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.
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).
Through the program, Press Ganey will give participating organizations access to its HPI Press Ganey Patient Safety Organization (PSO) platform and learning forums, along with education and best practices around high reliability and zero harm.
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.
As lead author of “Patients as Consumers in the Market for Medicine: The Halo Effect of Hospitality,” Young and colleagues analyzed Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data on patient satisfaction, mortality, and technical medical quality for more than 3,000 general and acute-care hospitals in the United States between 2007 and 2010.
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.
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.
The recent research, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, examined data collected from 4,005 primary care patients over age 65. Half of the patients were screened for ADRDs and the other half served as a “no screen” control group.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that hospitals awarded by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology for their high-quality care for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure were more likely to be financially penalized under value-based programs than other hospitals.
Serious problems can occur when results are delayed. Patients can undergo the wrong operation, be prescribed the wrong medication, or be discharged when they actually require urgent care. A delay in test results can mean the difference between a treatable problem evolving into an inoperable one.