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    Leveraging the Syndromic Surveillance capabilities of MEDITECH to prevent Sepsis My Personal Inspiration to Prevent HAI When I was eleven years old my Father was hospitalized for complications that were non-life threatening, yet due to a series of unfortunate events peppered with carelessness and lack of enforcing protocols he never did make it back home. He acquired pneumonia from being placed on a ventilator and eventually developed sepsis, which unfortunately is an all too common occurrence.  Hospital associated pneumonia (HAP) occurs in 5-15 out of every 1000 admissions; adding a ventilator increases the odds of infection by 6 to 20% (VAP) and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia is the leading nosocomial infection in the ICU. In American hospitals alone, its estimated that HAIs account for 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year.  Patients who acquire infections from surgery spend, on average,..

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  • 12/07/16--06:00: Our Top 10 Blogs of 2016
  • As 2016 is coming to a close, it’s important to reflect on all that’s been accomplished in the healthcare IT industry. From MACRA rulings, to EHR system updates, Galen will continue to be there for all the changes to come, delivering unique solutions to keep your organization moving forward. We want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season, and invite you to countdown to 2017 with our top 10 blogs of the year: 10. #IAmGalen: Erin Sain, Chief Operating Officer #IAmGalen with our COO, Erin Sain! She’s been here from the beginning and has been a HUGE part of making Galen what it is today “I think I was employee #8 on the books. I wasn’t sure what I was actually getting myself into, but what a ride it’s been!” Not everyone has the ability to sit down and chat with..

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  • 05/01/17--08:01: MUSE 2017
  • "Great things happen when people come together" MEDITECH’s annual International MUSE (Medical Users Software Exchange) Conference is happening May 30 – June 2 in Dallas, Texas. At MUSE 2017 you’ll find education focused on today’s most pressing MEDITECH topics, the newest products and services in the exhibit hall and unparalleled networking opportunities around every turn. MUSE strives to offer education and networking that attendees cannot access anywhere else, including current hot topics presented by your peers. This year, Galen is debuting a new project we’ve been working on. It began as an education session on the MEDITECH 6.x Rules but quickly turned into a concentrated collaboration between Galen and a Focus Group of nine MEDITECH hospitals looking to fill gaps in clinical workflow. We called our effort NerdyWork. The input from our Focus Group allowed us to develop Project Claire[IT] which is a deliverable package..

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    I’ve Got 999 Problems but Rules Ain’t One During my time at MEDITECH I worked for a small, elite team that solely focused on clinical optimization, referred to as SWAT. While on the team I learned what to look for during an optimization and how to come up with unique ways to solve complex problems.  I got into MEDITECH rule writing because it opened up endless possibilities to enhance the system. Our team made a huge impact at the small amount of hospitals we worked at, saving them millions of dollars in lost revenue, reducing redundancies, and increasing end user and patient satisfaction. When I became Galen’s Principal Consultant for the MEDITECH vertical I knew this was my chance to work with the MEDITECH community on improving the quality of their daily workflow: Reduce Clicks. Save Time. Increase Revenue. Be Better. When..

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  • 06/12/17--09:40: Recapping 2017 MUSE
  • Two weeks ago, Galen attended the 2017 International MUSE conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Dallas, TX. As always there was a lot of anticipation and excitement leading up the 2017 MUSE, and it did not disappoint! Below are the stats from last years conference, you can see why their tagline “Great things happen when people come together,” is so relevant—the educational presentations and networking are huge! Principal Consultant, Kelly Del Gaudio presented on Thursday of the conference with Cathy Alvarez from Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Their presentation was entitled Operation NerdyWork: A MEDITECH Rules Revolution, and focused on Project Claire[IT] and optimizing the MEDITECH system with rules. We had a great turnout and a diverse group there, some hospitals we knew and many we were meeting for the first time. A woman even came to..

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    Have you heard about our MEDITECH Rules Revolution & Project Claire[IT]? We recently held a webinar hosted by the MUSE Virtual Product Showcase entitled “Operation Nerdywork: A MEDITECH RULES REVOLUTION”, Principal Consultant, Kelly Del Gaudio co-presented with Cathy Alvarez from Uvalde Memorial Hospital. We originally presented at 2017 MUSE where we had the most well-attended product showcase webinar in MUSE history! Because of this we decided to hold a remote version for all those who weren’t able to attend! The webinar covers everything, from our MEDITECH Focus Group, Project Claire[IT], to optimizing the MEDITECH system with rules and intuitive workflow design. If you weren’t able to attend either presentation but are interested in learning more, read on, we have plenty to share! View the recorded webinar here Q&A Q: Is this focus group a continuing thing or was it specific just to this project? If..

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    We had such a great time attending this year’s MEDITECH CIO forum! Within the first few minutes of the opening remarks, Joel Benware, CIO of Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, VT had everyone stand up, shake hands and “meet someone new today.”  I thought this set the tone for the entire conference since I walked away in awe of how many truly inspiring people I was able to connect with in just two short days. The keynote continued to surprise me as we heard personal stories from Jennifer McKay, MD and MIO of Avera Health and Howard Messing, CEO of MEDITECH. Hearing their thoughts on watching their loved ones with disease and disabilities journey through the healthcare system, and the challenges they face from the other side of the fence, was touching and inspiring. Some may have been wondering..

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    Lima Memorial Health System was founded in 1899 as Lima City Hospital by the citizens of the Lima, Ohio community. The hospital is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 1,500 employees, and 25 facilities in their 10-county service area in the region. Lima’s CIO, Mathew Gaug, works hard to ensure that technology enables a convenient, efficient and high-quality experience to that same patient community that was originally responsible for the founding of the organization. Like many other healthcare delivery organizations, Lima Memorial is challenged with a non-integrated ambulatory EHR and EMR. As such, driven by its physician community, it is pursuing adoption of Meditech’s web-based ambulatory product to replace eCW. Ultimately, this will offer a streamlined solution to improve provider efficiency and consequently, patient experience, while providing a foundation for additional patient engagement and telehealth services to be offered...

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  • 09/13/18--08:19: Defining Health IT: MUMPS
  • MUMPS, or Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi- Programming System, also called M, is a general-purpose computer programming language that provides ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, and Durable) transaction processing.

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    The HIT Like a Girl podcast is a space for ladies working in health IT to speak their mind, share their ideas, and boast a little about their accomplishments and contributions, interruption-free. In this episode, Kelly Del Gaudio, Principal Consultant, is interviewed by the HIT Like a Girl team of Joy Rios and Robin Roberts, and advises women looking for careers in #healthIT to find their professional cheerleaders.

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