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.

CIO experiences burnout, places hand to forehead
By Bill Siwicki 01:33 pm September 28, 2020
For the latest in our series on burnout during the age of COVID-19, six hospital chief information officers discuss the daily stressors that push them toward exhaustion – and describe the strategies they use to manage their workloads.
Nurse wearing PPE and communications badge

A nurse wearing the hands-free communication badge underneath full personal protective equipment.

By Bill Siwicki 12:47 pm September 25, 2020
Throughout the pandemic, the facility has outfitted staff with voice-activated comm badges that keep staff in a room to a minimum and reduce the need to change personal protective equipment.
By Bill Siwicki 12:01 pm September 24, 2020
The Oregon coordinated care organization lines up care plans, goals and tasks to keep care teams and members on track and on the same page.
A telemedicine session via laptop
By Bill Siwicki 12:09 pm September 23, 2020
As it switched to telemedicine for the pandemic, the clinically integrated network prioritized patient engagement to smooth the process and capitalize on the promise of virtual care.
Nurses feeling burnout symptoms, but EHRs not a major factor, says KLAS
By Bill Siwicki 11:33 am September 23, 2020
In its Nurse Burnout 2020 report, KLAS’ provider-led Arch Collaborative finds that one in four nurses are feeling stress and exhaustion – but shows that time-consuming tasks and lack of teamwork are more to blame than IT challenges.
Room management tool boosts patient visits and revenue at clinic
By Bill Siwicki 11:42 am September 22, 2020
The Kirklin Clinic of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which sees 50,000 patients a year, went from a not-so-helpful Excel sheet to efficient, IT-driven processes.
Pandemic-era burnout: One consumer’s tiring, tech-enabled journey to find memory care for a parent

My mom settles in to the memory care facility as my husband finishes unpacking on move-in day.

By Bill Siwicki 12:21 pm September 21, 2020
The first in a new feature story series on burnout in healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis, this personal essay shows how healthcare consumers – just like clinicians, CIOs, vendor employees and others – are being worn down by the demands of distance and disruption, but also being helped by technology.
Telehealth boosts continuity of care, patient-provider relationships at Ellis Medicine

Ellis Medicine’s Medical Center of Clifton Park

By Bill Siwicki 11:49 am September 21, 2020
From March through August, the community hospital and its clinics have conducted 6,929 video visits and 11,401 telephone visits through its new telemedicine platform.
At RWJBarnabas Health, EHR user experience tool helps reduce clinician burden

RWJBarnabas Health.

By Bill Siwicki 11:46 am September 18, 2020
Its Cerner EHR is now able to anticipate the most relevant information to display to the clinician to deliver a better experience, increase their productivity and reduce burnout.
Using mental health software, practice reduces depression for 59% of patients

The mental health and pain health IT used by Commonwealth Pain & Spine.

By Bill Siwicki 12:14 pm September 17, 2020
At Commonwealth Pain & Spine, patients completed more than 3,400 assessments in 90 days and an average of 34 activities per patient in the first month.

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