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Reopening and Recovery: 5 Strategic Priorities for Health Systems Post-COVID-19

As health systems begin the process of “re-opening,” there are several operational dilemmas that need to be addressed immediately:
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Clinical Variation Insight: Palliative Care Consults

Building on the previous entry, “Palliative Care: a Data Scientists' Perspective , I am pleased to release this more in-depth view into the purpose and methodology of one of Agathos' palliative care insights: the rate at which hospitalists order palliative care consults for[…]
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Palliative Care: a Data Scientist's Perspective

Palliative care, the delivery of comfort care measures to severely ill patients, has had a complex and often fraught history within the modern healthcare delivery system. While there appears to have been a swing in the recent years towards valuing palliative care, there is[…]
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Trends in Emergency Department Utilization and Optimization: Part 3 of 3

My Experience Working on the Frontlines (Article 3 of 3)
 
Thank you for reading the final installment of this three-part series highlighting the Emergency Department (ED) and its central role in care delivery. Part 1 covered historical trends and the current state of[…]
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Trends in Emergency Department Utilization and Optimization: Part 2 of 3

My Experience Working on the Frontlines (Article 2 of 3)
 
Hello, and thank you for reading part 2 of my three-article series. To quickly recap, this series outlines: 1) current trends, 2) most significant challenges, and 3) methods for implementing sustainable[…]
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Trends in Emergency Department Utilization and Optimization: Part 1 of 3

My Experience Working on the Frontlines (Article 1 of 3)
Allow me to take a moment to tell you a little about my background, while setting the stage for a series of articles I will be writing in the next few months. My name is Jonathan, and I am an emergency physician and[…]
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My Perspective – Evolving Care Delivery

Take a moment to consider your last visit to the doctor. Whether you are fortunate enough to only require an annual physical because you enjoy good health or need more frequent access based on your personal health status or that of a loved one, take a moment to reflect on[…]

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How to Design Technology for and with Physicians

Why do so many technology companies struggle with physician adoption? Are physicians technophobes, is it the technology, or some combination of both?The unfortunate reality is that many physicians either dislike or do not use many health IT solutions.

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3 Ways Hospitalists Influence Length of Stay

I am the Chief Medical Officer of MDP Management, a Chattanooga-based hospitalist group serving health systems in the Southeast. Our focus is medical practice management that empowers physicians to provide the highest quality care, exceed goals and drive change in the[…]

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A Brief Intro to Clinical "VR" ("Variation Reduction")

Who would dare tell a doctor how to practice medicine? While many other industries have embraced the benefits of standardization, the practice of medicine is still built on the pillars of professional autonomy and individual clinical judgment. For more tenured physicians this[…]

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Clinical Variation Insight: Opioid Prescription Rates

On the heels of Hospital Medicine 2019, I am pleased to cover hospitalist opioid prescribing as the latest in Agathos’ insight blog series. Dr. Syed Raza (CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands Hospital) recently presented a poster presentation at Hospital Medicine 2019 on his[…]

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Oh, length of stay, how shall I reduce thee?

Clinical variation is the focus in healthcare, thanks in part to the unprecedented access to data made possible through EHRs. This information has inspired and, frankly, overwhelmed hospitals seeking to pinpoint inefficiencies and optimize pathways and processes. Clinicians[…]

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