New Study Highlights Contributing Factors to Poor Care Coordination

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 21, 2016 at 1:59 PM

A study in a recent issue of the journal Cancer highlights some of the specific factors associated with poor care coordination practices. Care coordination is a complicated process, and there are many areas in which healthcare providers can improve their practices to better serve patients. Lack of communication between physicians and patients is one of the biggest factors leading to inadequate experiences, and because of this researchers are now looking to patients themselves to find ways to improve coordination practices across the industry.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Treatment Plans, Patient Engagement

Precision Medicine and Care Coordination

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

If you are going to be precise with a patient's treatment, you need a close, engaged, one-on-one relationship with the patient, as well as all the data and information to support precision diagnosis, personalized treatment plans and close compliance with those as a patient moves from screening through the end of disease. The last part is where care coordination intersects with precision medicine.

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Topics: health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Treatment Plans, Chronic Care, FHIR

A Bridge to the Human Side of Healthcare: My Father Needs Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 16, 2016 at 6:30 AM

In talking to my father recently about his health, I realized just how important care coordination is to the human side of healthcare. In this case, I’m not talking about the rising need for care coordinators in geriatrics or the highly trained care coordinators and nurse navigators who help oncology patients deal with both the logistical and emotional aspects of their treatment. Rather I’m also talking about what we might call the “human factors” in healthcare, those uniquely personal barriers that can challenge good clinical and business outcomes.

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Topics: patient education, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Treatment Plans

Care Coordination Plus: Increasing the Value with Technology and Treatment Plans

Posted by Gary Winzenread

January 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM

A couple of recent news items highlight how care coordination is especially powerful when combined with strong technology and multi-dimensional treatment plans. In other words, the benefits of care coordination are multiplied when hospital systems use it in the context of other initiatives and as a complement to technology, organization and process changes.

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Topics: ROI, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Technology, Treatment Plans, ACE 2016

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