Scratching the surface.

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April 15, 2014
Walnut Hill Medical Center

Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas is the hospital of the future, but it’s here today. The new $100 million facility opened its doors to patients this month after ten years of planning and two years of construction. What makes it so different from an ordinary hospital? Walk into the lobby, and you see and […]

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ICD-10 churn wastes time and money.

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April 9, 2014
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If anyone could accurately determine the staggering amount of money wasted on the on-again/off-again launch of ICD-10 in the United States, it would probably far exceed the estimates. The “churn” alone is incredibly expensive because the debate and re-work is always at the expense of another project or priority. At the same time that the […]

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Setting the standard.

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April 3, 2014
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At the HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, the word of the year seemed to be connect. From industry giants to tiny startups, communication vendors were promising to connect everyone – to care teams, to alarm systems, to telemetry monitors and to patients…even after they go home. If you had time to visit every vendor on the exhibit […]

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Making tough choices easier.

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March 27, 2014
Money Squeeze

In yesterday’s story in mHealth News, “mHealth’s great untapped potential: Nurses,” Editor Eric Wicklund cites a new report by Spyglass Consulting, which found: “42 percent of hospitals still rely on pagers, overhead paging systems or landline phones for their nurses, even though 67 percent have nurses who are already using their own smartphones to support […]

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Simple promises, powerful pledges.

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March 21, 2014
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Last week’s American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) conference was filled with enthusiasm and joy. The nursing leaders we met at the Voalte booth shared weather stories from all over the country, and many were glad to see the sunshine and feel the warmth of Orlando, Florida. Jazz bands played in the background while our colleagues […]

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