The health care industry is seeing major changes in its acceptance of care coordination, regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act. The inclusion of the case manager in technical plans is often a design afterthought, despite this position’s importance in care transitions programs.
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Why Health Care IT Needs to Focus on Case Manager Communication in EMR Design, Care Transition PlansWednesday, May 2nd, 2012
There have been exciting technical advancements in the last decade in systematic support of targeted education and training. Gone are the days when education was styled on college lectures and end of session exams. Now it seems even passé to reference Computer Based Training (CBT), the darling of association training and certification just 15 years ago. I can recall the technical trainings I received in cramped rooms with enormous PC computers and a frantic facilitator running about rebooting the early versions of Windows.
“What is the right caseload for a case manager to effectively handle?” But of course as any of the seasoned members of Case Management Society of America or National Association of Social Workers might be able to tell you, this is NOT a simple question. Cheri Lattimer the Executive Director of CMSA answers this question ‘Give me an hour and I can tell you a little about caseloads’.
Do you ever wonder what happens with your credit card when a waiter takes it from your table to the back for processing? You would probably be upset if you learned that the waiter left it unattended at the register or made a copy of it before returning it to your table. Now I am not insinuating that waiters are malicious in anyway, but simply making the point that you place your trust in the waiter by handing over your credit card. What do you suppose your members think is done with their credit card information once it is received at your office?
Increasing Functionality without Increasing IT: Cloud Computing and Outsourcing for your AssociationFriday, April 22nd, 2011
I love it when the meanings of common words are redefined by the technology industry. One such word is “Cloud” which still refers to those puffy blobs that float high in the sky periodically dropping precipitation. However, the IT industry now uses it to mean the “Internet.” The word is used everywhere….”In the cloud”, “Cloud Computing”, and “Take it to the cloud” to name a few. What is it and how can your association benefit from it?
With the virtual gaming industry expecting revenues over $1.3 billion in 2012, healthcare organizations and care management professionals have a tremendous opportunity to reach out in new and innovative ways with no geographic boundaries. What’s amazing is that virtual worlds allow staff, patients, and caregivers to interact with other people through self-defined avatars, inspiring creativity and increasing confidence. Going beyond traditional business, how can healthcare organizations effectively utilize virtual worlds?