Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category

Join HIN on Facebook, Twitter

September 3rd, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

Get connected to HIN on Facebook! Simply facebook HIN COO Melanie Matthews and join her Healthcare Intelligence Network group. HIN’s new Facebook group is a great way to keep up-to-date on any new products or services HIN is offering, including webinars, books, podcasts, videos, white papers, e-newsletters and more!

You can follow HIN on Twitter, too!

CHCS Offers ROI Forecasting Calculator for Quality Initiatives

May 8th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

Scenario 1: Your members make four or more visits to the ED per quarter. You want to try to lower that to three visits per quarter. But how? What kind of changes in staff will you need? What utilization changes will you need to make?

Scenario 2: Your organization wants to expand their interventions. At what point will you see a positive ROI? How many members can you then serve?

Thanks to a tool from the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS), wonder no more. CHCS has developed an ROI Forecasting Calculator, a Web-based tool to help Medicaid and health plans predict cost-savings potential of efforts to improve quality.

A recent CHCS webinar made possible by the Commonwealth Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation walked participants through the tool and also offered experience on how the participants in the ROI Purchasing Institute used the tool to plan for and support specific state initiatives.

According to CHCS ‘s Program Officer Allison Hamblin, the tool “puts a price tag on potential quality savings” as users enter assumptionsto estimate potential savings. Assumptions needed include factors regarding intervention, target population, utilization, program costs and discount rates.

Making Web Videos on a Shoestring Budget: HIN’s Four-Part Video Series

April 25th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

After launching our first video for the Web, Web 2.0 and Healthcare, we couldn’t help but think that other organizations might also want to learn how to do this. So we’ve created a 4-part video series on making videos for the Web called “Vlogging 101: Videos on a Shoestring.”

You can view Part 1, Getting Started, below. For the rest of the series, please visit:

Videos on a Shoestring Part 2: Creating the Script

Videos on a Shoestring Part 3: Video Production

Videos on a Shoestring Part 4: Distributing Videos on the Web

We welcome your comments! And invite you to view our other video, Diabetes and the Medical Home.

Web 2.0 in a Nutshell: Learn, Find, Share.

February 27th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

Blogs. Podcasts. Wikis.

MySpace. Facebook. YouTube.

New media is everywhere, and the healthcare industry is no exception. A growing number of healthcare organizations are using such Web 2.0 technologies to advertise their services and provide healthcare consumers with access to more interactive health education.

During this webinar, John Sharp, project manager for IT Web services with the Cleveland Clinic, sheds some light on Web 2.0 and all it encompasses — and what it means to healthcare.

“It’s about participation, usability and design. The core principles that define Web 2.0 are Web-based and easily accessible. One of the most important principles is that you control your own data, whereas in what is called Web 1.0, information was controlled by the Web site owner. Web 2.0 Web sites are open to complete participation by users.

Health 2.0 is a newer concept that takes the Web 2.0 technologies and imports them into healthcare. For instance, social networking is now available for patients, healthcare consumers or providers. Podcasts are available for medical and patient education and other uses in healthcare, wellness for instance. Wikis are available for medical references. Blogs are written by physicians and other medical experts. Tagging of medical topics, photos and videos is happening all over the Web.”

But even as a comparatively new form of media, Web 2.0 is already evolving into something bigger and better, says Dave Bennett, director of Web resource services at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

“A lot of people are talking about Web 2.0, and I am often asked when we are going to reach Web 3.0. We’re moving in that direction with many of the new technologies that we see online. With Web 2.0, we move away from static content to dynamic content in the forms of video and audio.”

University of Alabama Health System’s Internet Marketing Manager Susan Reid notes that engaging your audience is essential to Web 2.0 success.

“The difference between Web 2.0 [and Web 1.0] is now you have to engage the audience where they are. There are many ways to do that: email, social networks, blogs bulletin boards, Wikis, video and audio, RSS feeds, mobile phones. The key is going out and engaging them where they are.”