It is with deep sadness we share that Dr. Michael Dick (Mike) passed away yesterday afternoon. He was a physician at Ohio State University, an original stakeholder in Callibra and part of our team from the very beginning. A colleague and friend to all of us who are part of Callibra and Discharge 1-2-3, Mike was diagnosed with Bile Duct cancer in 2019 and passed away from cancer at the age of 67. The article below captured some of the sides of Mike and his strong spirit. Please take a moment to read this recent article about Mike and keep his family in your thoughts: As COVID-19 rages, Dr. Michael Dick won’t let anything stop him from working – not even cancer | Ohio State Medical Center (osu.edu)
Discharge 1-2-3 Expands Into Surgical Centers to Enhance Pre- and Post-Operative Care
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Callibra, Inc. dba Discharge 1-2-3 announced today the recent expansion of their award-winning Composer® product for Surgical Centers and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) venues. Composer® augments pre- and post-op care by providing patient- and procedure-specific customized instructions and education to promote optimal patient outcomes and prevent readmissions.
Clough Surgical Center, Emerson Hospital, Concord MA, an advanced cutting-edge facility, was looking for a solution that would deliver both better patient outcomes and satisfaction through high-quality instruction and education content and an efficient clinician workflow.
Wendy Repucci, BSN, RN and Nurse Manager of Clough Surgical Center, played a key role in selecting Composer®. The 30-year veteran RN at Emerson said, “Patient education plays an important role in the recovery outcomes of each patient. Discharge 1-2-3 provides easy-to-read documents that are offered in many languages which improves patient care and promotes patient satisfaction in an easy-to-use and time-efficient manner. Educational materials, such as discharge teaching documents, should be based on evidence-based practice and tailored to the specific needs of the patient and that is precisely what Discharge 1-2-3 achieves.”
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Atlantic General Hospital Selects Discharge 1-2-3 to Integrate with Allscripts Sunrise
CHICAGO, May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Callibra, Inc. dba Discharge 1-2-3 announced that Atlantic General Hospital selected Discharge 1-2-3 to augment its Allscripts Sunrise EHR. The product is integrated into Sunrise and augments the patient discharge process providing a fast intuitive workflow for clinicians and a concise after-visit summary with patient-specific instructions and education.
Atlantic General Hospital, located in Berlin, MD, opened May 21, 1993 and provides quality care to communities in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Accommodating over 117,000 patient visits per year with a medical staff exceeding 190 providers, Atlantic General delivers on their commitment of putting patients and community first. What started as a small hospital, Atlantic General grew in step with the increased need of the surrounding community for accessible quality medical care. Of many prestigious accomplishments, Atlantic General duly received the Most Wired Hospital designation from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives for four consecutive years.
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Texas Emergency Task Force Uses Discharge 1-2-3
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 6, 2018
The Atascocita Fire Department (AFD), in Atascocita, TX, is using Discharge 1-2-3 discharge instructions software to improve the way it provides care for first responders injured in the line of duty. This innovative emergency organization’s specialized Medical Unit Rehab Crew (MURC, pronounced “mercy”) is deployed to take care of other first responders during disasters like wildfires and hurricanes. The MURC team provides initial care in the field, and its Advance Practice Paramedics perform sutures, provide antibiotics and write prescriptions among other treatments. This unique collaborative agreement enables MURC to ensure on the spot quality care and treatment to the first responders working at the forefront of disasters. Discharge 1-2-3 makes it fast and easy for MURC team members to create high-quality discharge instructions that are given to injured first responders at the disaster site.
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CEO Chris Galassi Shaves for the Brave
This past weekend Callibra’s CEO Chris Galassi, MD stepped up for the Shave for the Brave event to support Children’s cancer research. Dr. Galassi was one of more than 100 volunteers and shavees in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s 2018 Shave for the Brave held in Park Ridge, IL on Saturday, April 7. He admits he didn’t “have a big mop of hair in the first place,” but notes that through this one event location more than $87,000 was raised for childhood cancer research. According to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, more children are lost to cancer in the US than to any other disease.
