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Santa Barbara, CA
A hospital administrator, consultant and writer with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: the patient experience; health information, telehealth, social media, and mobile technologies; health information exchange; the business, environment and quailty of healthcare; workplace health and wellness; children and families; Louisiana and my family.
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This week's Modern Healthcare describes some differences in planning for mass casualties between the US and France. But, it also reminds us of the importance of being prepared and that includes periodically reviewing plans. When I was in the hospital,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Christina's Considerations
Well, this one isn't full of humor as ZDoggMD promised on his site. But, there is a humor that goes along with the tragedy of what we sometimes see in the hospital when people are kept alive for all of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Christina's Considerations
WORD Zubin of ! Your words help me work through my feelings on this tragedy! I look forward to your music and humor someday soon! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
A hospital was recently found not liable for Facebook group posts placed by two employees about a patient's diagnosis. It comes down to an ex-boyfriend talking the two hospital employees into posting a screen shot of his ex-girlfriend's medical record;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
An interesting infographic! Consolidation, especially in small and rural communities, has been hurting patients. It sounds like things will get worse for all seniors. Am I missing something? Check out other American Hospital Association infographics or my collection on Pinterest Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
The alternative? A $750,000 HIPAA settlement emphasizes the importance of risk analysis and device and media control policies. Cancer Care Group, a radiation oncology private physician practice, was in widespread non-compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. It had not conducted an enterprise-wide risk analysis and did not have a written policy specific to the removal of hardware and electronic media containing ePHI into and out of its facilities, even though this was common practice within the organization. Cancer Care will now adopt a robust corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.
For the last two years I've been writing articles for Multibriefs and the healthcare associations that distribute their content. It is part of the reason my blog isn't getting the attention it has in past years, but having my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
Tomorrow is the first day of my 2015 Annual Online Seminar for ACHE and the topic we will explore is a Digital Revolution: How Health IT can Improve Access, Quality, Safety and Efficiency. I've enjoyed guiding the participants through the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
A new resource from the American Hospital Association is available to help guide healthcare facilities as they work to improve their engagement of patients and their family caregivers. It builds upon the work of the AHRQ and creates a framework... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
Vigyanix released its list of top 10 Healthcare IT blogs to follow - those that are exploring new ideas, sharing their views and actively taking part in important discussions. They have recognized Christina's Considerations along with some of my old... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
I'm a firm believer in the importance of having conversations with family about end-of-life decisions and documenting advance directives or wishes. An important member of the team in these discussions is also one's primary care physician/NP/PA; because this person has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
As a mom, I watched The Magic School Bus cartoons with my children because they were engaging and there was a bit of scientific learning. This video has to be my all time favorite (even if it might not be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
A recent online survey was highlighted in and it shines a bright spotlight on something I've spoken about as it relates to social media. The survey found that Millennials, workers age 18 - 34, have the highest mobile data... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
I've been wanting to make a comment on the physician who didn't know she was being recorded when the patient was under anesthesia. I'm a little late to the dance, but the intent wasn't to be part of the viral... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
All healthcare professionals probably remember a bit of self doubt and fear as they progressed through their education, internships, residencies and early careers. It is part of the process and helps keep us all in check! It is the experience... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
This is the third in my series highlighting opportunities to virtual engage patients with technologies that incorporate TeamSTEPPS techniques and principles. This phase of the story highlights how emerging technologies can be used by older adults, especially all of those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
This post is the third of four in a series from a poster presentation at the TeamSTEPPS National Conference. It focuses on how TeamSTEPPS techniques can be applied to virtual connections with adult patients for improved outcomes. After finishing college,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
This is the second part of my poster presentation for the TeamSTEPPS National Conference. The first one highlighted the "why", results and my challenge to healthcare leaders. This once continues the story by presenting a fictional example of real life... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
This week I presented my first poster at the National TeamSTEPPS Conference. It combined my interests in engaging patients with technologies and applying the principles and techniques of TeamSTEPPS to virtual environments. For my readers who don't know, TeamSTEPPS is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
Since I've actually worked with chargemasters and tried to make them reflect true cost, I'm happy to share this article. I'll admit it is challenging to find the right charge that accurately covers costs and provides some margin for growth.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
One of my favorite authors has a new book that is a bit different from the ones I first read - Behind the Mask and Under the Drapes. Dr. Gelber's latest book is Night Clinic the story of a primary... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
Earlier this month I read an article about researchers who combined tweets about asthma with data taken from air-quality sensors and electronic health records to predict, with 75% accuracy, the number of asthma-related visits that day. In Pasadena, when the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
It was a pleasure to be invited to participate in this ebook that highlights opportunities to implement care transitions and care coordination tools for high risk patient populations. Our future, with value-based healthcare, requires that we find ways to keep... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
A local patient recently tested positive for Hepatitis C and during the Public Health Department's investigation , they determined that the physician's office did not use universal precautions during injections. The physician's identity has now been released and the big... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
For the last couple of years, my disaster planning efforts have been focused on business continuity recovery planning. This is a resource all hospital risk managers, CFOs and disaster planners should have in their files. Thank you, Yale New Haven... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Christina's Considerations