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Physical Safeguards Your Cybersecurity Needs to Protect Patient Data in Telehealth

The past year and a half has redefined the healthcare industry. Not only have hospitals and practices quickly adapted to an emergency pandemic and a heavy demand for telehealth, they’ve also seen an increase in cyberattacks. These have placed medical organizations on high alert to review their network security, as well as their patient data and the vendors who collect it. According to a recent

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Nurse Triage Case Study: Giving Appropriate Callback Instructions

Any time that a triage nurse speaks to a patient caller about their symptoms, they need to include callback instructions. These are meant to guide the patient on what to do in case those symptoms worsen. It is imperative that the nurse provides enough information to the patient so that they can identify when that change has been significant enough to warrant a callback. Case

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COVID or Flu? Telephone Nurse Triage Tips for Pediatric Patients

Because we’re back in flu season, doctor offices and our nurse triage lines have received an uptick in callers who are confused and worried about whether their children have contracted COVID or influenza. Their concerns are understandable, especially when there aren’t many differences in symptoms between COVID and flu, and both follow similar treatment. Masks and social distancing last year saw a historically low flu

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Case Study: Using Schmitt-Thompson Protocols to Triage Acute Pain

When addressing adult patients with acute pain, telephone triage nurses benefit from Schmitt-Thompson protocols in two ways: 1) most older adults already have chronic conditions that complicate identifying their pain’s source; and 2) they may have multiple injuries that need to be assessed and prioritized. Schmitt-Thompson protocols ensure that responding triage nurses identify all symptoms and do so in order of severity. Let’s see how

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What are Schmitt-Thompson Protocols?

As telehealth gains in popularity, it’s even more important for physicians to ensure that their patients receive consistent, accurate advice on every call. When it’s in regard to a patient’s symptoms, nurses are usually the first line of care. In order to determine if those symptoms can either be managed at home, with a primary care physician, or at the Emergency Room, triage nurses need

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Home Health Agencies Using RPM Will Be Rewarded by Medicare

The shift from volume-based care to value-based has extended from hospitals and doctors’ offices to home health agencies. According to Fierce Healthcare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a payment model that “incentivizes quality of care improvements without denying or limiting coverage or provision of Medicare benefits for all Medicare consumers and includes updates to payment rates and policies…” This change is

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What Does a Triage Nurse Do in a Doctor’s Office?

Triage nurses can play an essential role for any doctor’s office by addressing patient callers and providing the best dispositions for their care. This work can be performed during the day using a simple protocols checklist, or using more robust reporting and symptom protocols when the doctor’s office is closed. But what exactly does that look like? And how can these nurses provide consistency on

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Are Answering Service Operators Asking the Right Questions?

When a patient calls a nurse triage phone line, they’re first greeted by an answering service. This includes an operator whose job it is to ask questions regarding the reason for the patient’s call, which allows patient requests to be organized into urgent and non-urgent categories for nurse triage staff to address. However, there are times when the complaint an operator documents isn’t reflective of

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Press Release: Play-it Health Partners with TriageLogic on Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)

Jacksonville, Fla., August 9, 2021 – Play-it Health, a virtual care management organization, has coupled its Remote Patient Monitoring services with TriageLogic’s telephone nurse support for patient symptom-checking and follow-up. Play-it Health has continued to provide exceptional virtual care management since the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of its Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) program. This is one of the most effective tools that doctors can implement

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Legal Perspective on Telephone Nurse Triage Documentation and Tips for Success

There’s no question that telephone triage nurses provide a valuable resource for patients seeking guidance on medical care. But like all areas of healthcare, they must also understand the legal responsibilities and liabilities involved in telephone nurse triage documentation. Here are the main points they must keep in mind to provide the most accurate dispositions and avoid legal or negligence issues: They don’t make diagnoses

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Triage Nurse Explains Delta Variant: Symptoms, Vaccinations, and Prevention — An Interview With Ravi Raheja, M.D.

The most recent concern for the U.S. regarding COVID-19 has been the spread of the contagious Delta variant. It first appeared in India in December of 2020, spread to the U.K. and other countries, and is now poised to become the dominant strain stateside. This is attributed to its higher transmissibility, as well as lower vaccination rates and reduced social distancing measures. As a result,

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Important Steps for a Triage Nurse Evaluating Male Abdominal Pain

When your male patients call your practice to report abdominal pain, it’s important that the responding nurse considers all possible reasons — and obtains all necessary information — to get a clear picture of the patient’s symptoms. Not only is abdominal pain fairly common, the root causes of it can vary greatly, as can the severity of its discomfort. Each case requires a triage nurse

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Care News – Summer 2021

In this issue of Care News, we cover the three questions medical practices are faced with now that COVID restrictions have loosened; Dr. Ravi Raheja talks about the importance of cybersecurity for protecting your telephone nurse triage and patient data, and addresses the growing cases of COVID-19 in younger age groups; and we highlight the importance of new Schmitt-Thompson protocols that allow triage nurses to

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Cybersecurity: How to Safeguard Your Medical Call Center

Healthcare organizations are recognizing the need for heightened cyber defense in the wake of increased ransomware and other malware attacks this year. Becker’s outlines the main points of entry that hackers are likely to exploit, including networks, equipment connected over the Internet of Things (IoT), personal devices, data storage, records disposal, and remote users. That last vector is increasingly important as more patient care shifts

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Schmitt-Thompson Update: Telephone Triage Nurses Can Now Schedule Your Telehealth

The pandemic accelerated the use of telemedicine, and indications are that it’s here to stay. Patients and families have largely embraced it as a convenient means of medical care for concerns and questions that do not require an in-person visit, while more providers — including primary care and specialists — have continued to adopt it. As a result of the increasing demand for telehealth, the

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Dr. Ravi Raheja Discusses COVID Case Uptick in Teens

Over the weekend, TriageLogic’s Dr. Ravi Raheja spoke with News Channel 4 about the recent uptick in teen sickness due to COVID-19, addressed parent concerns, and offered precautions that families can take to protect themselves. What factors could be at play for a rise in cases? New strains may be making it easier for the virus to spread, as we’ve seen happen in other countries.

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Letter from the CEO – How Hospitals and Practices Should Prepare for Fall 2021

The past year and a half has redefined the healthcare industry. Hospital systems and practices were forced to adapt to a global pandemic while offering chronic or emergency care. The result has been a new medical world: one with expanded telehealth, nurses triaging patient symptoms over the phone, and remote patient monitoring devices tracking vitals and offering an advanced warning against life-threatening conditions. Yet even

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Press Release: TriageLogic Announces Ebook on Telehealth Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 7, 2021 – TriageLogic has released a study they conducted of their telehealth nurse system during the COVID-19 pandemic that analyzes caller data, protocols used, and general changes in patient behavior to shed light on the efficacy of remote care in the modern medical age. COVID-19 altered many patients’ perceptions of healthcare. So much of the population was afraid of contracting the virus,

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RPM’s One Problem: Not Enough Nurses

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) can be one of the most effective programs you can implement to manage the care of your patients suffering from a chronic disease. Wearable devices track their vitals and send alerts to doctors when potential complications are recorded, serving as an advanced warning system for detecting problems weeks in advance before patients experience symptoms. Not only does this help your patients

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Foundational Tips for Telephone Triage Nurses

Telephone nurse triage is a system that requires the work of dedicated nurses who can think on their feet in order to quickly and accurately direct callers to take the appropriate actions in any given situation. While that may sound daunting, it can become significantly easier to accomplish with basic knowledge of what to do during any caller interaction so that nurses can effectively triage

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Difficult Calls: A Triage Nurse’s Guide to a Positive Call Experience

When people have health concerns, particularly when practices are closed, they may seek care from an emergency room (ER) because they are not sure about the severity of their own or their loved one’s symptoms. Telephone triage nurses use standardized triage protocols to evaluate symptoms over the phone and determine the appropriate level of care for the patient. Triage nurses must also have excellent listening

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Triage Nurse Case Study: Protocol and Disposition for a Crying Newborn

As most people know, a nurse triage line is an important resource to help parents navigate early childhood.  Still, it is sometimes difficult for parents to understand when calling a triage nurse is necessary for the safety of their children. In this article, we detail a case study for a call during the evening shift from a concerned mother for her 6-week-old baby. Her child

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Emergency Symptoms Most Commonly Missed by Adults – A Review of Triage Nurse Calls

Triage nurses use Schmitt-Thompson protocols to determine which symptoms are serious. However, sometimes symptoms that patients don’t think are serious, such as headache or chest pains, might actually require emergency medical assistance due to their severity. By following protocols, nurses can catch early warning signs of more critical conditions and direct patients to the ER when necessary. When deciding on a course of action for

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How Telephone Nurse Triage Actually Works

How does telephone nurse triage actually work? This is a common question we receive when implementing a nurse triage system. In this article, we cover the entire phone triage process from when a patient calls a nurse, to when a nurse relays the information back to the doctor. There are five steps in our URAC accredited health call center process. Nurses ensure that all callers

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The 5 levels of Telephone Nurse Triage

When a telephone triage nurse evaluates a patient, she has to properly evaluate the severity of the symptoms presented to determine the correct disposition. TriageLogic nurses use Schmitt-Thompson protocols to guide them into asking the right questions, properly document information, and give patients an accurate disposition for the most appropriate level of care.  There are 5 levels of telephone triage dispositions: Call 911, go to

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Demographics of Patients with Urgent Symptoms in a Nurse Triage Center

We studied data from 230,000 telephone calls from our nurse triage call center from January-
October 2020. Nurses ensured that all callers received standardized, high-quality care by using
guided symptom-based protocols written by Doctors Schmitt and Thompson. During each call
we collected information about the patient’s demographics, the triage protocol used by the nurse,
and the patient’s disposition. Patients were also asked whether or not they were planning to go to
the emergency room (ER) prior to calling a nurse. In this article we focus on the callers that
ended up in the ER and their demographics.

