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Melissa K Palardy

Melissa Palardy is PatientPing's Marketing Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Simmons College and a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the Simmons School of Management. When she isn't developing brand awareness initiatives, you can find her doing yoga, reading, or watching Law & Order marathons in her Back Bay apartment.

Recent Posts

June 6, 2017

Doubling Down On Bundled Payments

Imagine that your knee has been bothering you. You visit your primary care physician who then refers you to a specialist. The specialist decides you need surgery. After surgery, you are discharged home or to a skilled nursing facility. Through each step of the care episode, you move from one provider to the next, but no one is truly coordinating your care during the transitions and no one is ensuring an optimal outcome.

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May 30, 2017

Wellness vs. Wishes: When Patients Decline Post-Acute Care

Each year, clinicians make 13 million post-acute referrals for Medicare patients.

With healthcare providers facing increased pressure to both lower costs and improve quality, post-acute care after hospitalization is a logical choice—it provides a safe, personalized environment in which patients can be cared for and healed by professionals.  For many patients and families, however, the choice is not so obvious.

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May 23, 2017

Healthcare Data: What To Do With It All?

We have entered the age of data overload. In just two years, from 2011 to 2013, we generated 90% of all data in the history of the world. And much of it is just the click of a button or touch of a screen away.

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May 16, 2017

We Need To Talk: Getting Acute Care Teams On The Same Page

When asked her top priority for Patient #4, the hospital nurse caring for her stated that keeping the patient in bed would be best. And the doctor’s orders? “Get her out of bed.”

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May 9, 2017

How Real-Time Notifications Help ERs Fight The Opioid Crisis

The dramatic rise in opioid use in the United States has forced emergency rooms to the front lines in our nation’s fight against drug addiction. ER doctors and nurses are now in a daily struggle in the choice between appropriately alleviating a patient’s pain and possibly feeding an established or growing dependency.

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May 2, 2017

How Data Transparency Leads to Better Patient Engagement

“I feel like I’m invisible to the provider when they’re looking at the computerized chart. I would like them to sit with me, and together we face that computer, and they show me what they are seeing and reading,” said a patient, when asked about the impact of EHRs on medical visits.

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April 18, 2017

Mixed Outcomes for Healthcare Consolidation

In many industries, corporate consolidation is championed for increased efficiency and revenue. But, as a wave of consolidation has hit healthcare, it’s been met with mixed outcomes.

With healthcare M&A activity reaching new highs in 2015, it is clear the industry is in the midst of widespread transformation and conglomeration. A 2016 Modern Healthcare survey found that nearly 80% of healthcare CEOs believe the rate of consolidation will remain consistent or accelerate in the coming years.   

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April 11, 2017

How Clinically Integrated Networks Support Care Coordination Efforts

As healthcare continues its shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, providers have been looking for ways to partner with other entities in order to keep up with the changing landscape. For small medical practices facing significant pressure, the promise of reaching economies of scale is driving them to look at options like Clinically Integrated Networks, or CINs.

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April 4, 2017

The Importance of Medication Reconciliation in Patient Care Transitions

In this digital, tech-enabled world, clinicians across the care continuum still rely on patients to self-report their current and previous medications. Given that one-third of Americans take five or more prescription drugs, medication histories often get spotty, leading to potentially dangerous outcomes.

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March 28, 2017

What Healthcare Can Learn From The Retail Industry

Five years ago, the predictive analytics industry reached a new milestone. Target, the 6th largest retailer in the U.S., developed an algorithm to accurately identify pregnant women based on their purchases— and, in some cases, did so a bit too early.

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