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thielst
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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It is time for the annual honey harvest and a good time to share resources about bee keeping in California from UC Davis. If you are interested in our 2 lb. bear of raw unfiltered honey contact us at Christina [at] cthielst [dot] com Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thistle Springs Ranch
The first group of Arbequina olives are ready for planting as soon as Fall arrives and the rains start. Several already have beautiful fruit that should be ready for harvest in November. This first batch will be brined and enjoyed a couple of months later. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thistle Springs Ranch
I recently saw this video on Facebook and have to share it on my blog. It is a humorous example of our need to attend to how healthcare professionals present themselves and the patient experience. It also highlights the need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Hops is one of the first crops we are testing at Thistle Spring Ranch. These young hops mean "so far, so good." Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch
Thistle Springs Ranch is located in the southern end of Monterey County in the community of Bryson. Bryson, named after an early settler, is secluded with no services. Hesperia is a 2-3 mile district that includes a hand full of houses and the tiny settlement of Bryson. The district has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch
This is for all of my friends and family in the Great State of Louisiana! Yes, people in Louisiana are generally happy. They are a bit laissez faire and let things take their natural course, just as the Mississippi river... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
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Lately I've been thinking about the fact that I'm not blogging as much. But really, I don't believe I'm blogging less.... just differently and on new channels. In the old days (2005 to 2011ish) my blog was my primary social... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
For months I've been listening to books for leisure, but with this latest I'm back on to my professional interests. However, this one is also personal. If you are involved in hospital, sub acute or SNF leadership or active with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
A few days ago, I tweeted yet another example of the ugly in healthcare social media. Once again, hospital employees accessed protected patient information and actually provided it to an ex-boyfriend. Result: the patient is now suing her ex-boyfriend and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
The idea of a gun violence restraining order is being proposed in wake of the recent killings just off the UCSB campus and the warning signs that were fully recognized too late. The idea is that family and friends could... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I wrote a post for the HIMSS blog and want to share it with my readers here, as well. Leave your thoughts on the HIMSS post or here! Social technologies are becoming common tools in the business of healthcare. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I've become somewhat a delinquent blogger again. Twitter just makes it so easy these busy days! However, a new article highlighting my latest book for HIMSS is giving me a little something personal to cheer about. The article focuses in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
HHS has released a new security risk assessment tool to help providers, and perhaps business partners, uncover potential weaknesses in their security policies, processes and systems. Using the tool, providers will be guided as they address risk and security practices... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
The May issue of Health Management Technology includes a great infograpic represending data from a new IBM study finding the vast majority of CFOs (82%) see the value of integrating enterprise-wide data, but only 24% think their team is up... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
My blog seems to have opened up a floodgate of physician writers. The first trickles came from Dr. Gelber and Dr. Parsons, but I've now been introduced to a couple of new writers and medical mystery and suspense is becoming... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. I asked a malpractice carrier friend of mine what he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
My latest book is a compilation of case studies and overviews of trends in social media technologies for healthcare environments. A recent post includes a listing of the chapter titles. The ebook has been out since just before the annual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I haven't posted on Louisiana lately, but this one is a bit close to home. As a result of my current commute, I just finished the book 12 Years a Slave and reviewed the additional research. First, I loved the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I've posted on data security and breaches for the last few years and know that many healthcare providers have struggled to make sense of the warnings. The latest warnings come from a report that hightlights new security threats to patient... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Most of my reading is professional in nature, but from time to time I also read books that I think have a great story line or which seem to be really popular. I've recently had a great deal of driving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I received many press releases, but don't post on the vast majority. But, the one below, from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on her comments at the first Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing Of 2014, is different. It is different because I've been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Health Finance News has a great list of reasons for the decline in hospital inpatient volumes and most of these are indicative of what we will also see in the future. Hospital administration has entered a whole new world and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
My latest book addresses social media and the underlying technologies and the ebook is now available - just in time for HIMSS14. Several chapter authors contributed to this HIMSS book just like the one released in 2007 on RHIOs (HIEs).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Last week I finished a new book and it is yet another written by a talented physician. This one is Doing Harm, a mystery and thriller, by Kelly Parsons. You can read the official description on this link, but here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
CaliforniaHealthline reported on some recent survey findings that include some great data on the wait to see a physician for new patients and also whether these physicians accept Medicaid and/or Medicare. Researchers contacted (June-November 2013) 1,399 medical offices that specialize... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Christina's Considerations