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Nurse Triage Explains COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols

The COVID-19 vaccine is here, and a new virus with a new vaccine means new protocols for triage nurses. Triage nurses play an important role in times like these; many patients have questions about the vaccine and if what they are feeling after receiving it is normal. A couple of COVID-19 vaccines require two shots spread apart to be effective, though there are new vaccines which only requires one. In this article, we’ll tell you about the new triage COVID-19 vaccine Schmitt-Thompson vaccine protocols, and what kind of outcomes to expect.

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How Insurance Reimbursements Makes Remote Patient Monitoring Profitable for Healthcare Organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged healthcare organizations and physicians to adopt remote healthcare more readily — from telehealth visits to remote patient monitoring (RPM). The need to care for patients efficiently from their homes and to assess a potential serious health problem has ushered in the future of the industry. This improves patient outcomes and decreases morbidity and mortality. Reimbursement from commercial and government health

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Mental Health and Nurse Triage Calls During COVID-19

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 53% of American adults estimated that the COVID pandemic had a negative effect on their mental health. Looking at the data that we’ve collected during the pandemic from our nurse triage service, we begin to see a clear picture. In this article, we deep dive into the data that show us how COVID cases have impacted collective mental health.

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Care News – Spring 2021 – Lessons From the Pandemic, Triaging Tips, and Covid Data E-Book

In this issue of Care News, you’ll hear from our CEO Dr. Charu Raheja about the lessons we’ve learned from COVID and how we plan to move forward. You will also hear from our Medical Director Dr. Ravi Raheja about the exciting new world of remote patient monitoring. Along with a few words from our new partnership with Analog Devices, you will be updated on important information in the remote nurse triage world!

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From the CEO: The 2020 Pandemic and Lessons for Healthcare

Through 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, TriageLogic has been assessing data. This data included patient symptoms, attitudes, and outcomes both in general as well as specific to COVID-19. Our goal was to share what we observed with the healthcare industry. We observed how patient behavior was impacted by breaking news and the media, and how education changed caller behavior.

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Patient Calls to Nurse Triage During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased telemedicine visits as patients and doctors try to stop the spread of infection. The CDC reports that telemedicine visits increased by more than 50% during the first months of the pandemic. Triage nurses can work closely with doctors to provide a safe and effective way to direct patients to the appropriate level of care and help save lives.

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New Learning Center Course: Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) – The Costs and Benefits of RPM and How to Implement a Successful Program

Triage Logic has a new triage nurse learning center course available on remote patient monitoring (RPM). The course explores the following: a. What is RPM; b. the benefits of an RPM system to both the patient and the provider; and c. how can doctor offices implement a program with minimum staff time by using both clinical and non-clinical contact centers.

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Is it the Flu or COVID-19? How to Tell the Difference

As the flu begins to spread alongside COVID-19, it is more important than ever to understand the differences between the viruses and what to do if you suspect you have been infected. Careful action and preventive measures can help keep you and others safe and reduce the burden on health systems.

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The Advantage of Telephone Triage for Patients Who Need Chronic Care

Chronic care management (CCM) involves facilitating care in-between physician office visits for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Care coordination between office visits can help individuals follow their care plan, adhere to their medication regimen, and keep doctor appointments. It can also help identify and pre-empt issues with the potential to turn into health tragedies.

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How Schmitt-Thompson Protocols Help Hospitals and Medical Practices

Telephone triage protocols help triage nurses maintain a quality of care on a consistent basis. They are important for doctors to delegate workloads, standardize procedures, and give nurses decision support. Hospitals can use these protocols to maintain the proper flow for their patients, ensure patients are receiving the correct advice for the symptoms presented, save money, and ultimately save lives.

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What Are Triage Levels?

Triage levels indicate the appropriate level of care for each patient depending on the symptoms they are experiencing and their medical history. Determining the appropriate triage level in a quick, effective manor is critical for patient safety, peace of mind, and cost-effective care.

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Lessons from Nurse Triage Calls During COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, nurse triage is playing a critical role in helping healthcare organizations, hospitals and practices manage their overwhelmed systems. As the weeks passed since the original national emergency announcement, our nurse triage center has observed some important trends on what callers are experiencing.

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Tips for Successful Patient Calls

Patient triage via phone is often challenging – nurses have limited information and no visual clues to guide their decision making. Instead, they rely on years of education, hands-on-training and instinct.

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What Are Nurse Triage Protocols?

Schmitt-Thompson nurse triage protocols ensure that nurses follow a standardized process when evaluating patients over the phone and recommend the best advice given the symptoms presented by the caller.

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Using Device Data and Nurse Triage to Improve Value Based Care

As our CEO mentioned in her introduction, new technologies are transforming how clinicians deliver health care. At the same time, digital solutions alone are not enough to help patients. Incorporating some human component increases patient compliance and education, thus further reducing health care costs. At TriageLogic®, we are adopting our software and increasing the role of triage nurses to complement traditional care settings.  For example,

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TriageLogic’s Medical Director, Dr. Ravi Raheja Talks About Measles Outbreak on College Campuses and the New Schmitt and Thompson Protocols Available

New protocols have been released by Dr. Bart Schmitt and Dr. David Thompson for telephone triage nurses specifically for patients that have been diagnosed or have suspected measles or have been exposed to measles. The two new protocols cover scenarios where patients have been diagnosed or have suspected measles or have been exposed to measles.

The guidelines provide telephone triage nurses with a consistent and methodological approach to callers who have questions.

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TriageLogic CEO Recognized for Leadership and Health Technology

Founder and CEO TriageLogic and Continuwell, Dr. Charu Raheja, was recently named one of the Top 35 Women Igniting Success in Jacksonville by the Buzz Media Group. The award honors women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run. The award was presented by Snowden McFall, President of Fired Up and Dawn Gilam from Changing Homelessness.

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The Top Excuses Men Often Make To Avoid Going To The Doctor And Why Telephone Triage Nurses Can Help

Patients today have more options than ever to receive care outside of their primary care – if they even have one. Having more options may seem like a good thing, however many times the consumer is confused about the best care to address their symptoms. In the process, they end up either over-utilizing services or underestimating serious medical symptoms, creating both a drain to the healthcare system as well as possible threat to their lives.

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Customizing Care for Patient Populations with a Nurse Triage System

Patients today have more options than ever to receive care outside of their primary care – if they even have one. Having more options may seem like a good thing, however many times the consumer is confused about the best care to address their symptoms. In the process, they end up either over-utilizing services or underestimating serious medical symptoms, creating both a drain to the healthcare system as well as possible threat to their lives.

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Mental Health Month- How Can Triage Nurses Help Patients?

Triage Nurses In Mental Health May is Mental Health Month. It  was started 70 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Telephone triage nurses have a more important role than ever before. Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016), which is why many

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10 Signs to Outsource your Medical Call Center

Value-based care is encouraging healthcare providers to provide better care by incentivizing with pay for better outcomes and cost effectiveness verses a purely transactional model.Improving the patient experience is an extremely important component to get individuals to engage with the proper resources that will ultimately keep them healthy and decrease health care cost. Yet, many healthcare providers struggle to focus on the patient experience and

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The Benefits of Telephone Triage with Chronic Care Patients

Telephone triage services give modern practices a unique and powerful way to be compensated for managing patients with chronic care conditions. Currently, three in four Americans over the age of 65 have two or more chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, cancer, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes. By 2030, about one in five Americans will be older than 65. As they age and life expectancy increases,

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The Role of Telephone Triage Nurses in Delivering Value-Based Care

As the healthcare industry continues to undergo transformative change and emphasize improved quality with a lower total cost of care, health systems are making the shift from volume to value. The notion of paying for performance is the industry’s most promising strategy for controlling costs and improving outcomes. There is growing evidence that value-based care leads to better health, better care, and reduced total cost.

