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Critical Thinking: Strengthening Your Muscles

By Cynthia Hood  |  11 October 2017

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Critical thinking is a skill like any other. It is the ability to focus on an issue, examine all possible and potential solutions, determine the probable impact each solution may create and make a decision accordingly. Compare it to a muscle. The more it is used, the stronger it becomes.

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Organizational Cultures are Fragile

By Cynthia Hood  |  06 September 2017

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It can take a great deal of investment and time to create a positive and supportive organizational culture. It takes a short time to destroy it.

The expectation that an organizational culture can be developed quickly is usually proven false. Demonstrating that the past will no longer be the practice and getting complete buy-in is a progressive process.

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What Makes a Retirement Home Successful?

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 July 2017

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The Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) will become the largest senior population in history. They will live longer and be healthier than any seniors in the past. They are accustomed to a specific lifestyle, unwilling to forfeit it and able to purchase what they need to remain as independent as possible. So what makes a retirement home successful in this highly competitive market?
 

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MED e-care Simple Migration

By Cynthia Hood  |  08 April 2015

Care Facilities are often concerned about the potential disruption that can be caused by changing their clinical system. However, when a practice migrates to MED e-care they can be confident that we will do everything it possibly can to make the migration process as easy as possible.

Based on the experience gained from installing many systems, we will make sure your migration is expertly managed and disruption is minimized. Every system migration includes:

 

  • Full project management
  • Pre-installation checks to make sure there are no last minute surprises
  • Trial data conversions to check the quality of the converted data
  • Minimal down time
  • A carefully planned training programme

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How to Implement EHRs in Your Care Facility / Comment mettre en œuvre des dossiers de santé électronique (DSE) dans votre établissement de soins de santé

By Cynthia Hood  |  05 March 2014

 

EHRstep1After you have decided upon selection criteria for a new EHR system, you should take some time to prepare your staff and environment. In the process of implementation, you should determine whether or not your organization is prepared to make the change to an electronic platform from paper based records systems. Whether you are newly switching to electronic health records or merely transferring to a newer version, preparation is a necessary step. There are many reasons for your care facility to implement EHRs. This all important step of implementing an electronic system will help you understand what does and does not work for your home.

 

Assessing your current care process

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EHR Implementation: How to Train Your Staff

By Cynthia Hood  |  27 February 2014

ehr_trainingWhen introducing new systems like EHR, you may face some resistance from your staff. Transitioning from a paper based record system to an electronic one is not always easy and requires a little effort. Introducing a new health record system for physicians and nurses should ideally be combined with proper training for the staff. Special training to adapt to EHR is not just helpful, but often necessary to ensure that your home adopts the new system to its fullest extent. With a planned training process in place, you can reduce errors, setbacks, employee turnover as well as other problems and facilitate a smooth change from paper to EHR.

 

Here are a few simple strategies you can adopt to make the best of your training program:

 

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How Does an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System Boost Productivity?

By Cynthia Hood  |  29 January 2014

 

ehrOwing to the ever-increasing influence of technology in most everyday processes, electronic media are becoming more widely used every day. Within the medical sector, many physicians are choosing to transfer from paper-based record keeping systems to EHRs. Apart from being indestructible and easy to manage, there are many other advantages to EHR systems that make them capable of boosting productivity and accuracy in record-keeping. Some of the most significant benefits of choosing electronic records over paper include the minimization of human error as well as a more cost-effective approach to data management.

 

EHRs and Productivity

Compared to paper records, EHRs are significantly faster, more accurate and can be accessed from virtually anywhere, provided there is internet access. When you train your staff to handle EHR systems, the expectation is to have them working more efficiently. EHR systems come with a wide range of features that can help streamline certain processes such as care documentation, medication administration and recording of financial data. They can also make physician and staff workflows more efficient by reducing costs for transcriptions through their speech recognition capabilities.

 

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The New Care Plan for Retirement Homes

By Cynthia Hood  |  06 January 2014

rhraIn 2010 the Retirement Home Regulation Act (RHRA) launched a totally new concept – documented care plans for Residents of retirement communities.

 

This is not to say that care planning was not being performed within retirement homes – far from it. However, variances in care practice, within multi-site organizations, and certainly among independent organizations were likely common occurrences. So the RHRA 2010 focused on defining, standardizing and improving the level of care.

 

With this aim in mind, the benefits would be two-fold: an improvement for the standard of care within retirement communities and a venue for Residents to participate in decision-making for their own care. A win-win for both.

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eMAR Advantages in a Nutshell

By Cynthia Hood  |  30 December 2013

emar-tabletThe electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) is a software designed to replace paper based MARs. When eMAR is used, it becomes possible for healthcare facilities to get rid of a number of paper centric processes, like the monthly reconciliation of physician order sheets decreasing costs by decreasing staff workloads. It can also lessen adverse drug events linked with errors in transcription. In addition to improved finances and workflows, the number one benefit for implementing eMAR is improved Resident safety.

 

Advantages of eMAR

 

In a paper centric MAR environment, nurses generally utilize a medication cart and a big book of paper MARs to complete each MED pass. In contrast, when they use eMAR, nurses utilize a thin client computer or laptop on the cart for recording the Medication Administration information.

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eMAR and the Resident - Ensuring Quality Care / eFAM et le Résident – Assurer des soins de qualité

By Cynthia Hood  |  23 December 2013

resident-care Today’s healthcare facilities are adopting electronic Medication Administration (eMAR) technology to enhance the efficiency of the MED pass and the safety of their Residents. This work flow management system replaces the error-prone and inefficient paper centric MAR process.

 

The eMAR solution was designed with active collaboration together with healthcare facilities and pharmacies. This technology is easy to use, facilitates accuracy in the administration of medication and helps to lessen the probability of human error. eMAR drives efficiencies resulting in superior Resident care.

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