthcare Marketing
Data-driven marketing is a must these days, particularly if your organization is dependent on provider referrals. Learn how Premier Radiology, the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging network in Tennessee, empowered their marketing efforts with data integration, streamlined reporting and real-time data.
Ask the Expert: Overcoming Integration Obstacles
From being a sales rep with a clinical background at a durable medical equipment (DME) company, to managing an integration project for them that blossomed into a new career path… Shari Matkin now brings her unique insight to Bridge Connector’s customer personas as she is helping to build out our delivery team. Spoiler alert: If […]
Interoperability: Putting Patients at the Center of Care
Studies show that nearly half of adults would like access to their health information online to make better decisions for themselves and their loved ones. See how we can take patients into consideration as we work to achieve interoperability.
5 Tips to Staying Data-Driven through System Changes
Is your organization potentially consolidating data systems in the future? Here are five tips to help prepare for a successful transition to avoid dips in revenue or patient care.
Treat Me Through the Phone: 4 Telehealth Trends in 2019
There is a new wave of health care that is taking advantage of video chat and similar technologies to advance its delivery — “telehealth,” which is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” Telehealth can be delivered via […]
Creating an Environment for Happy Physicians
Studies about physician burnout causes have been extensive in recent years, but the overall theme is that “too many bureaucratic tasks, such as charting and paperwork” are to blame. Learn how re-thinking workflows can be an important strategy to reduce physicians’ time spent on dual, manual data entry, increasing their job satisfaction.
5 Ways to Re-think Employee Engagement in Health IT
On the heels of Bridge Connector being named to two “Best Places to Work” listings recently, we sat down with our VP of HR, Caitlin Franklin, to learn five ways Bridge Connector is re-thinking employee engagement.
Patient Matching: How the Lack of a UPI Affects Interoperability
“The real challenge of identity management and parsing together a longitudinal health record has to do with integration and interoperability,” according to Doug Brown, at Black Book. “Many systems still do not communicate and store data in disjointed architectures and an upsurge of identifiers continue to be created.”
Ask the Expert: Nurse to Health IT Manager
Joy Huss, on how to move from “getting it right” in the EHR, to connecting data beyond that, to make care providers’ lives easier and patients lives better
Ask the Expert: DevSecOps in Health IT
Chris Rathermel serves as Bridge Connector’s Vice President of Information Technology. A Wisconsin native who relocated to Nashville in 2011, he is a problem-solver who has worked for a diverse portfolio of industries, getting to the “root cause” and bettering lives with tech solutions. He adds to the tech “street cred” of the Bridge Connector […]
Patient Data and the App Economy: What’s Next?
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about how the “appification” of health care can better engage patients, including how apps may better connect a patient’s team of family caregivers who often do not receive critical, life-saving information until it’s too late. And we’ve also explored three major advances that the app economy brings to health care […]
Next-Level Referral Intake Management
“This is a massive undertaking, and every health care organization experiences pain around their digital transformation and automation efforts. It’s ultimately about how to choose the right electronic data and integrations vendors for an organization’s specific needs,” said Bridge Connector Chief Revenue Officer Andy Harlen.