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Using Telephone Triage to Prevent Suicide

Using Telephone Triage Services to Prevent Suicide

Telephone triage nurses play a critical role in suicide prevention. They serve as the first point of contact for callers in need of immediate assistance.  The more knowledgeable triage nurses are about treating patients with mental illnesses, the better they are prepared to intervene. According to the CDC, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide every day and the stigma associated with mental illnesses often prevents

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The Benefits of a Nurse Triage Solution

Phones still remain an essential means of communication with medical practices. Physician practices have to continue to find efficient ways to incorporate it into the patient-doctor relationship and take advantage of all the other opportunities that a solution like TriageLogic offers. Physician practices that can efficiently and effectively take their patient’s calls and address their issues up front have an opportunity to create a positive

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Secure Texting: Closing the Gap to Create Effective HIPAA Compliant Communication

Once a triage nurse has done an initial evaluation on a patient there are times when the protocol or circumstances require a physician to get involved. In these instances, it is critical for the nurse to get in touch with the provider on call for the practice to securely and effectively communicate the needs of the patient and requires relaying protected health information securely. Traditionally,

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The Crucial Role Triage Nurses Play In Educating Adults About Serious Medical Symptoms

The Crucial Role Triage Nurses Play In Educating Adults About Serious Medical Symptoms

When a medical emergency happens, not everyone calls 911. In a surprising study of patient surveys and disposition outcomes from telephone triage case, as many as one third of adult callers underestimated the seriousness of their symptoms. Even when adults have a sense that their symptom may be serious, there is a stigma of calling for an ambulance. Fortunately, having a triage nurse available increases

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Using Telephone Triage to Reduce Heart Attacks in Women

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women, yet many patients do not realize that they may have heart attack symptoms. Women often delay seeking medical attention. Denial is a common first reaction. No one wants to think that the symptoms they are having could be a life-altering heart condition that frequently needs surgery. Telephone triage nurses must know the warning signs to help

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TriageLogic Recognized for Innovation by Entrepreneur 360

Triagelogic was recently named as one of the 2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. Each year, Entrepreneur recognizes organizations from across the country that have mastered the art and science of growing a business. Entrepreneur magazine conducted a nationwide search to find the most entrepreneurial companies in the country, rating and ranking them using a proprietary algorithm that factors in their ability to expertly balance impact, innovation,

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Using Telephone Triage to Detect Early Signs of the Measles and Prevent Future Exposure

There have been multiple outbreaks of measles across the United States. In 2019, nine states have reported cases of measles, according to information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments: Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California, and Georgia.  When patients are made aware of a virus such as the measles, they usually become anxious and fearful.

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Care News – Winter/Spring 2019

In this edition, we highlight the new clinical updates for the Schmitt-Thompson Protocols by author, Barton Schmitt MD. This article focuses on optimizing the performance of health care systems to meet the Quadruple Aim framework.

You will find tips for triage nurses to use when managing difficult callers and best practice strategies for practices interested in using a custom mobile app.

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Using Triage Nurses to Decrease ER Overcrowding

Medical Center in Oklahoma Provides and Innovative Triage Line to Manage Hospital overcrowding An Effective Approach to ER Phone Calls Emergency Room (ER) overcrowding is widespread in hospitals, creating delays and diversion from those who need care the most. According to a recent article “Compounding the problem is the alarming trend of a decreasing number of ERs and an increasing numbers of ER visits.[1]” All

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Basic Qualities of a Good Triage Nurse

Basic Qualities of a Good Triage Nurse By Marci Lawing, RN, BSN and Ravi K. Raheja, MD Telephone Triage Nurses are a special breed. Evaluating an individual’s symptoms over the phone presents a unique challenge. Think of working in an ER without your sense of vision, smell, or touch. Nurses are taught to use all 5 senses to triage their patients and when we take

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Don’t Compromise on Security

Letter from the Medical Director – Dr. Ravi Raheja The average cost of a data breach in the United States has hit an all-time high of $7.35 million. Just this year, there have been more than 100 hacker attacks on healthcare organizations, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite better awareness among healthcare organizations, data breach costs average $408 per record.

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The New Health Care: Value Based Care

CEO Perspective Value-based care is bending the healthcare cost curve, reducing unnecessary medical costs while improving care quality and patient engagement. Yet providers worry value-based reimbursement will negatively impact patient care. According to a recent survey by Change Healthcare, over 61% of doctors still fear value-based reimbursement will damage their practice. While physicians may feel uncertain about the impact value-based care will have on their

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Office Exercises for Busy Nurses and Office Staff

While in the workplace we become sedentary due to a lack of movement over an extended amount of time. By being overwhelmed with work to meet deadlines, we forget to take a break to stretch our body. We focus ourselves on increasing our time to work while inadvertently decreasing our muscle quality. These desk exercises will not only increase the muscle quality, but will be

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The Goal of the Telephone Triage Process

The primary goal of the telephone triage process is to deliver safe quality oriented telephone triage partnered with outstanding customer service.  The health safety and wellbeing of the patient is at the forefront of every telephone encounter.  The purpose of the telephone triage process is to assess the patient’s current signs and symptoms, concurrently evaluating their past medical history and current medications.  This patient assessment

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Employee Spotlight – Rose Moon, RN, BSN

In this edition of Employee Spotlight, we are introducing Rose Moon, TriageLogic’s Clinical Education and Call Center IT Support Manager for over 5 years. She teaches triage nurses and other telephone triage professionals on how to triage patients over the phone and provide the highest quality of care. Rose Moon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and joined Triage

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Clinical Update by Schmitt-Thompson for Telephone Triage Nurse Call Centers

Clinical Update by Schmitt-Thompson for Telephone Triage Nurse Call Centers

Important Metrics to Increase Safety and Satisfaction Barton Schmitt MD, one of the authors of the Schmitt-Thompson Protocols, has released a clinical update for the telephone triage nurses. This update is focused on the call center metrics for meeting The Quadruple Aim framework for optimizing the performance of health care systems. To review, the 4 aims are: Improve Health Quality and Safety Reduce Costs Improve

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Triage Levels

By Dr. Ravi Raheja, TriageLogic’s Medical Director and CIO: When a patient has a symptom, determining the appropriate triage level quickly and effectively is critical for several reasons. First, let us clarify what is a triage level? A triage level is the appropriate level of care based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history. Levels usually include dispositions such as call 911, go to the

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Dr. Ravi Raheja Gives Tips on News4Jax for Staying Healthy During the Game Season

With fall comes cooler temperature, football games, and other fun outdoor activities. But with all the fun, there are also more health-related issues with cooler temperatures, games, and parties. Our Triage Nurses have documented that the flu has already broken in certain parts of the USA, and food poisoning and allergies are starting to rise. Read these tips from our Medical Director and CIO, Dr.

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Nurse Triage Options for ACOs and Medical Organizations: Improving Medical Care and Decreasing Costs

Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are formed by groups of doctors and other healthcare providers. ACOs aim to encourage providers to decrease patients’ health expenses by taking responsibility for the quality of care provided. By doing so, providers receive a share of the Medicare savings while encouraging better preventive health care for their patients. The question for medical organizations that share on health savings is

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Triage Nurses Help Physicians During Cold and Flu season

Winter and holiday season is coming and that means that doctor offices and triage nurses around the country are preparing for the high influx of patient phone calls during the season. Many calls can be handled over-the-phone with home care advice, while others require patients to come into the office. Schmitt-Thompson triage protocols for doctor offices (see, for example, myTriageChecklist), are an important resource for

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The Importance of an Independent Triage Nurse on Evaluating Symptoms – Interview with Dr. Charu Raheja and Dr. Ricardo Hanel

As medical provider knows, telephone triage nurses play a crucial role in evaluating symptoms and ensuring that patients receive the right level of care for their symptoms. A frequently discussed benefit of having a triage nurse available 24/7 is the decrease in unnecessary ER usage and its associated savings to health care. A less discussed and even more crucial benefit is the impact that triage

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Triage Nurses Help Hospitals During Natural Disaster

In an event of a natural disaster, many medical practices are forced to close due to mandatory evacuation. This creates a void of medical help available for those in areas affected by natural disasters. One of our recent natural disasters, Hurricane Florence, largely affected the North Carolina region in September. Shortly after, Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida gulf area in October 2018. Many hospitals and

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New E-book Release About How Employee Wellbeing Benefits Organizations

