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.

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.
At Health First, preregistration tech streamlines processes and boosts collections

Health First Medical Group.

By Bill Siwicki 11:58 am August 11, 2020
The Florida provider organization sees 56% of registrations completed by patients as it continues screening for patients at risk for COVID-19.
From 500 monthly telehealth visits to 19,000

McLaren Health Care corporate headquarters in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

By Bill Siwicki 11:56 am August 10, 2020
Michigan’s McLaren Health Care’s telehealth sites have jumped from 40 to 275 during the pandemic. It has used FCC award funds to expand its telemedicine offerings.
How to switch from phone to video telehealth on a limited budget

The Institute for Family Health’s Family Health Center of Harlem.

By Bill Siwicki 12:07 pm August 07, 2020
The Institute for Family Health was mostly using telephone consults during COVID-19’s peak in New York. Now it’s going on a tech shopping spree to better care for patients – and boost revenue.
Reading Hospital extracts powerful results from SDOH tech/Epic EHR combo
By Bill Siwicki 10:55 am August 06, 2020
9,000 community referral summaries have been generated for positively screened patients; 6,000 referrals to community service agencies have been created for high-risk screened patients.
Greene County General quickly transitions school telehealth to countywide program

Lisa Bredeweg conducting a telehealth visit at Greene County General Hospital’s My Linton Clinic.

By Bill Siwicki 11:47 am August 05, 2020
The pandemic forced the change, which it adeptly handled. Now it’s using FCC award funds to purchase additional telemedicine technology.
Lifestyle Medical’s RPM program shows improved outcomes during pandemic

Lifestyle Medical Founder Dr. Wayne Dysinger and one of his patients in one of the practice’s unusual consulting rooms.

By Bill Siwicki 11:56 am August 04, 2020
Not only have the practice’s patients’ chronic health problems improved, but those patients stayed connected during COVID-19’s stay-at-home orders.
Epic EHR-linked telehealth skyrockets at Children’s Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

By Bill Siwicki 12:28 pm August 03, 2020
To protect kids, families and staff during the pandemic, the organization expanded telemedicine offerings, supporting a 5,500% growth in virtual visits in less than a month.
Advanced analytics align nursing resources more accurately

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

By Bill Siwicki 11:34 am July 31, 2020
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, with the efficiency gained through Cerner EHR-linked analytics, has reduced the time spent aligning daily staffing by 70 hours per week.

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