Value-Based Care: Looking Through the Patient’s Lens
If there is a companion theme that has most accompanied the shift from volume-based to value-based care in the U.S., it’s “patient-centered care,” recently featured on this Fierce Healthcare list of most overused buzzwords. But think about it — if businesses in most every other sector focus their success around customer satisfaction (plus the happy […]
Challenges and Opportunities in Behavioral Health Data
While behavioral health refers to the broadest category being discussed here, it should be noted that there is great overlap in terms and cases with around 45 million Americans experiencing mental illness, and around 20 million experiencing a substance use disorder. An alarming 8.2 million Americans are affected by both. And substance abuse or addiction […]
Ask the Expert: Hospital Executive on Interoperability
Michele Oglesby has extensive experience driving profitability and growth for hospital systems, including for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Envision Healthcare, and others. Below, she explains the hospital executive persona, their business role within an organization, and how interoperability, or a lack thereof, affects ROI in the hospital care setting. This is the first installment of […]
Bridge Connector: State of the Union
Bridge Connector CEO David Wenger kicked off the company’s first annual Apex on Friday, February 22, 2019. He took the stage with “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty playing, which could easily be considered David’s personal and professional theme song over the last couple of years. We wanted to share his remarks, as they give […]
Health IT at HIMSS 2019: 4 Key Takeaways
Our staff who attended HIMSS 2019 have returned and shared some of their “greatest hits.” This year’s theme was “Champions of Health Unite,” with around 43,000 attendees convening in Orlando, Fla., from February 11 through 15. As one of the largest health care conferences of its kind in the world, with so many booths, panels, […]
Health IT Report to Congress: A Summary
In its 2018 Report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology provided a progress report on how U.S. health care data-sharing is going with its “Annual Update on the Adoption of a Nationwide System for the Electronic Use and Exchange of Health Information.” If the title doesn’t entice you […]
Bridge receives Salesforce Ohana Partner Award
“Salesforce is one of the most innovative tech companies there is. And they’ve already played such an important role as we launched Bridge Connector this past year. Receiving this ‘Ohana’ award is particularly meaningful because we just wrapped a very successful Year One — and quite simply, we couldn’t have gotten to where we are […]
Post-Acute Care & the Silver Tsunami
When you consider that over 54 million people will turn 65 over the next 15 years, it’s understandable why many business industry leaders in general, but particularly those in healthcare, have been referring to the aging patient demographic as the “Silver Tsunami.” How the shifting patient demographic will contribute to explosive growth within the post-acute […]
HL7 FHIR R4: Decoding the Acronym Soup
To understand the context here, let’s recall that HL7, the ANSI-accredited standards developing organization, is around 30 years old, as is its V2 messaging standard. HL7 solved a lot of problems for health care IT in the 1990s simply by replacing other data sharing mechanisms that were being used at that time. Let us repeat, […]
Value-Based Care: Players, Challenges, Opportunities
We’ve been talking about value-based health care since at least 2005, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS; a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) began a pilot project to connect quality of care to compensation. The idea being, that if at least 75 percent of U.S. companies link […]
Care Beyond Clinical: Social Determinants of Health
Understanding and connecting social determinants as a path to true, patient-centered care
How Apps are Modernizing Healthcare Organizations
It’s Sunday night, and you’re making resolutions to start your new “healthy lifestyle” Monday morning. You hop on your phone and head to the app store to download some apps to help keep you on track. MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Lifesum, and so many more health-related apps pop up on your screen, ready to make your life […]
4 Key Takeaways From PointClickCare Summit ’18
Is there anything better than having a great conference right in your backyard? That’s just one of the reasons we were so excited for PointClickCare Summit 2018, which took place at the Gaylord Opryland Conference Center in Nashville this year.
Top 5 Health IT Holiday Parties in Nashville
Nashville is known for many things: healthcare, technology, country music … the list continues on and on. Something that professionals who reside in Nashville also know is there are countless networking opportunities.
Healthcare: On a Tight Schedule
Scheduling is a serious challenge in the healthcare industry, one that can leave patients feeling neglected and physicians underutilized.
Healthcare and the App Economy: A New Era
Not just diet and fitness apps, but a full digital transformation of the healthcare industry
4 Surprising Companies Driving Healthcare Innovation
When it comes to the healthcare industry, there is always room for improvement. These companies are stepping up to help.
Our 4 Biggest Takeaways from Dreamforce ’18
Key healthcare insights from the annual Salesforce community conference
3 Barriers to Interoperability, and 3 Reasons it Matters
Achieving interoperability is a top priority for healthcare professionals — what’s standing in their way?
Acute to Post-Acute Care: 4 Ways Integration Can Help
Everyone benefits when all the healthcare providers for one patient are on the same page
4 Benefits of Modernizing the Patient Experience
New technology is helping, but avoiding the pitfalls of creating data silos is crucial