JACKSONVILLE, FL (October 8, 2018) “Corporate wellbeing programs often serve two main purposes: improve the overall health of employees and improve productivity in the workplace.” TriageLogic’s CEO, Dr. Charu Raheja, just released her latest book,  Why Wellbeing is Simply Good Business. While you are taking care of your patients, who takes care of your health? The book guides readers to understanding why focusing on the

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Triage Nurses Treating High Blood Pressure among Children

The AHA has recently presented findings of food insecurity leading to high blood pressure among children. Food insecurity affects around 40 million Americans; 6 million of those being children and adolescents. Triage nurses can provide simple solutions to alleviate the medical situation by providing parents with health education and by reassuring parental concerns about their child’s health. What is Food Insecurity? Food insecurity is defined as poor access to

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CEO of TriageLogic Nominated for International Award

The 20 Successful Businesswomen To Look for in 2018 Founder and CEO of the TriageLogic Group, Doctor Charu Raheja, was recently named “The 20 Successful Business Women To Look for 2018” in the most recent edition of Mirror Review magazine. In the article, Charu discusses her journey with starting TriageLogic, and how her challenges have helped her run a successful telehealth business. According to Charu,

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The Role of Triage Nurses During Food Outbreaks

Recently foods such as Honey Smacks cereal, Goldfish Crackers, and eggs have been on the news as being recalled. The main culprit in these recalls was Salmonella. Updates on Honey Smacks alone have shown that at least 130 people across 36 states have contracted the illness, creating worry among consumers. Still, not all food recalls have the potential to cause health hazards. Our triage nurses

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Reduce Physician Burnout with Telephone Triage Nurses

Patients today expect their physicians to be available outside of standard office hours, creating higher demands on already busy schedules for doctors.  Studies point to more than half of physicians reporting burnout, as defined as a loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment. A solution for doctors and hospitals is to develop a team that can assist doctors while providing

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Keynote speaker at health advisors conference

Jacksonville, FL August 27, 2018. Continuwell announces CTO Ravi Raheja, MD to be a keynote speaker at the biannual Health Agents for America (HAFA) conference in Las Vegas August 30th  and 31st. Dr. Raheja will discuss client retention and solutions to improve the delivery of benefits and resources to clients. He will present a roadmap to help health advisors assess client needs and implement solutions

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Nurse Triage Case Study of a Cardiac Patient

Triage Nurses and Working Diagnoses Intro:  The main goal for triage nurses when they get a call from a patient is to evaluate their symptoms and determine the level of care needed to treat those symptoms. The more pertinent information the nurse can collect, the more likely she is to understand what is causing the patients symptoms and how to assist the patient in getting

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Tips for Triage Nurses to Manage Difficult Callers

Often times, patients calling a triage nurse are worried, tired and overwhelmed. This can create a situation where callers are difficult to triage. This article presents tips for nurses to help callers remain calm and diffuse a difficult call. A key tip for triage nurses is to use compassion to effectively triage patients, and focus on each callers’ unique issues even when the patient is

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Using a Custom Practice Mobile App to Engage and Improve Patient Health

Demands for enterprise mobility and flexibility are a new reality in today’s society. Physicians and hospitals need to evaluate how they can leverage technology to meet the needs of patient interaction. Here, we discuss how providing patients with a custom practice mobile app will improve engagement and improve patient health. Studies suggest that healthcare is more efficient and effective when patients are actively engaged in

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Nurse Triage Risks

First Lesson on Triage Liability: Risk Reduction with Pediatric Triage

Introducing the first lesson in the latest course from TriageLogic’s Learning Center, Risks in Telephone Triage. Throughout this course, we will examine the various risks that providers need to consider when triage nurses evaluate patients over the phone. These risks include delay of care, not following protocols, practicing outside the scope of nursing, and improper documentation. In this first lesson on risk, we discuss how telephone

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TriageLogic Group Awarded as One of Jacksonville’s Fastest Growing Companies Second Year in a Row

On July 12th, 2018 the TriageLogic Group was recognized at the Jacksonville Business Journal Fast 50 awards as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies on the First Coast. Each year, the Jacksonville Business Journal highlights companies in the community who are the successfully growing. This is the second year in a row that the TriageLogic Group has been awarded. The recipients of this

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Transforming a Nurse into a Triage Nurse

By Marci Lawing, RN Nursing Director We have previously written about the basic qualities required to be a good telephone triage nurse (see article). Once those qualities exist, the nurse is then ready to move on to training to become a great telephone triage nurse.  What does it take to become an effective telephone triage nurse? Training, Training and More Training There are many, many

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Care News Summer – Fall 2018

This newsletter introduces Sara Brackin, TriageLogic’s Implementation Manager. Sara supervises the development of new products and solutions that help improve patient access to care. This edition of Care News also highlights articles that were recently published in magazines, such as Florida Doctor and AnswerStat.

One of the most exciting announcements is that we have finished rebuilding our Learning Center.

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TriageLogic’s Learning Center for Triage Nurses has a New Home

TriageLogic’s Learning Center has become a vital tool for many triage nurses. This free resource provides educational material for telephone nurses and features a variety of learning material including videos, articles, research, and links to external sources. The courses provide a thorough understanding of nurse triage, triage protocols, and patient care. These resources address the criteria and skills needed to be an effective telephone triage nurse. While

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TriageLogic to Attend the Annual Conference of Healthcare Call Centers

Rose Moon, TriageLogic Clinical Education and IT Support Manager, will be representing the company in Pittsburgh at the Healthcare Call Center’s 30th annual conference June 13-15, 2018. This year’s conference focuses on “bridging from yesterday to tomorrow,” and Rose is excited to share how TriageLogic is helping to create the triage call center platforms of the future. Rose will be set up at booth #18

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TriageLogic Transforms Existing Patient Management Systems and EHRs into Clinical Triage Call Center Platforms

Letter from the Medical Director Dr. Ravi Raheja Around the same time as electronic medical records (EMRs) were starting to get popular, triage systems had started to emerge.  These triage systems worked like simple EMRs to collect and store patient data from telephone triage encounters. The unique feature of these triage systems was that they had symptom-based protocols embedded to assist the nurse in making

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TriageLogic is Growing to Meet the Demands in Telemedicine

The Summer CEO Perspective By Dr. Charu Raheja, Ph.D. Telemedicine is improving the quality of patient care while decreasing costs. TriageLogic is constantly evolving and growing to meet the needs of providers and patients. We have developed more versatile software, such as the new myTriageChecklist Call Center Version, that allows any health call center to add Schmitt-Thompson protocols to their existing patient management system, or

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Nurse Triage Call Procedures: Listening Skills

Effective listening skills are a fundamental characteristic of telephone triage nurses. In a traditional setting, nurses are able to utilize all senses, while triaging a patient. However, the biggest challenge in telephone triage and telemedicine is the lack of face-to-face communication. Telephone nurses have to fine-tune their listening skills, in order to effectively triage a patient. There are three different components in effective listening: active,

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The 10 Critical Steps of Taking a Triage Call

This short video introduces the key steps in for a triage nurse to take a patient phone triage call. The goal of every triage call is to make a patient feel comfortable and heard, while at the same time collect the critical information from the patient and get them to the appropriate level of care based on their symptoms. Triage Nurses are good clinicians, critical

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Building Trust in Telephone Nurse Triage

The nurse-patient relationship is an important part of any patients total treatment plan. Trust is an essential component to that relationship and helps to improve compliance leading to better patient outcomes. Patients who do not trust their nurses tend not to follow their instructions, which can, in turn, lead to a delay of care and negative outcome for the patient. Communication plays a big part

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Telephone Triage: Managing Difficult Calls

As a triage nurse working in a call center, you are bound to have a difficult caller at one point or another. To be effective, it is important to take a step back and put yourself in the caller’s shoes. Remember a time when you or a loved one was sick or in pain. Most likely you were overwhelmed by worry and anxiety. You might

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Triaging Newborns and Comforting New Parents: Part 2

By Marci Lawing, RN   In this blog series, we have explored some important issues to be aware of when triaging newborns and normal newborn reflexes. These included normal newborn reflexes, the cuddle paradox, poor feeding and suck issues, increased sleep, color changes, unusual cries, repeat calling, and more. In this part 2, we share some common caller scenarios and how to handle them. Common

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Triaging Newborns and Comforting New Parents: Part 1

By Marci Lawing, RN   Normal Reflexes and Symptoms of Illness Newborns can be especially difficult to triage because there are 2 or more clients to take into consideration: the infant and the new parent/s. Sometimes the parents just need reassurance that what their infant is displaying is normal, while other times it may not be as clear to the triage nurse. In this blog

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Nurse Triage: Handling Abuse or Neglect

