When it comes to healthcare and congress, finding bipartisan support on anything is a daunting task. Politicians from both sides are coming together in support of new bills aimed at improving and expanding telemedicine services in the United States.
Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year.
“The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Technology and pharmacology are advancing rapidly. Reimbursement systems for healthcare services are in flux, and the sites for delivering healthcare are expanding to pharmacies and grocery stores. What remains the same is that people need healthcare and healthcare professionals provide it.
We are in the midst of tremendous change in healthcare, and physician advisors are needed to be the lighthouse guiding our physician colleagues in the turbulent waters. The notion that a physician advisor only needs to know how to determine a proper level of care is well past us at this point, because organizations have realized that physician advisors can, and are, impacting healthcare organizations in many other equally important ways.
Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Medicare officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.
For 11 months, two AHS hospitals tried out an automated system called the Automated All-Cause Harm Trigger System (ACHTS). The system’s software uses 41 algorithms to monitor electronic medical records (EMR) for signs that harm has befallen a patient, with flagged charts sent to a reviewer to examine. By the end of the study, the ACHTS caught 2,696 cases of patient harm, compared to the 132 harms caught using the old sampling method.
They think they know a lot, research shows. But patient safety professionals are not as confident in trustee knowledge.
According to The Joint Commission, 69% of accidental deaths and injuries in hospitals are caused by communication breakdowns. We have more data than ever, but it resides in disparate systems. Caregivers don’t have time to sift through all the information to determine what’s actionable. This article looks at five clinical scenarios where sending proactive alerts and alarms directly to clinicians on their mobile devices.
Informal caregivers, postacute care connections, and direct care worker compensation can all influence patient outcomes positively.
Nearly half of California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths.