And four more news items for hospital leaders, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to peruse this week
- To grow, improve, and operate with a sense of purpose, it is crucial for medical practices to foster a shared organizational vision and ensure all staff members are aware of the desired direction, as conveyed in a Diagnostic Imaging post published late last month. In addition to developing a shared vision, physicians and/or practice managers may choose to create a formal worksheet that indicates in broad or specific terms where they see the practice going.
- HIMSS Analytics’ 9th Annual Outpatient Practice Management and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Solutions Essentials Brief reveals that as of this year, EHR implementation is virtually universal in hospital-owned outpatient practices, as reported by EHRIntelligence.com. Based on the research, more than 90 percent of these facilities use a live, functioning system, which is 20 percent higher than EHR use rates at independently owned practices.
- Solo and group practice managers interested in information on engaging, informing, and inspiring patients online can find eight excellent tips to promote medical practices through Facebook and other social media sites from Marketing Land. Among columnist Will Scott’s suggestions: Develop a consistent voice, connect with your audience on their time, highlight community service, and analyze your results.
- Healthcare performance improvement company Vizient, Inc. has released its July 2017 Drug Price Forecast, which provides health system executives and pharmacy leaders with the latest info and insights on issues driving pricing and practice changes in the pharmaceutical industry. The firm predicts health systems can anticipate a 7.61 percent rise in price for pharmaceuticals purchased from January 1 to December 31, 2018, according to a Business Wire press release.
- In a recent FierceHealthcare article, Kate Hilton, JD, discusses how one healthcare leader employed four strategies from Leadership and Organizing for Change—a course she teaches at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement—to utilize existing resources to restructure services. Moreover, Hilton highlights how the unique set of skills gleaned from the course can make transformations possible, profound, and enjoyable for facility decision makers and their teams.