In the United States, more than 5 children die everyday as a result of child abuse or neglect. Therefore, triage nurses have to be prepared to handle these difficult calls and recognize the signs of abuse and neglect. However, children are not the only victims of abuse. Adults, elderly, and disabled individuals can also be exposed to cruelty. Most importantly, the triage nurse needs as

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Effectively Documenting Patient Phone Calls Decreases Liability

By Charu Raheja, PhD In modern times, people demand quick access to information and services. Medical care is no different. More and more patients and medical practices are turning to the telephone to communicate health information and care instructions, which, when used correctly, can be a safe, effective and beneficial option for both the patient and physician. However, unlike office visits, there is often a

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How to Reassure Callers of Coughing Children for Triage Nurses

Calls from parents about coughing children are the second most common triage call. After ruling out the need for urgent care, it is important to reassure parents, so they won’t take their little one to the Emergency Department. Drs. Schmitt and Thompson explain how to help parents understand that coughs are almost always viral in origin, so antibiotics won’t help. Parents also need to understand the

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How to Calm an Anxious Parent as a Telephone Triage Nurse

By Dr. Ravi Raheja Telephone Triage nurses play an important role in assessing sick patients over the phone and directing them to the appropriate level of care. In addition to the clinical aspect, nurses play an important role in the human aspect by providing an empathetic and reassuring health professional that they can trust. It is not unusual for first-time parents or parents of newborns

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Emergency Room or Not

How Triage Nurses Are Making a Difference There are many times when the triage nurse is able to redirect the caller to a less expensive treatment option that allows them to stay home and treat their symptoms while also educating them on the symptoms that they should be aware of that require a trip to the Emergency Room. Many times, patients who have had little

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Triaging the Mysteries of Abdominal Pain

Triaging the Mysteries of Abdominal Pain By Marci Lawing, RN Stomach pain is something almost everyone experiences from time to time. Abdominal pain is a common reason patients call nurse triage yet each call is as challenging as the next. There are so many possible causes of abdominal pain that the nurse must be diligent in asking the right questions and performing a detailed assessment

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Advice from Triage Nurses on Early Health Warning Signs for Adults

In July, we presented data from our nurse triage call center evaluating the disposition given to adult callers when they called a nurse triage line (read original). Surprisingly, we found that 1 in every 3 adults who called a nurse line presented such serious symptoms that they required urgent care, as illustrated in Graph 1. In this article, we expand the study by explaining why the

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Adults Underestimate Their Symptoms – Nurse Triage Saves Lives

One in every 3 adults who calls a nurse triage line is told to go to the ER. Find out why. By: Charu G. Raheja, PhD Often times, as adults, we think that we are better than children at determining if our symptoms are serious enough to require further care. As a result, many of us deny very serious symptoms. We think the severe headache

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Building Trust in Telephone Nurse Triage

Building Trust in Telephone Nurse Triage The nurse-patient relationship is an important part of any patient’s total treatment plan. Trust is an essential component of that relationship and helps to improve compliance leading to better patient outcomes. Patients who do not trust their nurses tend not to follow their instructions, which can, in turn, lead to a delay of care and negative outcome for the

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Outcomes When Infants Are Triaged by a Nurse Line

One in 10 parents who call a nurse triage line on behalf of their infants is told to go to the ER. By: Charu G. Raheja, PhD Pediatricians understand that a nurse triage line is imperative to help parents navigate early childhood.  Still, it is sometimes difficult for parents to understand when calling a triage nurse is necessary for the safety of their children. In

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Triaging Newborns and Comforting New Parents Part 2

In this blog series, we have explored some important issues to be aware of when triaging newborns and normal newborn reflexes. These included normal newborn reflexes, the cuddle paradox, poor feeding and suck issues, increased sleep, color changes, unusual cries, repeat calling, and more. In Part 2, we share some common caller scenarios and how to handle them. Common Caller Scenarios Newborns can be especially

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Triaging Newborns and Comforting New Parents: Part 1

Triaging Newborns and Comforting New Parents: Part 1 By Marci Lawing, RN Normal Reflexes and Symptoms of Illness Newborns can be especially difficult to triage because there are 2 or more clients to take into consideration: the infant and the new parent/s. Sometimes the parents just need reassurance that what their infant is displaying is normal, while other times it may not be as clear to

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How to Calm an Anxious Parent as a Telephone Triage Nurse

How to Calm an Anxious Parent as a Telephone Triage Nurse By Dr. Ravi Raheja Telephone Triage nurses play an important role in assessing sick patients over the phone and directing them to the appropriate level of care. In addition to the clinical aspect, nurses play an important role in the human aspect by providing an empathetic and reassuring health professional that they can trust.

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Triage Protocols – Why Use Them and How do They Work?

Watch this short video to get an overview of triage protocols and the importance of using protocols when evaluating patients over the phone. Triage Protocols are specialized algorithms that are used to evaluate the seriousness of a caller’s condition, based on the caller’s symptom. The nurse asks a series of questions starting with the highest acuity, 911, and working down to those symptoms that can

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TriageLogic’s New Protocols Lecture

TriageLogic’s New Protocols Lecture Last year we started a new course on triage protocols for nurses. In the previous lectures we covered ‘What are Protocols and How to Use Them?’ and ‘Navigating Protocols: Steps 1 and 2’. In the ‘What are Protocols’ lecture, we learned that protocols are a standardized method of triaging a patient. The use of these protocols allows a triage nurse to

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Why do patients call after hours? Triage Calls From November Through January

Why do patients call after hours? Triage Calls From November Through January It is the beginning of February, one of the coldest months of the year. Winter months are normally associated with a higher number of patients calling with symptoms related to cold, flu and influenza.  Surprisingly this year, we have not seen the common influx of Influenza-related patient phone calls that are normally observed.

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Information That Triage Nurses Can Give to Patients Concerned with Zika Virus

Information That Triage Nurses Can Give to Patients Concerned with Zika Virus When patients are made aware of a virus such as Zika, they usually become anxious and fearful. More often than not, they end up calling doctors’ offices with questions and concerns. As such, triage nurses should be prepared to receive some of these calls. They need to be well informed about the illness

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Ebola: Protocols for Handling Patient Calls and Concerns

With the death of the first victim in Dallas, and now two healthcare workers being treated for the virus, the nation is growing concerned about our ability to contain Ebola. While the United States is well equipped with supplies and the hospitals to handle this infection, protocols, and knowledge play an important role. Although Ebola is a deadly virus, it is not nearly as contagious

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Cold vs Flu: How Do Triage Nurses Differentiate? Many times patients call a triage advice nurse with symptoms of cough, nasal congestion, fever and feeling sluggish. These symptoms are common with both a cold and Influenza. Colds vs flu: how does the triage nurse know which protocol to use to assure her patient reaches the right level of care? This short video blog discusses how

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Basic Qualities of a Good Triage Nurse

Basic Qualities of a Good Triage Nurse By Marci Lawing, RN, BSN and Ravi K. Raheja, MD Telephone Triage Nurses are a special breed. Evaluating an individual’s symptoms over the phone presents a unique challenge. Think of working in an ER without your sense of vision, smell, or touch. Nurses are taught to use all 5 senses to triage their patients and when we take

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Tips for Successful Patient Triage

Triaging patients over the phone is challenging because nurses have limited information available to them. Because they are not able to use touch and visual cues, nurses have to use their years of training, education, and instincts to help them make the right decision every time. This article covers 5 common challenges and issues faced by triage nurses. Read on to learn how to avoid

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Stories From the Field: Triage Nurses Tell All

Stories From the Field: Triage Nurses Tell All The TriageLogic Group is staffed by a team of talented and well-rounded nurses. We are thankful for their expertise in triage and compassion for patients. While our nurses maintain a high level of professionalism they have their own inspirational and funny stories to share. We have compiled a few stories from our nurses that will remind everyone

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Saving healthcare dollars

Saving Healthcare Dollars with Nurse Triage – A Case Study

While many symptoms are serious and require an emergency care visit, many patients seek the advice of a triage nurse to keep them out of the Emergency Room. There are many times when the triage nurse is able to redirect the caller to a safer and less expensive treatment option, while also educating them on what symptoms to monitor for that would warrant a need to be

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Silverline and TriageLogic Partner to Integrate Nurse Triage Software with Salesforce Health Cloud

Silverline, a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Firm headquartered in New York City, in partnership with TriageLogic®, is proud to announce an integrated version of its nurse triage module for Salesforce. With MyTriageChecklist, the comprehensive triage module, patient and/or medical call centers with Salesforce can easily add nurse triage protocols into the core interaction with patients. Salesforce continues to gain momentum across the healthcare industry with Health

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Tips for Successful Patient Triage Calls

