• Embedding Clinical Systems Across the Continuum

    By Kindred Healthcare
    CIS Scott Blanchette Nov 12 aScott Blanchette, the Chief Information Officer for Kindred Healthcare, addressed three main areas related to change – why we should do it, how to do it, and what will happen next. Looking at the “why,” Blanchette points to the current financial state of the United States, examining the country’s bottom line. While income is up, expenses have nearly doubled. In fact, Blanchette notes that the U.S. is gathering debt faster than any other time in history except during World War I and World War II. And the biggest costs are tied to healthcare and an aging population, with nearly half of the money being spent on Social Security (24%), Medicare (14%) and Medicaid (9%). That may be enough of a reason to embrace change, but Blanchette points to an eye-opening projection: By 2026, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will be the entirety of the government’s budget.


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  • The 10th Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit is taking place June 22-24. This annual gathering of people involved in post acute care will be looking at broad directions for the future of healthcare and technology. The Summit combines health and healthcare trends, information technology directions and Federal legislative and regulatory policy.

    Kindred has been a strategic partner of the LTPAC HIT Summit for several years, shaping the agenda and leading the panel discussions. This year, I will be presenting work I’ve done for the Federal Health IT Policy Committee on a voluntary certification program for LTPAC Electronic Health Records.

    The 2014 LTPAC HIT Summit has five different themes:

    • Connected patients and caregivers
    • Connected workers
    • Connected partners
    • Health intelligence, and
    • Changing business imperatives.

    We live in a connected world. We now expect to be connected in the palm of our hand to all the critical information we need to get through our day. We connect with family and friends, arrange meetings, find the information and resources we need and make financial transactions. Mobile apps and the Internet have changed what happens outside of work and is also changing what happens at work. The Summit will explore how post-acute and long-term care is participating in these changes, how we connect with our patients, residents and their families and caregivers, how we connect our workforce to the information they need and how we connect with the many partners we have in providing care.

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  • Communicating with Aphasia

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Aphasia is a little-known language disorder that affects nearly one-third of stroke victims. It occurs when there is damage to the communications hub in the left side of the brain. While aphasia disrupts communication skills, it does not affect a person’s thinking skills.

    There are many types of aphasia, but the most general categories are receptive and expressive aphasia. With receptive aphasia, the person can hear a voice or read print, but may not understand the meaning of the message. With expressive aphasia, the person knows what he or she wants to say yet has difficulty communicating it to others.

    Someone with receptive aphasia may:

    • Have difficulty comprehending what others say
    • Have difficulty with reading comprehension
    • Be unaware that they are using words incorrectly

    Someone with expressive aphasia may:

    • Be able to understand what others say
    • Have difficulty saying what they are thinking
    • Speak in a jumbled manner
    • Say a word different than the one they want to say
    • Have difficulty writing
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