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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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