Triaging patients over the phone is challenging because nurses have limited information available to them. Telephone triage nurses are not able to use touch or visual cues. These nurses have to rely on their years of training, education, and instincts to help them make the right decision every time. Below, I discuss tips to ensure positive triage outcomes for each patient call. Be Objective: As

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Using Data Analytics to Improve Value-Based Care

As practices and organizations move to value-based care, medical call centers can play a crucial role in improving the patient experience and the quality of care while containing costs. An effective way to start finding a solution is to evaluate data from nurse triage call centers on patient concerns, caller demographics, nurse triage disposition and effectiveness, and other measures to improve the call center and

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Incorporating Telehealth Nurses in Your Telemedicine Services

By Dr. Charu Raheja, Ph.D. Hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare organizations are expanding telemedicine to provide quality services and generate revenue. There are many telemedicine options available for each organization’s unique needs and it is important to be aware of the factors that providers must consider to make telemedicine services successful for the patients and the organization. Telemedicine Adoption [1] According to the 2017 Foley

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Why Patients Love TriageLogic’s After-Hours Telephone Triage Service – A Case Study

Why Patients Love TriageLogic’s After-Hours Telephone Triage Service Hospitals and physicians trust TriageLogic to be there for their patients’ health concerns. TriageLogic’s telephone nurse triage service Nurse Triage On Call includes trained nurses that are available after-hours to discuss symptoms and solutions. We like to highlight stories when TriageLogic nurses take the initiative to help their patient beyond the standard protocols. CASE STUDY: Meet the Caller and the

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How Secure is Your Patient Data?

How Secure is Your Patient Data? As more technology gets implemented to improve healthcare data security has become an increasingly important aspect to consider. Providers need to know that their patient’s information is secure and that the systems and products that they are using are not leaving them vulnerable. At TriageLogic, we take several steps to protect patient data and ensure that our products are

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Dr. Charu Raheja to be a Keynote Speaker at Biannual HAFA Conference for Healthcare Advisors

 Dr. Charu Raheja to be a Keynote Speaker at Biannual HAFA Conference for Healthcare Advisors Jacksonville, FL March 5, 2018. Continuwell announces CEO, Dr. Charu Raheja, Ph.D., to be a keynote speaker at the biannual Health Agents for America (HAFA) conference in New Orleans March 8th and 9th. Dr. Raheja will present a roadmap to help agents assess client needs and easy-to-implement technological solutions that

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Why Telephone Triage Nurses are a Perfect Complement to Telemedicine

 Why Telephone Triage Nurses are a Perfect Complement to Telemedicine Telemedicine has been a medical buzzword for several years, and the variety and depth of services provided have grown dramatically during this time. There is little argument that telemedicine is a great way to supplement traditional medical practices. The advantages are clear: more convenient care for patients, more doctor availability, and less driving time and

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Increased Call Volume Due to 2018 Influenza Season

Increased Call Volume Due to 2018 Influenza Season There is no denying it, we are in the middle of Flu Season. Is your practice experiencing an influx of patient calls? TriageLogic nurses have seen a 28% increase in call volume from December to January. Many of these patients are suffering from flu-like symptoms and reaching out to their providers for care advice.  We are just

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Female patient with a possible heart attack symptom should be evaluated by a telephone triage nurse

Using Telephone Nurse Triage to Evaluate Patients for Possible Heart Attacks

Using Telephone Nurse Triage to Evaluate Patients for Possible Heart Attacks Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women, yet many patients do not realize that they may have heart attack symptoms. These symptoms can often be subtle or imitate other ailments, such as influenza, nausea, or back pain. Therefore, telephone triage nurses must know the warning signs to help their patients

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Winter Desk Exercises: Staying Active and Healthy at Work This Winter

Winter Desk Exercises Staying Active and Healthy at Work This Winter Winter is the busy season for telephone triage nurses. Call volume increases mean more time at their desk on the phone with patients. With the weather outside being less than ideal, it can be hard to be motivated to exercise. However, doing these quick winter desk exercises while working can improve health and keep

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Care News Winter – Spring 2018

Drs. Charu and Ravi Raheja discuss how TriageLogic continues to innovate triage software and services to provide your patients with easy access to quality care.

You’ll also read about the release of new features for myTriageChecklist and the ability to integrate nurse triage software with Salesforce.

You’ll get an introduction to Chrissie Pattison, the Sales Manager for Continuwell.

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Employee Spotlight – Chrissie Pattison Continuwell Sales Manager

  Employee Spotlight – Chrissie Pattison Continuwell Sales Manager   In this edition of our Employee Spotlight, we are introducing Chrissie Pattison, the Continuwell sales manager.  Chrissie met TriageLogic’s founders Charu and Ravi Raheja at a mutual friend’s birthday party. They struck up a conversation that led to what they did at TriageLogic. Chrissie was instantly interested since she had been married to a physician

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Software to Triage and Document Patient Calls Updated with Detailed Reporting Capabilities and Custom Orders

  Software to Triage and Document Patient Calls Updated with Detailed Reporting Capabilities and Custom Orders Jacksonville, FL, January 2, 2017 – TriageLogic is introducing the latest version of MyTriageChecklist®, a daytime telephone nurse triage software to triage and document patient phone calls. TriageLogic customers will still have all of the features and clinical support that they rely on from the previous version, including Schmitt-Thompson

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Making a Difference at Work – How Corporate Social Responsibility Affects Recruiting and Retaining Employees

  Making a Difference at Work- How Corporate Social Responsibility Affects Recruiting and Retaining Employees A guest blog from Continuwell partner Community Health Charities Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is fast becoming a key factor in recruiting and retaining employees for many companies. Today’s workforce is cause-focused; 83% of millennials and 70% of all U.S. employees are more likely to be loyal to companies that help

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The Challenges of Triaging Rashes Over the Phone

  The Challenges of Triaging Rashes Over the Phone Though most rashes are harmless, patients and providers would like to be able to diagnose and determine exactly what is causing the rash over the phone. This has become easier as telemedicine technology has evolved to include the ability for patients to send their providers or nurses images from their smartphones, such as the my247Healthcare app

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How to Make Your Telemedicine Services Successful

  How to Make Your Telemedicine Services Successful Recent studies have shown that hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare organizations are no longer leery of telemedicine and are in fact expanding to provide quality services and generate revenue. With this growth and success, there are many telemedicine options available for each unique organization.  It is important to be aware of the factors that providers must

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New eBook on Engaging and Communicating with Employees

New eBook on Engaging and Communicating with Employees A New eBook from TriageLogic’s partner company Continuwell on how to help empower, communicate, and engage your employees with access to company resources Employee engagement and communication is key to any organization but is crucial in the medical field. In a study of 200 hospitals by Gallup, they found that the engagement level of nurses was the number

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How Triage Nurses Can Help Patients with Diabetes

How Triage Nurses Can Help Patients with Diabetes Did you know that 29 million people living in the United States have diabetes?  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that every five minutes two people die of diabetes-related causes and 14 adults are newly diagnosed. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenses about 2.3 times higher than those who

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TriageLogic Partners with Silverline to Integrate Nurse Triage Software with Salesforce

TriageLogic Partners with Silverline to Integrate Nurse Triage Software with Salesforce JACKSONVILLE, FL (November 03, 2017) TriageLogic©, in partnership with Silverline, is excited to introduce a Salesforce integrated version of their nurse triage module at Dreamforce 2017. With MyTriageChecklist© for Salesforce, the new comprehensive triage module, patient and/or medical call centers with Salesforce or considering Salesforce can seamlessly add nurse triage protocols into the core

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Managing Patient Calls During the Holidays

Managing Patient Calls During the Holidays The beginning of the 2017 holiday season is here and many practices are evaluating how they will be managing patient calls during the holidays. Fall can be a busy time for your practice, with the flu and back-to-school colds making their way through your community. Halloween brings its own horrors with patient calls about children throwing up and not

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Risks in Telephone Triage Care: A New Learning Center Course

Risks in Telephone Triage Care: A New Learning Center Course Introducing the next course in TriageLogic’s Learning Center, Risks in Telephone Triage. This course will examine the various risks that providers need to consider when triage nurses evaluate patients over the phone. These risks include delay of care, not following protocols, practicing outside the scope of nursing, and improper documentation. All medical professionals practice their

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Case Study: Nurse Triage Assisting Patients with Medical Devices

 Case Study: Nurse Triage Assisting Patients with Medical Devices Another Potential Life-Saving Incident. In today’s world, healthcare is fragmented and while technology is improving care, it is also increasing the complexity of maintaining and using medical devices. In addition, as a provider, you want to ensure that your patients receive quality care 24/7. Offering your patients an after-hours nurse triage service serves as an extension

