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“Clinical” posts

#ClinicalClarity

Epic is just a piece of what you’re doing, and isn’t it about time you worked with someone who understood that? Bluetree is unique in that our solutions team also has experience in the real world and knows how to navigate your organization’s unique structure and challenges. We also know that you’re busy, so here are just a couple of hashtags to give you an idea of what we’re about and how we can help!

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5 ways to transform ambulatory workflow

An Epic implementation has many moving parts and organizations are often breathing sighs of relief if their offices are live and above water. But there are common areas of frustration that stick around after the initial go-live that rear their confusing heads months or years after and receive little attention. Is it because certain issues are too daunting to think about? Is it because there is confusion about what the best workflow should be? Is it because the inconsistency doesn’t seem to be stopping workflow, just making it frustrating?

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6 ways to take back your medical practice

When implemented carefully, with scalability at top of mind, providers can take back their practice. Read on for my six ‘no rocket science required’ steps for taking back your medical practice.

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Are you becoming a more consumer-centric organization?

You’ve all experienced, one way or another, patients demanding change in how they receive healthcare. Is that what’s happening? Or were patients always asking for healthcare services where and when it is convenient for them and you’ve just started listening and responding?

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Best practices for clinical optimization sprints

A Clinical Optimization Sprint is a method used by live Epic organizations struggling with inefficiencies resulting in loss of productivity and provider unhappiness. For two weeks, a three-person team (trainer, analyst, informatics) goes clinical unit-to-unit, focusing on quick ways to improve workflows, increase efficiency and help providers get back to basics.

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Don’t Feel Blue, Learning a Foreign Language is Hard

In my first years at Epic—before the Foundation System (FKA Model System)—we installed EpicCare Ambulatory under a process early adopters will fondly remember as DBV’s: Design, Build, Validate. Without having any build from which to start, we worked closely with the analysts, physicians, and other clinical providers to design workflow and content that meshed with each clinic. It was a true partnership. Of course, that sort of relationship takes a lot of time. And work. And money.

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Is data the key to population health success?

In a recent blog, Pavel discussed data’s critical role in negotiating risk-based contracts. Data, in all areas of health care, has become the needle in our compass. But especially with population health. Data analytics can help us understand where we are, how we got there, and how to reach our goals. As hospitals and providers are increasingly evaluated on performance and outcomes, access to data is critical...

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Part I - A Q&A on Share Everywhere with Stephen Beck

With news of Epic’s Share Everywhere making its rounds in the past couple of months, Bluetree Network’s Ryan Hill sat down with colleague Stephen Beck, our Director of Physician Services, to assess the news’ impact, what patients and providers can expect with the changes, and the long-term implications of such an initiative.

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Part II - A Q&A on Share Everywhere with Stephen Beck

We’re back for Part II. In Part I, Dr. Beck discussed the overall impact of Share Everywhere, how it will likely free up time for administrators and physicians, and data integration. Today, he’ll offer up his take on topics such as discrete data and population health.

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The Brain: Key things to consider when implementing or optimizing

I talked to several people following UGM 2018 and from a nursing perspective, the updates to Rover and introduction of the Brain seem to be the two things that caught most people’s attention. When implementing or optimizing, here are a few things to consider.

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Using Agile concepts to improve task management

Bluetree recently met with a client whose Willow team was struggling to connect with their users in the pharmacy. Because of this, the pharmacy had several outstanding initiatives that weren’t receiving the attention they required. Bluetree decided to examine their existing methods of communication. After some analysis, we determined that there were several factors contributing to their issues.

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Week 1: The five major roadblocks to clinical optimization

Optimization. It’s become one of the most dreaded buzzwords in the clinical applications arena. Hundreds of hours and seemingly endless effort can go into implementing functionality that clinicians won’t help you design, training resistant users on new workflows that they don’t want to learn, and juggling competing priorities. It might seem as though nothing gets done with the care and attention it deserves. Fortunately, we’ve been around this block before, and we’re here to help.

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Week 2: The five major roadblocks to clinical optimization

In week two, we'll discuss how to build a successful relationship between IT and operations. You might see them as demanding doctors who won’t listen to reason. They might see you as instituting unnecessary roadblocks in order to avoid doing what needs to be done...

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Week 4: The five major roadblocks to clinical optimization

Last week, we talked about getting a solid start by optimizing your existing workflows. Now you can bring out the big guns and start implementing new functionality! Here are the roadblocks you’ve likely run into in the past. We’ll also show you how to make it stick this time around...

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Week 5: The five roadblocks to clinical optimization

Optimization is not a one-time effort: it continues as long as your systems are live. A constantly changing IT landscape can make that difficult, but being aware of these barriers (and strategies to circumvent them) before kicking off your project can set you up for success.

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What to watch for with Bluetree in 2018

Bluetree Network’s Brand Ambassador and Events Coordinator, Ryan Hill, sat down with Bluetree’s VP of Solutions, Wayne Achterberg, to talk about the transition year that was 2017, and what folks should be on the lookout for in 2018.

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