CMOs: 3 Ways to Look Before Taking the mHealth Plunge

1At Vanguard Health Systems, our vision for mobility is focused on streamlining and optimizing workflow, consistently advancing best practices and ultimately achieving measurable outcomes improvement across the full care continuum.

We first dipped our toes into the mHealth waters some seven years ago by implementing mobile patient monitoring in labor and delivery  in one of our markets. mHealth enabled safer, more effective maternal-fetal care and was well-received by our physicians. In a number of cases, obstetricians are using mobile devices to intervene successfully in a patient’s care from remote locations.

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The Heart of Mobility – Where Minutes Matter Most

Clock-ticking-300x199Montefiore Medical Center is a pioneer when it comes to adopting technologies that enhance the quality of care. We were among the first healthcare systems to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in the early ‘90s. As an integrated healthcare delivery network operating from the Bronx, New York, Montefiore’s services span four campuses and more than 130 delivery locations. This means our physicians travel across sites and require access to information while working remotely. Today, as we continue to stay ahead of the technology curve, the natural next step is to adopt mobility solutions, including in our mission-critical cardiology services.

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Taking the Pulse of Cardiovascular Services

Measuring blood pressureMobility is making an impact on cardiovascular services – ranging from expedited STEMI care pathways to readmission reductions for congestive heart failure (CHF) and intermittent dysrhythmias. Taking a step back to reflect on the state of the cardiovascular service line at large illustrates some key pressures that health systems are experiencing and why mobile technology solutions are taking off in this area. Continue reading

Getting at the Heart of Readmissions

heartbeat-thumb-550xauto-83375I will always stay true to my belief that health systems need to take an enterprise-wide approach to mobility. But at the same time, I’m often asked by hospitals CEOs and CIOs how they should prioritize mobility when it comes to different care areas. My first answer is to look at your current challenges and strategic initiatives, and then ask how mobility can help you to get there.  While I always emphasize the benefit of mobility across all departments, cardiology is where I see the potential for mobility to make the most immediate impact – especially when it comes to improving outcomes and reducing readmissions. Continue reading