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Understanding Workload as a Driver of Re-admissions


January 8, 2017 | Dan Nottingham

Becoming a doctor is not easy. And these days, staying a doctor can be just as difficult. The daily demands placed on physicians in nearly every medical and surgical specialty are increasingly linked to a condition known as physician burnout. Unlike stress, physician burnout sufferers are not able to recover during their time off which in turn leads to physical and emotional exhaustion – and unfortunately, this troubling consequence is not rare.

Mingling with the Hospital Leaders of Tomorrow


November 11, 2016 | Ryan Secan, MD, MPH

As a card-carrying member of the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM), I might be biased, but I’m continually impressed by the caliber of people who speak and attend SHM conferences. Our MedAptus team had a wonderful experience at the recent SHM Leadership Academy in Orlando FL. It seems that at most industry events, attendees wander through the exhibit hall, picking up free stuff along the way, and primarily planning out the next session that they’re going to.

It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Nurse


October 20, 2016 | Dan Nottingham

Earlier this month, MedAptus unveiled our vision for our Assign for Nursing solution at the 2016 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference held in Orlando. Also unveiled at event was a new campaign aimed at helping minimize work related injuries for nurses, “Save Our Nurses.” This movement recognizes the sacrifices nurses make every day to care for their patients and also recommends the implementation of changes to protect those who provide care.

Making Efficient, Equitable Assignments in Nursing


October 1, 2016 | Jen Crowley

As MedAptus continues in its quest to intelligently automate the clinical resource assignment process, our interest in the nursing arena has greatly intensified. While a lot of technology exists to aid in the areas of nurse scheduling and shift swapping, there has been little to no focus by technology companies to enhance and expedite the nurse-to-patient assignment process that typically happens three times a day. Spending a lot of time in hospitals myself, I have come to understand that most charge nurses are quite adept in mentally making assignments since they have excellent recall around patient histories, nursing personnel skills and certifications, and also have their finger on the pulse of all-around floor activity.

Physicians and Mobility


September 5, 2016 | Ryan Secan, MD

The release of Apple’s iOS 10 platform yesterday prompted me to reflect back on the last decade of mobile health. It nearly goes without saying, but to set the stage, physicians, technology, and their intersection have clearly come a long way in the last ten years. Over a 5-year period from 2005-2009, I taught a course with some colleagues at the annual ACP meeting to help physicians learn how to use their mobile devices.

Smarter Assignment, Better Experiences


September 5, 2016 | Jen Crowley

Ah, Labor Day… a short work week for many, time to put away the white shoes and for most kids, back to school. As a mom of three kids, I know that one of the most important events leading up to the first day of school is the day when the teacher letters arrive in the mail. This is the envelope every kid feverishly rips open to see who new teacher will be, and then starts the frantic emailing/texting/facebooking to see which friends may or may not be in the same class.

Making Morning Rounds More Patient-Centric


July 22, 2016 | Jen Crowley

I saw an article today summarizing research that found that delayed physician rounding increases postpartum women’s satisfaction with their hospital experience and patient-physician communication...

Webinar: Transform your inpatient assignment


July 15, 2016 | Jen Crowley

If your hospital is like most, you’re doing patient distribution by hand. So someone who should be providing patient care is spending valuable time handling assignment instead. Maybe it’s always been done that way because it seems only an actual person could handle the nuances that go into patient assignment… but that’s not the case…

Issue 2 – From value based medicine adoption to cheap meals


July 1, 2016 | Jen Crowley

It’s the end of the month and time for another look at recent news of interest for inpatient-focused providers. Why Value-Based Care is About Mindset (not Money) Every week, more and more medical practices are transitioning from a fee-for-service model to value-based care...

Issue 1 Volume 1 of Hospitalist Insights


June 16, 2016 | Jen Crowley

A bi-weekly news round-up to update hospitalists and other acute-focused physicians around happenings relevant to their practice. Direct to Consumer Lab Tests Home testing services say they are empowering consumers, allowing them to spot metabolic red flags before they progress to disease...

Care Coordination – The Reality Behind the Buzz


June 3, 2016 | Jen Crowley

These days it seems there are only a handful of healthcare technology companies – population health, analytics, secure communication and care coordination. Or rather, everyone does some or all of it...

Bye bye MU – Hello MACRA


May 20, 2016 | Jen Crowley

Aren’t healthcare acronyms fun? ACA, MU, PQRS, HIPAA, ACO… and most recently, MACRA. Learn it, live it, love it: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Oh wow, an acronym in an acronym! And if you think that is confusing, wait until you to try to decipher and understand how payment reform can simultaneously promote fee-for-service…

The Role of Continuity in the Acute Care Setting


April 22, 2016 | Jen Crowley

There are many frustrating aspects of dealing with a hospitalization, whether you, your child or your parent is the patient. One of the most challenging aspects is the entire lack of control, from having no say on the room location or nurse, to never knowing when there is going to be a knock on the…

Trust me, I’m a doctor


April 8, 2016 | Jen Crowley

When it comes to testimonials, I can be a skeptic. Just the other day I saw a commercial for something (I can’t remember what) where there are two people featured, no names, saying generic things like “XXX is great, I really like it.” As you can tell, the only lasting impression this had on me…

Meet Dan Nottingham, MedAptus Vice President of Product Management


March 18, 2016 | Jen Crowley

MedAptus is thrilled to have recently welcomed a seasoned product management leader to our team. Dan Nottingham brings a wealth of health information technology experience to MedAptus, with proven successes in the areas of mobile computing, secure messaging and staff scheduling. Even more interesting, Dan is a former scientist that has worked in the space…