A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack crippled New Hampshire-based Dyn, one of the major domain name system hosts that monitors and reroutes internet traffic, October 21 and raised concerns about the healthcare industry’s ability to function in the face of a widespread outage.
Four years ago, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) began and officially started penalizing hospitals for excessive 30-day readmission rates. Since then hospitals have begun implementing programs aimed at reducing readmissions, especially for high-risk patient populations.
Failing to recognize early signs that a patient is deteriorating and respond with effective treatment—“failure to rescue”—has long been a challenge for hospitals, particularly among low-risk patients in low-acuity care delivery areas. Failure to rescue often affects postsurgical patients on opioids, though it is not limited to this narrow patient population. To reduce its occurrence, hospitals have primarily adopted rapid response teams.
Remember the blue book? Starting as early as junior high school, teachers would hand out that pale blue 8” x 8” booklet, giving each student 50 minutes to handwrite everything they knew about a particular subject. Urban legend suggested teachers issued grades based on the number of pages filled rather than the contents of the illegible scribble. Because handwriting did not allow for cutting and pasting, there was no verbatim insertion of multiple Wikipedia pages to “enhance” a test-taker’s spontaneous brilliance. The essay length was determined by the knowledge of the student and the quickness of the pen.
Medicare Compliance Watch CHI Franciscan Health Highline Medical Center (Highline) in Burien, Washington, is notifying more than 18,000 patients of a data breach affecting protected health information (PHI) stored with a vendor, Highline said in a statement. On July 22, R-C Healthcare Management, a vendor that performed services for Highline prior to 2014, informed the … Continued
Check out this infographic from FormFast to learn more about the real costs of a paper-based consent process and how the right Mobile Bedside Consent Automation Solution can benefit your organization. Can your hospital afford to keep this process paper-based?
By Susan Carr When it comes to information technology (IT), clinicians and hospitals might advise, “Be careful what you wish for.” Embraced as the answer to many of healthcare’s safety problems, technology provides useful tools that may improve but in no way guarantee safety. In fact, health IT can introduce as well as prevent or … Continued
By Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) opened the way for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to streamline the quality improvement and healthcare information technology programs it built over the past several years. Since the passage of the 2009 HITECH Act, the quality … Continued
Modifying electronic health record software can help catch early signs of childhood obesity, problems with oral health, vision, and hearing, and the risk of developing autism, expert says.
This year’s list of top patient safety concerns proves that health systems continue to battle health IT implementation issues, while also struggling with patient safety stalwarts like disinfection, medication errors, and even patient identification.