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.

Telehealth keeps I/DD patients close with their docs during pandemic

Jackie Fahey, director of clinic services at The Arc Madison Cortland in Oneida, New York.

By Bill Siwicki 11:44 am August 28, 2020
The Arc Madison Cortland is using virtual care to connect intellectual/developmental disability patients with providers who understand the nuances of that dual diagnosis.
What one provider learned from other athenahealth users about EHRs, telehealth

Whole Life Health Care in Newington, New Hampshire.

By Bill Siwicki 12:19 pm August 27, 2020
Whole Life Health Care uses the vendor’s Success Community platform to get best practices on technology and pandemic care to meet the excessive demands of the COVID-19 era.

Nevada's vast geography makes conventionally delivered therapy a tremendous challenge. COVID-19 makes that challenge that much more difficult.

By Bill Siwicki 11:41 am August 26, 2020
Nevada is No. 51 in the nation for providing behavioral health services. Spurred by COVID-19 and using FCC telemedicine funds, Bridge Counseling is working to change that.
NYC elder care org using FCC funds for telehealth to protect senior patients from COVID-19

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, New York.

By Bill Siwicki 11:10 am August 25, 2020
The government grant will help strengthen Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation’s resources with more laptops, mobile devices and remote patient monitoring strategies so doctors can monitor patients from anywhere.
By Bill Siwicki 11:20 am August 21, 2020
That was just one discovery made by MEBS Counseling when COVID-19 accelerated its plans to add telemedicine. Today it’s seeing close to its normal volume of patients with telehealth alone.
L.A. health center reduces no-shows, fills empty slots via text messaging

Universal Community Health Center in South L.A.

By Bill Siwicki 12:34 pm August 20, 2020
With new reminder texts in place, the Universal Community Health Center had a drop in no-shows between 5-7% and saw a decrease in empty slots of about 10%.

AccessHealth's mobile unit.

By Bill Siwicki 11:54 am August 19, 2020
The health system, which focuses on underserved patients, has boosted its clinical quality measures with telehealth, too.
How one 500-doc physicians group scaled up telehealth to 130 clinics in a week
By Bill Siwicki 11:47 am August 14, 2020
From March 23 through July 20, Florida’s Millennium Physician Group has performed more than 90,000 telemedicine encounters – more than 30% of its total visits.
At Rush, patient engagement suite increases pandemic-era rounds by 247%

Rush University Medical Center.

By Bill Siwicki 11:10 am August 13, 2020
And Rush University Medical Center’s digital tools reduced the strain of avoidable readmissions and ED recidivism when resources already were at capacity.
Telehealth boosts mental health patient engagement, care plan compliance

New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, Bronx Facility.

By Bill Siwicki 11:52 am August 12, 2020
Within just days of the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center transformed 95% of its care to telemedicine.

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