Bill Siwicki

Bill Siwicki is Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News. Bill has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, with more than 16 years in healthcare IT and healthcare finance along with extensive expertise in mobile technology.

Specialty-specific EHR enables urgent care group to slash patient throughput time
By Bill Siwicki 03:02 pm April 09, 2019
Among other improvements, the EHR and other systems in the suite enabled Yucaipa Urgent Care to cut patient throughput time from two hours to 30-45 minutes.
Pine Belt Dermatology grows patient volume by 40% with marketing software
By Bill Siwicki 02:56 pm April 08, 2019
Further, in part thanks to the software and savvy use of search engine optimization, the five-location group practice grew gross revenue by 32 percent.
Epic, Cerner and others reveal just how their EHRs are interoperable
By Bill Siwicki 12:02 pm April 05, 2019
The companies also advise healthcare CIOs on some key interoperability questions to ask any EHR vendor when considering a purchase.
Implementation best practices: Building relationships with consultants
By Bill Siwicki 03:02 pm April 04, 2019
Three experts on health IT consulting offer healthcare CIOs and other leaders key advice on how best to start a relationship with an outside consultant – and keep it going.
Providence St. Joseph boosts physician, patient satisfaction with Epic interoperability tool
By Bill Siwicki 02:42 pm April 02, 2019
Case study: The EHR vendor's Happy Together technology enables the health system to incorporate data from patient portals from other healthcare organizations into its MyChart portal.
Cerner EHR alert helps Missouri provider reduce blood transfusion rate, save $1 million
By Bill Siwicki 02:42 pm April 01, 2019
Blood is a precious commodity nationwide, and often wasted. At University of Missouri Health Care, the mean red blood cell transfusion rate is now 22.4 percent below the original baseline rate. The medical director of transfusion services explains how that was accomplished.
Nebraska Medicine links voice technology to Epic EHR, boosts physician performance

The main campus of the Nebraska Medicine health system.

By Bill Siwicki 12:46 pm March 29, 2019
Since implementing a suite of Nuance voice recognition tools, the health system has seen a 23 percent reduction in transcription costs and 71 percent of users reporting that the quality of their documentation has improved significantly.
Telepsychiatry saves east Texas hospitals $18 million over 7 years

The Burke Mental Health Emergency Center.

By Bill Siwicki 01:33 pm March 28, 2019
The creation of the Burke Mental Health Emergency Center, which focuses on telemedicine, gives rural healthcare organizations and law enforcement new choices where few used to exist.
Implementation best practices: Clinical communication in the spotlight
By Bill Siwicki 04:45 pm March 27, 2019
Three experts offer suggestions and tips for healthcare CIOs working with clinical communications hardware and software.
Real-time location systems save Wake Forest Baptist $3.5M
By Bill Siwicki 02:35 pm March 26, 2019
The health system saved money by avoiding equipment purchases and reducing rental expenses; RTLS also saved it $300,000 and more than 10,000 staff hours annually.

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