Study: Busy Surgeons Pose a Risk to Patient Safety

The report from Coverys takes a look at five years of closed medical malpractice claims data from 2014–2018 to provide insight into the root causes of surgery-related claims and evidence-based recommendations to help mitigate future risks in the delivery of care.

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Protect Medical Devices From a Cybersecurity Threat

A recent survey of approximately 60 C-level healthcare executives from CynergisTek brings the issue into sharper focus. Though about one-third of executives considered medical device security one of the top five risks facing healthcare, most reported they lack an effective strategy to assess the risks posed by medical devices.

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Problem-Solving in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Older People

Health literacy plays a key role in the management, control, and prevention of disease in general. However, it is of particular importance in diabetes, due to both the disease’s chronicity and its effect on quality of life. Effectively, health literacy levels directly influence overall quality of life, especially in the elderly population.

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Human Performance Limitations in Medicine: A Cognitive Focus (Part 2)

In this case study, with nearly 600 medication labels prepared per day, the atmosphere was rife for potential error. Many drugs have similar-sounding names, and during the labeling process the technician is likely to be multitasking, under time pressure, and subject to multiple interruptions (not to mention a consistently noisy environment).

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Converting Routine Into Optimized Healthcare Procedures

The first order of change is to shift the performance standard in the right direction: toward each patient’s best interests. And to do that—to learn what best serves a particular patient—the person performing a mundane procedure must literally shift brain regions.

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Human Performance Limitations in Medicine: A Cognitive Focus

Most of the time, the last person in a chain of errors is assigned the blame for the final outcome of a procedure gone wrong. In the case of medicine, this is usually the physician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or other caretaker who assumes primary responsibility for a patient’s safety.

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How Data Analytics Will Improve Patient Care

In this Q&A with Christopher Rafter, chief operating officer of Tampa-based Inzata Analytics, he speaks about the future of data analytics in healthcare and how they can improve the effectiveness of patient care.

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Patient Safety Trends for the Next Two Decades

Christopher Dore, senior product manager with Capsule Technologies, addresses questions about the patient safety trends that hospitals will need to deal with in the next 20 years, as well as takes a quick look at the last 20.

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