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Preparing Your Practice for the 2017 Influenza Season

 Preparing Your Practice for the 2017 Influenza Season Cases of influenza and patients with flu symptoms are already being reported across the U.S. It is time to prepare your office staff and patients for the prevention and treatment of the influenza virus. Establishing a quality telephone triage system, such as TriageLogic’s myTriageChecklist, will prepare your office for an influx of patient calls and help to

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How Telephone Triage Nurses Handle Patient Emergencies

 How Telephone Triage Nurses Handle Patient Emergencies There are many reasons why patients call a nurse triage service. Some call for advice on what to do for acute symptoms, such as mild diarrhea, vomiting, or how to soothe their child that can’t sleep due to a mild cough and stuffy nose. Every telephone triage nurse will eventually have a caller that is experiencing severe chest

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Speeding up the Diagnosis of Patient Symptoms: How Triage Nurses Help Patients by Asking the Right Questions

 Speeding up the Diagnosis of Patient Symptoms: How Triage Nurses Help Patients by Asking the Right Questions Telephone nurse triage plays a critical role in making sure that patients are given the correct level of care when they call. This requires following strict guidelines established through Schmitt-Thompson protocols, in which the nurse asks certain questions beginning with the most emergent symptoms. In some cases, a

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The Role of Nurse Triage in Providing Emotional and Life Support to Callers

 The Role of Nurse Triage in Providing Emotional and Life Support to Callers     When most people think about what a triage nurse does, they think of worried mothers calling about their babies, elderly patients calling about ailments, and middle-aged adults worried if they are having a heart attack or just gas. Often times, one overlooks the role of triage nurses in providing emotion

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How Daytime Protocols Help Improve Patient Call Outcomes

 How Daytime Protocols Help Improve Patient Call Outcomes Every patient interaction starts with a phone call. Often times, patients call their doctor’s office to ask if their symptoms require them to come in. How does your practice ensure that the nurses answering the calls ask all the relevant questions and documents the calls?  Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Thompson have created standardized guidelines that ensure the

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Reduce Unnecessary ER Visits with Telephone Triage

 Reduce Unnecessary ER Visits with Telephone Triage Over the years, telemedicine has been gaining acceptance as a means of lowering healthcare costs and decreasing the unnecessary use of the ER.  Telephone nurse triage has become part of the telemedicine solution. By using standardized protocols to advise patients on their symptoms and indicate the appropriate care, triage nurses decrease unnecessary ER visits, resulting in significant annual

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Nurse Triage Help for Patients Who Suffer from Asthma

 Nurse Triage Help for Patients Who Suffer from Asthma In the U.S. alone 1 in 13 people have asthma. If a patient is experiencing sudden difficulty with airway management, it is vital for them to contact a triage nurse to work through the various interventions. With the triage nurse using her critical thinking skills and protocols, such as the Schmitt-Thompson guidelines, she can guide the

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TriageLogic to Provide Post-Op Follow-up Calls to Baptist Health Neurosurgery Patients

 TriageLogic to Provide Post-Op Follow-up Calls to Baptist Health Neurosurgery Patients JACKSONVILLE, FL (August 14, 2017) TriageLogic® has teamed up with Baptist Health to provide post-op follow-up calls from nurses to patients who have been discharged after surgery for stroke or other conditions from Lyerly Neurosurgery, part of the Baptist Stroke & Cerebralvascular Center. The stress and difficulty faced by patients during their hospital stay

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Care News Summer-Fall 2017

In this issue, Drs. Charu and Ravi Raheja discuss new products and services as well as upgraded features of the TriageLogic software, including our latest product Continuwell, the new MyTriageChecklist, and a new data report feature for our Call Center Software clients.

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Employee Spotlight: Beth Demos, RN

 Employee Spotlight: Beth Demos, RN This employee spotlight we have decided to feature Beth Demos, RN. You may have recently read about her call with a patient who did not want to follow her instructions. However, because of her persistence and compassion, he eventually called 911 and received the immediate care that he needed.  After dabbling in art school, cosmetology, and pharmacology, Beth graduated from

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Letter from the Medical Director

 Letter from the Medical Director  TriageLogic was one of the first companies to provide computerized triage protocols for office nurses to handle their daytime patient phone calls. We are excited to announce that we are releasing a brand new version of MyTriageChecklist with exciting features. As our way of saying thank you, all existing customers will be able to upgrade to this robust platform at

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CEO Perspective

 CEO Perspective Welcome to our summer 2017 newsletter! So much has happened since the beginning of this year, and I am excited to share our progress with you. First, Continuwell is now available for your organizations to implement and ensure your employees stay healthy and your healthcare costs stay down. Did you know that over 85% of employees consider health and wellness offerings when choosing

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TriageLogic Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies by Jacksonville Business Journal

TriageLogic Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies by Jacksonville Business Journal TriageLogic is excited to announce that we have been selected as one of Jacksonville’s Fast 50. For this list, the Jacksonville Business Journal looks for companies that boomed during the good times, that grew even when the economy shrank, and that stand as an example of what ingenuity, hard work and

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STARTEK Announces Partnership with TriageLogic

STARTEK Announces Partnership with TriageLogic   Leading BPO expands medical triage solutions and provider medical support services Greenwood Village, Colo. — (July 19, 2017) – STARTEK, a leader in business process outsourcing services today announced a partnership with URAC accredited TriageLogic® to expand its medical triage solutions and provider medical support services. The partnership allows STARTEK to provide healthcare clients with an enhanced solution to evaluate

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Tips to Decrease Employee Absenteeism and Save on Healthcare Expenses

Tips to Decrease Employee Absenteeism and Save on Healthcare Expenses Hospital executives and administration are constantly under pressure to reduce costs without sacrificing patient care. For many, this means cutting labor costs. On average, about 50% of hospital revenue is spent on labor costs. One cost-saving opportunity is to provide staff with an easy to access resource for all of their health and wellness benefits. Providing

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How to Manage Patient Calls Based on the Size and Needs of Your Organization

How to Manage Patient Calls Based on the Size and Needs of Your Organization As a practice manager or doctor, managing patient calls effectively is critical in ensuring high-quality, well-coordinated care for every patient. The first step is to make sure that the people answering your phones triage patients efficiently and effectively. Establishing a consistent nurse triage system will improve the way you manage patient

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Keeping Your Staff Healthy

 Keeping Your Staff Healthy You work hard at ensuring your patients have all of the tools that they need to stay healthy. What about your staff? When it comes to employee healthcare, a lot of companies take the preventive approach, such as implementing programs and challenges that focus on losing weight or quitting smoking. Having a program that can combine all of your company’s benefits

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Is a Trip to the Emergency Room Necessary? Read Anna’s Case Study

 Is a Trip to the Emergency Room Necessary? Read Anna’s Case Study  Emergency room visits cost an average of $2,1681, making it an expensive option for care. For the patient, it means high co-pays, a long wait in a crowded emergency room, and the possibility of catching a virus while waiting.  The difficulty in making the right decision on whether or not an emergency room

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50 Reasons to Choose TriageLogic’s Nurse Triage On Call

 50 Reasons to Choose TriageLogic’s Nurse Triage On Call Providers are often faced with the dilemma of ensuring that their patients have access to care after-hours, but do not have the time or staff to provide those services. The benefits of having a trained medical professional after hours are clear: not only does it prevent unnecessary medical expenses by directing people appropriately, but it also

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TriageLogic Presents at Healthcare Call Center Times Annual Conference

TriageLogic Presents at Healthcare Call Center Times Annual Conference  TriageLogic presented material on hiring and managing remote call center employees to some of the largest hospitals around the country at the 29th Annual Conference of Healthcare Call Centers. Medical Director Ravi Raheja, MD and Clinical Nurse Manager Marci Lawing, RN BSN each presented their views and experience on what works and tips for call center managers.

