Today, medical device reps are stretched thin, with facilities in need of them more than they can be physically available. And before the pandemic, physical availability had been a requirement. Reps would travel so they could be in the room during a procedure, and often they covered territories that were hours apart.
While hand hygiene is the most foundational practice, it is also one of the most difficult to improve. Educating a workforce on hand hygiene—which many frontline caregivers should be performing dozens, if not a hundred times per day—is a significant challenge.
Telemedicine can increase provider productivity by enabling healthcare professionals to see more patients in a day. In addition, it can enhance the work experience for providers, affording them greater control over their schedule and allowing them to see patients whom they otherwise would not be able to see.
The results of a two-year study conducted by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MLI, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, found a 43% reduction in resident falls at long-term care facilities that installed a tunable LED lighting system compared to control facilities that maintained standard lighting.
While many of the headlines during the pandemic have focused on clinical staff burnout, studies have found that nonclinical staff, especially those who deal directly with patients, are falling prey to the same burnout.
Addressing digital requirements and improving the delivery of healthcare requires health organizations to develop a set of tools and contact instruments to accompany the patient on their health and well-being journey. The following 20 keys are essential to meaningful access, understanding, and use of digital health resources, and to promoting active and empowered participation among patients to help them take control of their health decisions.
Offering staff and care providers a respite space where they can take a break from the demands of their role is a small gesture that greatly increases their satisfaction at work and directly affects the care they give to patients. The ability to rest and recharge promotes safer, more efficient operations, resulting in better outcomes and fewer medical errors.
California-based Adventist Health and value-based medical group Emcara Health have partnered recently to extend care into high-risk communities across the state. As part of the Enhanced Care Initiative from CalAIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal), this partnership is intended to close care gaps for patients facing the most complex care needs by addressing barriers such as homelessness and other social determinants of health.
Although the healthcare industry has used EHRs for a long time, these systems are constantly being redesigned to meet the challenges of the times as well as become more helpful for providers. In this article, we will explore the changes that custom EHR systems have seen recently, and how they help overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic and other significant healthcare events.
A new JAMA Network Open study has found that patient engagement technology can significantly increase the number of patients who get, and stay, vaccinated. By using text reminders, automated vaccine reservations, and other techniques like links to vaccine verification, providers can leverage technology to keep patients engaged and healthy as the industry continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.