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Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
To serve as an advocate for non-profit hospitals and the value of those hospitals. To support collaboration among those hospitals to improve quality and safety and reduce costs. To discuss issues in an open forum that impact the ability of those hospitals to successfully improve the... Full Bio
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Creating standards that stick: Reducing costs through the supply chain by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As the 2nd largest health system expense behind labor, managing supply expense plays a significant role in the effort to reduce total cost. Health systems (and the healthc ... Read on »
TJC vs. DNV: Which one is right for you? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There’s a lot of buzz in the healthcare community about the right path to choose for accreditation and deemed status with CMS. For many years, The Joint Commission (TJC)   ... Read on »
5 easy ways to go green – start with a green team by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Since Earth Day is on the way, I thought I’d take the time to share some tips on starting a corporate green team. What is a green team? A green team is a grassroot ... Read on »
Integrated data is not a fantasy by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Another baseball season is underway, which means another round of fantasy baseball for millions of fans, including me. I’ve been playing Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball with t ... Read on »
Top 4 healthcare sourcing questions, answered by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a 30+ year practicing surgical services nurse, and now a clinical product planner, I’ve seen both sides of the healthcare sourcing process. I’ve often been asked why it ... Read on »
The change agent for physician preference – data by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Changing preferences is hard work. Preferences for certain devices develop early in a physician’s career, often in medical school where they become familiar with the produ ... Read on »
5 ways to involve staff in culture change by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I previously shared my secret weapon on tackling culture change based on a question asked during a webinar on reducing harm . The question was: Was the culture at yo ... Read on »
March Madness in DC: Congress kicks the can again by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As Congress’ March 31 decision came and went this week, I’m left to wonder – will the 12th year of kicking the can be the last? Congress has been debating long-term Su ... Read on »
Are you managing ambulatory productivity? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy First off, let’s define productivity. Productivity = a department’s input divided by that same department’s output. How to calculate productivity     ... Read on »
The physician alignment strategy you need to adopt by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In today’s healthcare environment, improving the performance of employed physician practices is essential. As hospitals align with physicians, starting with employed physi ... Read on »
Technology’s role in population health management by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Population health management continues to be a hot topic in healthcare. But what role does technology play in that strategy? To learn more, we sat down with Dr. Alejandro ... Read on »
3 reasons physician engagement matters to your bottom line by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy When I speak with healthcare organizations about the initiatives they’re working on, whether we’re talking about population health management, standardizing the supply cha ... Read on »
Everyone needs a supply chain thermostat by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy After one of the coldest winters most of us can remember, we’re painfully aware of the financial impact turning up the thermostat a few degrees just to stay warm has. ... Read on »
Competitive benchmarking – why you should care by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Your organization owns and manages a small group of ambulatory practices. You’re currently in your office, your staff is working hard taking care of patients and physician ... Read on »
Holding vs. operating model – what’s the difference? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It’s no secret that the U.S. healthcare industry has been in a state of transition over the past decade. Changing market dynamics, driven by population demographics an ... Read on »
10 ways to reduce alarm fatigue by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In my post yesterday, I discussed the dangers of alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue is considered the leading health technology hazard, according to the ECRI Institute’s top 10 ... Read on »
Sounding the alarm on alarm fatigue by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Alarms are a serious matter in busy hospitals and ERs. Think about all of the devices used in patient care – infusion pumps, cardiac monitors, pulse oximetry devices, ... Read on »
Medication safety – So what are we missing? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patient Safety Awareness Week ’s theme “Navigate your health… safely” really struck a chord with me. Since I’m a pharmacy guy, I always have medication safety on the brai ... Read on »
The role of electronic data systems in patient safety by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Pop quiz in honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week : The number of Americans who die annually from preventable medical errors is: A. 44,000-98,000 B. 180,000 C. ... Read on »
Time to automate by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Columbia University researchers recently published results from a survey of ICUs in the American Journal of Infection Control. They found that a low percentage of hospital ... Read on »