Connected Health – A Great Idea Searching for Reality

Two of the frequently heard buzz words in health care are “Connected Health”. Defined as the use of technology to facilitate the efficient and effective collection, flow and use of health information, the scope of “connected health” can cut across providers, payers, patients, and family and friend caregivers. A noble goal that can have significant […]

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LEAN Healthcare: Adapt Business Technology to Health Care

Sometimes it’s easy to drink your own Kool-Aid®. In the case of Optimium Health, we believe problems with healthcare coordination inside hospitals are so bad that the pathway to corrective action and proven technology solutions must obvious to everyone. While many health systems recognize the problems they choose to believe EHR’s are the Holy Grail. […]

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LEAN Healthcare: Clinicians Agree, EHR’s Should Incorporate Workflow Checklists

Boston Physician Atul Gawande wrote The Checklist Manifesto in 2009 stressing that medicine should adopt “pilot’s checklists” to ensure that operating room teams are “ready for takeoff” before a scalpel is ever opened. in other words, incorporate workflow into IT software. The manifesto was written just before the electronic health record (EHR) mandate came into […]

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Hospital Wait Time Woes & Air Traffic Control

Unfortunately, hospital wait time woes are a common source of frustration for patients and their families. A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Sanjeev Agrawal, a health services specialist, draws an insightful comparison between healthcare in 2016 and air traffic control in the 1980’s. The article’s premise is that while the service area (hospitals, airports […]

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OHI Named A Finalist in Chesapeake Regional Tech Council 2016 Awards

OHI Named Finalist for Tech Award 2016 has started with a great deal of buzz around Optimium Health (OHI).In March, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) named OHI a finalist in the women in technology award category. The CRTC awards recognize top-performing and high-growth technology companies in the Baltimore-Washington region. Finalists were selected from more […]

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LEAN Healthcare: Now That The Dust Has Settled…

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently issued an RFI focused on IT solutions for perioperative workflow. In the aftermath of EHR implementations, hospitals are facing the harsh realization that, following great expense and organizational pain, EHR’s actually add to the complexity of clinical workflow. This is evidenced by lower patient throughput and increased costs. Thus, […]

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Low Hanging Fruit Is Lying On the Ground

OHI started following “The Health Care Blog” (THCB) which the Wall Street Journal considers the leading online forum covering the business of healthcare and the new ideas that are changing the health care industry. THCB is read by a daily audience of 4,000 – 5,000 healthcare professionals across a spectrum of roles. These include executives […]

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