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 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.
Central Maine Healthcare’s telehealth program succeeds in satisfaction and call completion.

Central Maine Medical Center.

By Bill Siwicki 09:10 am September 16, 2020
The health system is using a $270,000 FCC award to bolster its telemedicine offering, which has been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AI-powered patient communication tools help one orthopedic practice save $405,000

Direct Orthopedic Care, Addison, Texas.

By Bill Siwicki 11:50 am September 15, 2020
Direct Orthopedic Care reduced no-shows by 45% and slashed outbound manual calls by 72%. Here’s how its virtual assistant Holly helped out.
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.

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