This October, Equicare Health — in support of the advancement of health information technology (IT) to help improve healthcare — is a proud partner in National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week offers healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health IT brings to US healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”
Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health IT, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
With Meaningful Use now providing the way forward, eligible providers across the country increasingly understand the benefits for themselves and their patients, and are adopting Meaningful Use-compliant electronic health records (EHRs).
Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally-led, market-driven initiative.
The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country and includes National Health IT Week participants — vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups — all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.
Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s activities. Working together with a growing coalition of stakeholders, Equicare is helping to transform healthcare for all.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine outlines 5 lessons for delivering seamless healthcare. “The promise of creating a seamless health care system depends on patient care coordination services that establish a strong relationship with both patients’ medical teams and that share real-time data between inpatient settings and physicians.”
The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education is teaming up with health care providers and other stakeholders, along with survivors, to undertake new cancer survivorship research. Potential topics include the effectiveness of survivorship care plans, survivors’ mental health needs, weakness and fatigue, and pain. Read more
Thanks for joining us at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) West Regional Meeting in Seattle earlier this week. And congratulations to RN Navigator, Robin Munoz, from California Cancer Center who won a FitBit in the Equicare prize draw!
AONN+ is the largest professional organization dedicated to navigation and we were pleased to sponsor this event, which gathered more than 150 nurse and patient navigators from west of the Mississippi. Attendees discussed the advancement of the navigation profession in the changing healthcare system, including:
issues regarding the evolution of the role of navigation in healthcare;
strategies for navigating diverse patient populations by cancer type and environmental factors;
methods for providing patient support and guidance in the age of personalized cancer care;
best practices regarding survivorship and psychosocial care; and
Commission on Cancer (CoC) pillars.
UCLA-based Jacqueline Casillas, MD, MSHS, contributed to the CoC conversation by focusing on the importance of the survivorship care plan in the continuum of care.
“Survivorship care plans help survivors navigate their healthcare needs by serving as their own health advocates,” said Jacqueline. Drawing upon case studies, she demonstrated how people have successfully developed these plans and addressed the needs of diverse patient populations.
At Equicare Health, we recognize the critical importance of patient navigation for improving patient outcomes. Our ECS comprehensive care coordination solution helps Nurse Navigators care for cancer patients from screening to survivorship—including navigation and psychosocial distress screening tools, survivorship care plans, and a secure, user-friendly patient portal.
Thanks to everyone who made HIMSS15 in Chicago a successful event this year! Our first year exhibiting at HIMSS, we joined more than 1,300 exhibitors and 40,000+ attendees for this world-class event focused on major global issues in healthcare—including care coordination, population health management, and optimizing cost efficiencies.
Prominent keynote speakers, including Former President George W. Bush and current National Care Coordinator Dr. Karen DeSalvo, addressed the necessity of patient-focused and cost-effective care, as well as the large-scale impact of developing comprehensive population health management systems.
Steve Lieber, President & CEO of HIMSS, echoed these ideas, noting that organizations must embrace technology as a vital tool for connecting people to the healthcare system and affecting critical change to improve care.
At Equicare, we support these goals in everything we do. EQUICARE CS, our comprehensive care coordination solution, helps organizations improve patient outcomes with better quality care, while increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs. Everyone wins!
It’s been a busy spring at Equicare Health! After attending two workshops at the end of February—Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) Accreditation 101 in Chicago and the UPMC: Cancer Survivorship for Healthcare Providers in Pittsburgh—, the Equicare team had the pleasure of participating in two industry events in March.
We headed to Arlington, VA for ACCC’s 41st Annual Meeting: CANCERSCAPE, where attendees gained insights into the healthcare policy landscape, quality measures and reporting, and the potential for big data to improve care. We were delighted to demonstrate how EQUICARE CS can help cancer centers improve patient care through coordinated navigation, survivorship, distress management and patient engagement programs.
NCBC was a wonderful opportunity to visit with our current customers and make new connections with other medical and industry professionals who are as dedicated as we are to improving breast health care for patients throughout their cancer journey—from diagnosis to treatment and through survivorship.
The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition starts tomorrow in Chicago, showcasing the newest technologies, trends, and solutions in health IT. Equicare will be there—with 38,000 of our closest friends— to demonstrate how we can help cancer centers and hospitals improve patient care and increase revenues. Drop by Booth 3376 to learn how EQUICARE CS can streamline your patient care coordination and help you deliver unparalleled survivorship care. Hope to see you this week!
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