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Case-Connect Brings Hope for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions serve a definite purpose – to give us something to feel badly about when we don’t live up to our expectations. How many workout videos, gym memberships, running shoes, and packages of rice cakes have been purchased at the beginning of the year only to be completely neglected come March 1st?

But with the New Year comes new opportunities – new ways to lift ourselves from past failures. If we didn’t have hope for a better outcome, we would sleep right through the Time’s Square celebration and begin January 1st like every other day of the year. But the New Year does bring hope, we did stay up late in anticipation of a new start, and we do have a chance to change.

Personal resolutions often center around improved health or stronger emphasis on relationships. Professional resolutions should be no different. There is a simple way to improve your practice’s health and make your business relationships a priority. Case-Connect, the revolutionary new platform for scheduling surgeries, might just bring you exactly what you need for 2010.

Here’s to Your Health

How do you measure your personal health? Often, our metrics include the number staring at us from the bathroom scale, whether or not our LDL count is lower since our last doctor visit, or simply the way we feel. We can measure the health of our practice in similar ways: how is our bottom line shaping up…are we reducing lost revenue caused by administrative challenges…how do we feel at work?

While Case-Connect may not solve every ill we face in the office, it is a great start for the New Year. Its streamlined way to run scheduling increases productivity, eliminates costly errors, and gets rid of the frustrating aspects of practice management that make us dread getting up in the morning. A healthy practice for 2010 starts with Case-Connect.

Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot

One of the best ways to make an impact in 2010 is to improve your relationships. At home, this means spending more time with others in meaningful ways — we don’t get credit for taking our kids to only the first inning of a baseball game or going to the movies and forgetting our wallet. The same goes for the office. We need to maximize every interaction with patients, hospitals, device reps, and support staff. We will get no bonus points for rescheduling surgeries because of incorrect implant deliveries, backed up OR facilities, or other scheduling mishaps. When we forget (or neglect) to take care of our partners, our practice suffers.

With Case-Connect, our professional relationships are managed in a clear, organized manner. When we see the anesthesiologist at the hospital, we don’t have to apologize for wasting her time. Device reps will put us at the top of their list because they know everything will be in place. Patients will leave with the best possible treatment and attention. Relationships thrive with Case-Connect.

The New Year is in front of us, and we can make it the best year ever. To learn more about how Case-Connect can make your practice more efficient, please visit our website.

Healthcare IT is changing and hope has never been brighter. Happy New Year, everyone.

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Our Head in the Clouds…

We have been talking a lot lately about “cloud computing.” This may sound like some new-fangled idea to suddenly hit the market, but in reality it has been around for quite some time. Let’s take a look at the basics behind cloud computing and why it is so important to the future of healthcare IT.

Cloud computing is basically a way of delivering hosted services via the Internet. Its name comes from the “cloud” image commonly used to represent multiple computers around the world being connected together (i.e. the World Wide Web). These services (or platforms) are hosted on a main server, thus enabling users to log in remotely and avoid installing software on their own computers. The only software needed is a Web browser.

The Internet is everywhere…thanks to Wi-Fi, 3G, and those “can you hear me now” commercials. Cloud computing, as a result, has grown exponentially in recent years. There are lots of cloud computing applications that you probably already use. Some notable applications include Gmail, Amazon.com, Quickbooks Online, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr.com, Blogspot, Google Docs, PayPal, your online bank statements, and more. These platforms or services allow you to access your information from any computer with an Internet connection (without installing the software on your computer).

Banking, entertainment, and personal communications industries have recognized the value of cloud computing. They’ve noticed that individuals and businesses want to be more efficient and more streamlined, and they’ve responded with market-driven solutions. “There’s an app for that,” so to speak.

But in the healthcare IT world, practices have been slow to adopt the cloud technology. The key words are “have been.” Things are changing rapidly, thanks to healthcloud solutions like Case-Connect. The introduction of this new “healthcloud” is being accelerated by increased awareness of benefits, a stronger commitment to improved efficiency, and government initiatives requiring technology upgrades. Electronic Health Records (EHR) and practice management tools are looking to use cloud technologies to get the job done.

We are at the precipice of a new era in healthcare IT. Great things await us as we move forward with new ideas and new technologies. Surgical Data Solutions is poised to stay on the cutting edge as we move forward.

The future is bright and the sun is beginning to shine…through the clouds.

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