Dr. Galassi feels Childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded and St. Baldrick’s helps fund the best childhood cancer research to save the lives of kids locally and around the world. “I am sure Cancer research sometimes seems endless”, he said “but in recent decades there have been real discoveries in treatment of some children’s cancers that have turned dismal prognoses into highly successful survival outcomes for some kids. It’s exciting that there has been real progress but there’s still a lot to do.”
If you still want to help out you can still make a donation at his personal page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/980673/2018
A special Thank You! to all of the following sponsors who assisted with their support on the event:
Law Office of Daphne L. Pals
Stephen Dodds MD
Colin Kaide MD
Marie and Michael
Nate Rudman MD PC
Joanna Scianna In Memory Of Richard Oliva
Kathy and Paul Nordhaus
Michael Miedona In Memory Of Richard Oliva
JBO In Memory Of Monica Harrison Carfrey
Discharge 1-2-3 Supports Feed My Starving Children
During the holiday season last week a group of Callibra, Inc. dba Discharge 1-2-3 employees helped the organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC @fmsc_org) prepare meals for hungry children at the FMSC facility in Schaumburg, IL. While they were there, the Discharge 1-2-3 employees with fellow volunteers packed a total of 72 boxes containing 15,552 meals – enough to feed 42 children for a year. Callibra also made a financial contribution.
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Donations to FMSC are used to procure ingredients, which are then combined into meal formulas and packed by volunteers. FMSC partners with organizations and ministries in 60 countries to distribute the special meals to children in need.
The Discharge 1-2-3 team was glad to help. Chris Galassi from Callibra, said “When you see the work this organization does and the large impact to peoples lives even modest contributions can make, it highlights just how much could be done to support basic life needs.”
To learn more about Feed My Starving Children, or to make a contribute, visit https://www.fmsc.org/.
What Emergency Nurses Want in Discharge Instructions
October 20, 2016 – Chicago, Illinois.
More than 60% of emergency nurses want improved discharge instructions!
Discharge 1-2-3 surveyed nurses at the recent ENA Scientific Assembly in Los Angeles about discharge instructions used at their hospitals, and 140 responded.
The order of concerns, and big Take-Aways illustrate an extremely consistent pattern. Though some users were more or less satisfied with their specific EMR the rank order was always the same.
What were the nurses’ biggest complaints about discharge instructions?
#1 Not patient-specific enough (Consistent overall TOP Concern!)
#2. Need more languages
#3. Want them to be faster and easier to use
What EMRs Did These Users Have?
The survey asked nurses which EMR they used at their hospitals. The most frequently named systems were Epic, Cerner, and Meditech, which mirrors national market rankings. Picis, McKesson, and Allscripts were also used by multiple respondents.
Take-Away #1 – Nurses Want More Patient Specific Content!
When asked which specific aspects of their discharge instructions they would like to see improved, nurses primarily answered: 1) more patient-specific content; 2) more languages; and 3) faster and easier to use. These biggest three concerns far outweighed others.
Take-Away #2 – Rank Order of These Topic Concerns is the Same Regardless of Which EMR is Being Used.
With only a few exceptions, these rankings are not significantly different when responses are broken down by EMR. Compare the proportion represented by each colored segment in the count of respondents below.
Take-Away #3 – What They Would Want Improved was the Same Even for Users More Satisfied with their EMR Discharge Instructions Overall
Epic users tended to be more satisfied with their discharge instructions than users of other EMRs. When asked whether they were satisfied with their current discharge instructions, over three-quarters of Epic users responded in the affirmative. Respondents were not nearly as happy with other EMRs. Yet even for these more satisfied users as indicated in the preceding graph, “More Patient Specific Content” was the most common thing they wanted.
At Discharge 1-2-3™, we frequently hear complaints from clinicians about other vendors discharge instructions. Although the sample size of this survey was small, the results confirmed the gaps we continue to see in the discharge instructions market. Discharge 1-2-3’s Composer™ software makes it fast and easy for clinicians to create patient-specific discharge instructions in multiple languages fast and easy for clinicians.
