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. More often than not, they end up calling doctors’ offices with questions and concerns. Triage nurses can help doctors by

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Care News – Winter/Spring 2019

The Winter 2019 Care News is Here! Care News is TriageLogic’s semi-annual publication highlighting articles on triage software, best practices in nurse triage, new trends in healthcare and recent developments in telemedicine. 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

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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 too often, injury or illness appears without warning for patients. For hospitals trying to control overcrowding, the obvious solution is

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Don't Compromise on Security

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. Cybercriminals use weaponized ransomware, misconfigured cloud storage buckets and phishing emails to attack. Hidden costs in data breaches are difficult

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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 practices, industry experts are sure that the transition away from fee-for-service payments and care delivery is here to stay. What

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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 a quick way to freshen-up to help increase your work productivity as an energy boost. You can share these exercise

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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 is performed in accordance with protocols which guide the nurse to determine the proper triage disposition to direct care to

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RoseMoonSpotlight

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 Logic with 25 years of nursing experience; including inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, as well as 17 years of telephone

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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 Patient Satisfaction/Experience Improve Provider Satisfaction/Experience The update goes over each aim and what to focus. It also provides the metrics

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Triage Levels

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 effectivelyis critical for several reasons. First, let us clarify what is a triage level? A triage level is the appropriate level of care base on the patient’s symptoms and medicalhistory. Levels usually include dispositions such as call 911, go to the emergency room, urgentcare visit, primary care or telemedicine visit within 24 to 48 hours, or most commonly homecare. Why is it important

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