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This Triage Nurse is a Hero – See How She Saves a Patient’s Life

This Triage Nurse is a Hero- See How She Saves a Patient’s Life Some of the most important triage calls are the ones where the patient doesn’t think that their symptoms are serious. A patient should never ignore severe symptoms. TriageLogic nurses often take calls from people who are reluctant to call 911 or go to an emergency room, even when their symptoms warrant a

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Nurse’s Toolbox: Triaging Patients with Celiac Disease

Nurse’s Toolbox: Triaging Patients with Celiac Disease May is celiac disease awareness month. In these final days of May, we wanted to dedicate this Nurse’s Toolbox to detailing what celiac is, what the symptoms are, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options.  Triaging a patient with known Celiac Disease can be challenging.  It is important for triage nurses to know  the symptoms, in order to

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Accountable Care Organizations Can Decrease Unnecessary Patient Expenses with Nurse Triage

Accountable Care Organizations Can Decrease Unnecessary Patient Expenses with Nurse Triage  Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are designed to encourage high-quality and less expensive treatments for patients. As a provider, you receive a reward if your patients stay out of expensive care and expensive hospitals. Similar incentives for providers are emerging from insurance companies as well. There are many strategies your practice can implement to reach

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Tips for Triage Nurses and Telehealth Professionals with Anxious Callers

Tips for Triage Nurses and Telehealth Professionals with Anxious Callers  Anxiety is as individual and personalized as pain is.  Any medical professional, for instance a triage nurse, will tell you, “Pain is what the patient says it is.”  Anxiety is similar, as it is hard to determine how an individual will react to situations.  Sometimes, what the nurse may perceive as a small “inconvenience” is

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Engaging Patients During a Nurse Triage Call and Developing Trust

Engaging Patients During a Nurse Triage Call and Developing Trust  The nurse-patient relationship is one that is like no other. On any telehealth call, such as a nurse triage call, two strangers must somehow find a way to communicate and trust each other in a very short period of time. Like other relationships, this one is built on trust and communication. However, unlike other relationships,

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Learning Center Course 3 Part 4: Case of a Child with an Acute Cough

Learning Center Course 3 Part 4: Case of a Child with an Acute Cough Just as with our other case studies on baby Laura, Juan, and Paula, this course focuses on how the nurse uses the 10 Critical Steps to perform a thorough assessment on the patient, pick the correct protocol and disposition, and get the patient to the right level of care. The patient

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Tune in to Hear TriageLogic’s CEO on Monday’s First Coast Connect

Tune in to Hear TriageLogic’s CEO on Monday’s First Coast Connect Jacksonville, FL (April 27, 2017). TriageLogic CEO, Charu Raheja, PhD, will be on the local radio show First Coast Connect Monday May 1, 2017 to discuss her story, some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare today, and how telehealth fits in the overall solution. Call in to be part of the conversation Monday around

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Continuwell® Exhibited at the World’s Largest Telehealth Event

Continuwell® Exhibited at the World’s Largest Telehealth Event JACKSONVILLE, FL. (April 25, 2017) Continuwell, a product of TriageLogic, exhibited at the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Telehealth 2.0 in Orlando, April 23-25. This conference is the telehealth industry’s premier event for technology innovation and networking, focused on how telehealth is transforming healthcare. The Continuwell team was on the floor demonstrating the new patent-pending application (app) that

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A Customized Follow-up Plan to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

A Customized Follow-up Plan to Reduce Hospital Readmissions When patients get discharged after a hospital visit, it can be difficult for them to follow or remember discharge instructions. This can lead to higher readmission rates, longer recovery times, and overall lower quality of patient satisfaction. Read these tips to see how a customized post discharge follow-up care plan will reduce patient readmissions. Did you know?

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Charting by Exception –Triage Patients Efficiently in Your Medical Call Center

Charting by Exception –Triage Patients Efficiently in Your Medical Call Center When triaging patients in your medical call center, charting by exception is the most efficient way to ensure that your triage nurses quickly reach the correct protocol. At TriageLogic, we use the gold-standard Schmitt-Thompson protocols and chart by exception based on the author’s recommendation for safe triage care. Charting by exception is a shorthand method for documenting

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Using Mobile Apps to Engage Patients

Using Mobile Apps to Engage Patients Telehealth and mobile applications (apps) are changing the way that healthcare is delivered. A recent Pew Research study[1] found that about 77% of Americans own a smartphone. It is estimated that smartphone users spend about 1.8 hours every day on their devices, and that 89% of that mobile media time is on an app. Anyone who owns a smartphone

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Decrease Medical Liability with Effective Documentation of Patient Calls

Decrease Medical Liability with Effective Documentation of Patient Calls By Charu Raheja, PhD   Many patient interactions begin with a phone call. Often, physicians and medical professionals provide medical care and instructions to patients over the phone. Unlike office visits, there is often a lack of documentation of the communication between the healthcare provider and patient. If there is a misunderstanding or a negative patient

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Triaging Elderly Patients

Triaging Elderly Patients By Nurse Manager, Marci Lawing, RN, BSN Telephone triage nurses have an extra challenge when working with the elderly. Triage nurses are not able to see their patients, communicating via the telephone, and that can sometimes be less than ideal. Phone connection issues can make the conversation even more challenging. Along with the fact that the patient may be hard of hearing

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What Makes a Good Telephone Triage Nurse

What Makes a Good Telephone Triage Nurse By Marci Lawing, RN, BSN Telephone Triage Nurses are a special breed. Evaluating an individual’s symptoms over the phone presents a unique challenge. Think of working in an ER without your sense of vision, smell, or touch. Nurses are taught to use all five senses when triaging patients. However, take away four of those senses and it becomes

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TriageLogic Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise and CEO Honored by the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards

TriageLogic Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise and CEO Honored by the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Jacksonville, FL (March 7, 2017) –  TriageLogic is now certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. CEO Charu Raheja,

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Triaging Heart Attack

Triaging Heart Attacks Over the Phone By Marci Lawing, RN BSN For triage nurses, evaluating patients over the phone who may be having a heart attack can be challenging. Not all patients show the same symptoms leading to or during a heart attack, sometimes the symptoms of a heart attack can be rather subtle.  There is even the rarely talked about “silent heart attack”.  That

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Improve Nursing Staff Training and Patient Care with myTriageChecklist®

Improve Nursing Staff Training and Patient Care with myTriageChecklist® For over six years, hundreds doctors’ offices have relied on TriageLogic’s myTriageChecklist® to determine and document the appropriate level of care when their patients call with symptoms. MyTriageChecklist provides a convenient and reliable, web-based solution for offices looking to increase their quality of patient care. Using Schmitt-Thompson, the gold standard for telephone triage, myTriageChecklist helps ensure

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Multnomah County Health Department uses TriageLogic® to Streamline Patient Calls and Save Unnecessary ER visits

Multnomah County Health Department uses TriageLogic® to Streamline Patient Calls and Save Unnecessary ER visits   Jacksonville, FL. (February 7, 2017) – TriageLogic® announces the implementation of myTriageChecklist® for Multnomah County Health Department. Multnomah County Health Department was searching for a way to improve the consistency of the advice given to patients. MyTriageChecklist has been able to provide that consistency with the Schmitt-Thompson, electronic-based protocol

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Title for TriageLogic's Winter 2019-Spring 2020 Care News

Care News Winter – Spring 2017

This issue highlights the new mobile applications for My 24/7 Healthcare and Continuwell.

The TriageLogic Medical Director, Dr. Ravi Raheja, discusses the new features in the updated myTriageChecklist.

We feature a customer spotlight on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an employee spotlight on Rose Moon, our Clinical Educator and IT Support Manager.

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Letter from the Medical Director: January 2017

TriageLogic was the first company to create a free standing triage checklist, myTriageChecklist®, for nurses to use during the day with the Schmitt-Thompson daytime protocols. Hundreds of doctors’ offices currently rely on our system to determine and document the appropriate level of care when their patients call with symptoms. TriageLogic continues to invest in technology to assist doctors and patients. In addition to new mobile

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CEO Perspective: January 2017

  Happy New Year! TriageLogic has exciting new plans for 2017. We are launching new products and services, with two new mobile applications (apps) – Continuwell® and My 24/7 Healthcare™.  MyTriageChecklist® has a new look and website too. We are excited about the growth and new opportunities for the TriageLogic Group to continue helping you take care of your patients and improve your practice. With

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TriageLogic® Announces Continuwell ®– An Innovative Nurse-First Model to Improve Telehealth.

Jacksonville, FL – TriageLogic Management and Consulting, LLC, announces the launch of Continuwell, a new telehealth product for businesses and organizations to decrease employee health care expense and reduce employee sick days. This innovative service is designed to complement and enhance any existing wellness or telemedicine offering already in place, or offer a turnkey solution. You take care of your patients, but who takes care

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TriageLogic Case Study : Breath-Holding Spells

TriageLogic Case Study : Breath-Holding Spells     A TriageLogic nurse recently answered a call from a very anxious mother of a 2-year-old. This mother told the nurse she was in a department store, getting ready to have family pictures done and her 2-year-old was having a temper tantrum and started crying because she couldn’t have an ice cream cone. The crying got louder as the

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TriageLogic Implements Nurse Triage Call Center Software for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Jacksonville, FL. (October 19, 2016)-   TriageLogic announces the implementation of their Nurse Triage Call Center Software for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia. TriageLogic’s call center platform has been adapted and customized to fit the unique telephone triage needs of the hospitals and community phone lines for Children’s. Children’s is a not-for-profit organization that is over 100 years old.

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