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.

Technologies and strategies to maintain productivity during telehealth transition

Jeffrey Vargas, a nursing home consultant, and Dr. Stacey Bayan, a neuropsychologist at Executive Mental Health, demonstrate the telehealth technology.

By Bill Siwicki 12:16 pm September 14, 2020
Los Angeles-based Executive Mental Health has not laid off a single provider or staff member since its shift to virtual care. Its CEO explains how.
How a homemade dashboard helped resume 3,000 necessary surgeries during COVID-19

The homemade dashboard helped Phoenix Children's staff reschedule more than 3,000 delayed surgeries.

By Bill Siwicki 11:52 am September 11, 2020
Elective but necessary surgeries were banned for a time. To properly catch up, Phoenix Children’s Hospital built a visually informative, interactive, actionable dashboard using Microsoft’s Power BI software.
DeWitt Hospital remotely installs cloud-based EHR that helps with COVID-19 care

DeWitt Hospital in DeWitt, Arkansas.

By Bill Siwicki 12:14 pm September 10, 2020
The pandemic caused the Arkansas provider to change implementation plans midstream. Now the EHR is an invaluable pandemic tool, and is hooked up to the state HIE.
Telehealth working ‘beyond our wildest dreams’ at Chicago’s Rush

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

By Bill Siwicki 12:39 pm September 09, 2020
On-demand video visits at Rush University Medical Center have earned a Net Promoter score of 89 so far this year, with more than half of them related to concern over coronavirus.
Practice merges telehealth, AI and voice to decrease admin workload

A telemedicine consult at Orlando Internal Medicine.

By Bill Siwicki 12:42 pm September 08, 2020
Orlando Internal Medicine also has increased patient capacity via telemedicine, now seeing 23-25 patients daily after saving 8-12 minutes per visit.
How St. Joseph’s Health reduced fields, time, clicks in Cerner EHR

St. Joseph's Health.

By Bill Siwicki 12:11 pm September 04, 2020
Nurses and a vendor team band together during the patient surge of the pandemic to reduce time spent with the essential clinical dataset and increase time for patients.
With EHR integration, TriHealth gets data flowing smoothly between acute and post-acute care

TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital.

By Bill Siwicki 12:20 pm September 03, 2020
Some 83% of the Ohio health system’s inter-facility EHR transfers using the integration were successful between March and April. There was a 6.7% decrease in readmissions between April and May.
Telehealth helps one provider org overcome rural and pandemic challenges

Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen, Wisconsin.

By Bill Siwicki 11:36 am September 02, 2020
Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center is using FCC award funds to expand its Polycom device-based program to keep patients on schedule with mental health and general care.
Allegheny Health Network team enhances transitional care management
By Bill Siwicki 12:32 pm September 01, 2020
Using care-coordination software, the team now can identify patients requiring transitional calls within 48 hours of discharge and schedule follow-up visits seven to 14 days post-discharge.
How a hardware overhaul made much more telemedicine possible at a small health center

The outpatient building at the Central Kansas Mental Health Center.

By Bill Siwicki 11:28 am August 31, 2020
“We have doubled the number of patients seen on a daily basis because of the telehealth capabilities,” said Central Kansas Mental Health Center’s IT director.

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