These findings do not surprise us. Do they surprise you?
Healthcare IT Has Come A Long Way
Two speakers at the recent Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) conference in Las Vegas highlighted the changes in healthcare IT since 2009. Kathleen Sebelius was US Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009 to 2014, and Dr. Vindell Washington is the current National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Ms. Sebelius began her address by reminding us that historically on a per capita basis the US far outspends other developed countries for healthcare but often gets worse results. According to her, the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were affordable health insurance, delivery system reform, and lower costs through greater efficiencies. To achieve these objectives, the nation needed a more robust health IT platform to drive protocols and payments. Even before ACA, the government was paying over 60% of all healthcare costs. Moving forward, in her view, the government needs to shift from a passive payer to an active purchaser of healthcare, and data analytics are “the name of the game.”
The perspective on the future and the emphasis on “data an analytics” are a resounding and welcome validation of some of the newest research and development avenues at Callibra Inc and its product line Discharge 1-2-3 Composer. Significant projects utilizing customer data and analytics for product improvement have been front and center in the landscape of product direction.
Ms Sebelius concluded by saying that healthcare had been disrupted and had become a totally new market. In her view, calls to repeal Obamacare are moot because there is no longer anything to go back to.
Dr. Washington, an emergency physician, began by citing how quickly the healthcare IT landscape has changed. In 2008, only 13.4% of non-Federal acute care hospitals had adopted basic EHR; by 2015 the adoption rate had increased to 88.3%. He stated that his passion is for all people to have equal access to quality healthcare. His belief is that IT positively affects healthcare, and that interoperability in particular is foundational to meeting his department’s national healthcare priorities, which include precision medicine, delivery system reform, the “Cancer Moonshot,” the opioid crisis, public health, and research and innovation
Although the vast majority of his speech was devoted to the progress healthcare IT has made recently, he said he is often reminded of the challenges that remain. In his opinion, the healthcare IT industry is not as responsive or fast-moving as it needs to be. When he was an intern starting out in medicine, he said that it took 17 years for information from research databases to be incorporated into EMRs. He was chagrined to hear recently that it was still taking nearly that long.
It is sometimes helpful for those of us in the healthcare trenches to get the view from 50,000-foot level.
Composer Integration into Allscripts Sunrise Previewed at ACE 2016 Conference
Discharge 1-2-3 and Allscripts jointly previewed the integration of Discharge 1-2-3’s Composer software into Allscript’s Sunrise system at the ACE (Allscripts Client Experience) 2016 Conference in Las Vegas last week. Composer makes it fast and easy for clinicians to create customized discharge instructions and patient education in multiple languages. Plans are to make Composer available for all Sunrise emergency department, inpatient, and ambulatory venues by early 2017. Composer is already integrated into all Allscripts ED systems.
At a session entitled Sunrise and Discharge 1-2-3 Integration, Mary Chorley, Senior Manager, Solutions Management at Allscripts, provided an overview of Composer and how it will enhance Sunrise. She said that Composer will be seamlessly integrated into Sunrise.
Dr. Chris Galassi, CEO and Product Director for Discharge 1-2-3, then demonstrated Composer, showing how it will work in Sunrise. His presentation highlighted several of its capabilities.
ACE is the place every year for Allscripts users to learn best practices and find out what’s on the road map for all Allscripts products. More than three thousand attended the three-day conference this year, with many stopping by the Discharge 1-2-3 booth to get a personalized Composer demo and discuss integration plans. ACE 2016 was a great opportunity to catch up with customers, prospects, and our partners at Allscripts.
Discharge 1-2-3 Launches Korean and Persian (Farsi) Patient Education in EMRs
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 26, 2016
Discharge 1-2-3™ recently released Korean and Persian (Farsi) language content for use by Discharge 1-2-3’s hospital clients and EMR partners through its award winning Composer™ software or content libraries. This new multilingual patient content provides high quality customizable discharge instructions and patient education. Discharge 1-2-3’s Composersoftware, with the Korean and Persian (Farsi) content, is already being used by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, CA in conjunction with its Allscripts Sunrise EMR system.
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