The Exec: Physicians Play Key Role in Healthcare Administration
Physician operating executives and medical directors are crucial players in healthcare administration at Scripps Health, says Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA, corporate senior vice president of hospital operations and chief medical officer at the San Diego-based health system.
PSQH Quick Poll 2023: Taking the Pulse of Nursing’s Impact on Patient Safety
As part of National Nurses Week, PSQH reached out to our readers with a few questions about how nursing impacts patient safety and healthcare quality. The Quick Poll had a total of 211 respondents. The PSQH Quick Poll is presented in partnership with Drexel University.
How to Use Technology to Ease Physician Burnout
The physician burnout level and other measures of physician distress increased dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, survey research shows. The findings of the 2021 survey are troubling, with 62.8% of physicians reporting at least one symptom of burnout compared with 38.2% in 2020.
Using AI to Remove Cognitive Burdens From Healthcare Providers
When the industry talks about providers practicing at the top of their license, the conversation often turns to the need to remove administrative barriers or issues that put another entity between the provider and the patient. EMRs played an important role in addressing documentation necessities, but brought burdens that hindered providers’ focus.
How to Prepare for Physician Retirements
A report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2022 found that nearly half of physicians were more than 55 in 2021. As a result, more than two of five of physicians will be at least 65 within the next 10 years.
ACEP President: Drop in Emergency Medicine Training Applicants ‘Concerning’
The steep decline in applicants to emergency medicine training programs comes as emergency departments nationwide emerge from a harrowing experience of chaotic emergency rooms during the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to this year’s plunge in applicants, there was an expectation that there would be an oversupply of emergency physicians, with 8,000 more than needed by 2030, according to a 2021 report.
The Exec: Mental Health Looms Large Post-COVID
Addressing mental health needs is a primary aspect of healthcare in the post-COVID world, the new chief medical officer of MSU Health Care says.
The Exec: Medical Group President Grappling With Workforce Shortages
Russell Howerton, MD, is president of the medical group and senior vice president of clinical operations at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. A practicing surgeon, he previously served as chief medical officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Wake Forest Health Network employs about 500 physicians and advanced practice practitioners.
Technology and Automation to Help Prevent Staff Burnout
With greater burden on staff and a rising shortage of personnel, organizations are turning to technology to alleviate the stressors that are driving staff away or preventing them from practicing at the top of their license. One way they’re accomplishing this is automating tasks wherever possible. In fact, McKinsey says that roughly a third of all healthcare provider tasks are automatable.
Delivering Better Care in a More Cost-Effective Way With Point-of-Care Ultrasound
Enhanced handheld POCUS devices are simpler and less expensive than traditional ultrasound solutions, so healthcare facilities that start using POCUS will see significant cost savings when deploying the devices. Their simplicity also allows more hospitals to adopt ultrasound and offer it to more patients, which can improve the overall patient experience and health outcomes.