Bill Siwicki

Bill Siwicki is Features Editor of Healthcare IT News. Bill has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, with more than 18 years in healthcare IT and healthcare finance, along with extensive expertise in mobile technology.

Nurse burnout stress and IT
By Bill Siwicki 12:32 pm November 09, 2020
Beyond the stress of increasing patient volumes and emotionally draining hospital shifts, RNs are grappling with alert and alarm fatigue, burdensome documentation, and EHR usability. But they’re finding ways to cope – and AI and automation are helping.
Brigham Digital Innovation Hub team members stand around packaged meal containers on a table

In May, members of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub team promoted the Safe Care Ideas initiative with stickers on salad bowls.

By Bill Siwicki 01:33 pm November 05, 2020
The Boston health system’s Digital Innovation Hub has spearheaded a new way to get all staff to contribute ideas. Many of those ideas are already in play and proving successful.
Telemedicine telehealth virtual care
By Bill Siwicki 11:33 am November 04, 2020
Without the new telemedicine platform, linked to its Epic EHR and language translation service, the health system would not have been able to meet patient needs.
Bonney Lake practice Northwest Medical Specialties building

The Bonney Lake practice of Northwest Medical Specialties

By Bill Siwicki 11:42 am November 03, 2020
Northwest Medical Specialties’ palliative care consults nearly doubled. Hospice referrals increased twelvefold. The integration of palliative care with advanced cancer helped the practice reach quality benchmarks.
Temple University Hospital Philadelphia

Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

By Bill Siwicki 11:24 am November 02, 2020
By centralizing access to specialty care, consults and outpatient appointments, Temple University Hospital has seen an increase in appointment adherence and overall patient experience.
VIM volunteers Dr. Marion Darling and Debra Cornett, RN

VIM volunteers Dr. Marion Darling and Debra Cornett, RN, caring for a patient.

By Bill Siwicki 11:37 am October 30, 2020
Almost all of the physician and nurse volunteers at Clinic of the Cascades were over 65. Here’s how the three merged technologies allowed it to stay open during COVID-19.
St. Luke’s Hospital St. Louis Missouri

St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

By Bill Siwicki 11:51 am October 29, 2020
The hospital invested in the technology with an eye toward starting with urgent care and mammography. Suddenly, COVID-19 testing was the focus. Today, use of self-scheduling has grown beyond pre-pandemic levels.
Real-time vital sign monitoring at United Methodist Communities

Real-time vital sign monitoring in the hands of associates has improved staff effectiveness and efficiency at United Methodist Communities.

By Bill Siwicki 11:47 am October 28, 2020
The not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider is preventing more falls, decreasing mortality and morbidity, increasing frequency of consultative services, and much more.
"Tele-assistive" technology otoscope stethoscope camera physician

Universal Community Health Center’s tele-assistive technology comes with an iPad, an otoscope, a stethoscope and a high-definition camera that allows a patient with the guidance of a physician to do a physical exam.

By Bill Siwicki 11:45 am October 27, 2020
The health center invested in virtual care workstations with various scopes that allow physicians to remotely guide patients through near-complete examinations.
Coder EHR vendor burnout
By Bill Siwicki 11:43 am October 26, 2020
In this fourth entry in our burnout feature series, key executives at seven top electronic health record companies share the steps they’re taking to ensure their employees can manage the many stressors related to COVID-19.

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