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The Executive’s Guide to Electronic Health Records

Smaltz DH, Berner ES. The Executive’s Guide to Electronic Health Records Chicago; Health Administration Press, 2006, 76 pages, including glossary Overview:  This book provides valuable guidance on choosing essential components of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and selecting, purchasing, and implementing the systems necessary for adoption by healthcare professionals.  An EHR is a large-scale organizational […]

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Creating Sustainable Physician-Hospital Strategies

Before reviewing Jay Warden’s new book, Creating Sustainable Physician-Hospital Strategies (Chicago: Health Administration Press), I need to disclose that the author cited the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) at Santa Barbara Cottage Health System as a model for physician-hospital collaboration (p.61-63). I facilitated that project in 2003 and attended a MAP meeting there two weeks ago, […]

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The Necessary Revolution

I want to bring to your attention a summary of a new book, The Necessary Revolution, by Senge et al. The title derives from the authors’ belief we must implement revolutionary changes rather than incremental-ism to improve the way we work and live.  They use examples such as Northern Sweden’s global villages that cut energy use 80% […]

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Patient Handoffs: Effectively Managing Care Transitions

Readers wanting to stay on top of new developments and improve patient care will enjoy reading Patient Handoffs: Effectively Managing Care Transitions (Frontiers of Health Services Management 25(3). Chicago: Health Administration Press).  I learned that 17.6% of Medicare hospital admissions are readmissions, that acccount for $15 billion in annual expenditures.  Furthermore, 80% of these readmissions […]

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10 Powerful Ideas for Improving Patient Care

Bisognano, Maureen and Conway, James. 2008. : Book 4. Chicago . Health Administration Press. The chapter that I particularly enjoyed was “Use Patient Navigation,” where they cited the work of an oncologic surgeon, Dr. Harold Freeman, with patient navigators at Harlem Hospital.  Patient navigators are knowledgeable healthcare professionals or volunteers who help cancer patients through […]

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Leading Healthcare Cultures: How Human Capital Drives Financial Performance

I opened the cover of Tom Atchison’s and Greg Carlson’s new book, Leading Healthcare Cultures, (Atchison TA, Carlson G. 2009. Chicago. Health Administration Press) with the excitement of a 6 year-old child unwrapping holiday presents.  Objectivity aside, Tom is a cherished mentor, with over 30 years of experience in physician-hospital relations, who is a master in […]

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How Doctors Think

Dr. Jerome Groopman’s recent book, How Doctors Think, (2007, Houghton Mifflin Company) applies not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to physicians’ ability to work more interdependently.  He wrote that people can be true partners with physicians when they know how physicians think and what thinking errors they make. Dr. Groopman feels that three types of […]

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Inside the Physician Mind: Finding Common Ground with Doctors

I heartily recommend that you read Inside the Physician Mind: Finding Common Ground with Doctors by Dr. Joseph Bujak (2008, Chicago. Health Administration Press.), a physician executive and ACHE faculty member from Idaho.  In his new book, Dr. Bujak distills a lifetime of experience into 127 pages of practical insight. The central point he makes is […]

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