Doc Halo Blog

State of Ohio Leads in Mobile Connectivity for Healthcare

Doc Halo, the pioneer in clinical communication technology, has connected the largest cities in Ohio on the Halo Spectrum platform. The cloud-based platform that runs on smartphones allows hospitals to unify mobile communication and improve workflows for clinicians. In addition, by accessing the database on the platform, physicians can communicate with colleagues across the state and the nation. 

Tim LeMaster Speaking at CodeMash

Doc Halo's Senior iOS Engineer Tim LeMaster is speaking at CodeMash this Friday, where he is presenting on how machine learning is beginning to have a major impact on software development. 

CodeMash is a unique event that educates developers on current practices, methodologies and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby and PHP. Held every January at the lush Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, it is a world-class technical conference amid Ohio’s largest indoor waterpark. 

CMS Clarifies Texting Policy

Industry News: 
Following some confusion, a Survey & Certification Letter sent last week has reaffirmed CMS’s stance on texting patient information, specifying that messages sent among clinicians are permissible so long as healthcare teams use a secure platform. Texting patient orders, however, is still prohibited across all platforms.

Please Don't Be Polite

One of the most challenging aspects health systems face when implementing a clinical communication and collaboration platform is texting etiquette. Because texting removes the non-verbal signals that allow us to understand the tone and context of a message, we often add emojis to convey feelings, and to be fun or polite. But given the number of distractions physicians, nurses and clinical staff face, sometimes even a “thank you” can be a major interruption.   

5 Principles Health Systems Follow When Buying Healthcare Technology

It is an interesting and explosive time in healthcare. The EMR foundation of data collection and revenue cycle management has mostly been accomplished, and over the past two years priorities have shifted to technology around real-time communication and care coordination for improved outcomes. The early adopters of this healthcare technology are pioneers, and the days where individual health system departments and hospitals make technology decisions in a silo are over.  

You Can't Coordinate Care Without Schedule Management

Anyone who has searched a hospital wing for a paper call schedule knows how much precious time is lost trying to locate an on-call physician.

The Secure Messaging Integration Road Map

HIMSS-booth-300.jpgSingle-department and stand-alone solutions are becoming relics of the past. Today’s communication technology must integrate effectively with critical hospital systems and established workflow protocols.

What is the Only Thing Worse than Revealing PHI?

The only thing more dangerous than revealing protected health information is mixing it up.

Successful Implementations Focus on the Impact, Not the Technology

All enterprise communication technology implementations are influenced by this fundamental truth: Even the most innovative software is only effective if everybody is using it.

5 Ways a Clinical Communication Platform Improves HCAHPS Scores

Much has been discussed about how real-time clinical communication can improve patient outcomes, reduce medical errors and streamline clinician workflow. You may not realize, however, that better clinical communication also leads directly to higher patient satisfaction scores.