By Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera Each May, I write a CNO Perspective report on a topic that’s top of mind for nurse leaders. Last year, I wrote about reducing cognitive load for nurses and other healthcare professionals. I’ve spent the past year speaking and publishing on this topic, and the … Continued
Gordon D. Schiff, MD, an internist, associate director of Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, and director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Harvard Medical School, won the Eisenberg “individual achievement” award.
There is increased nursing frustration due to students re-asking questions that patients already answered during nurse triage. Students interview fewer patients and often interrupt nurses due to not knowing the optimal time to arrive at patient triage. This leads to frustration and hindered learning for students while disrupting nurse and resident workflow.
For older adults, healthcare can be complicated. They are more likely to experience duplication of services, multiple transitions between care settings, harm from medications, and lack of planning that incorporates the goals of patients and their families.
Big data analytics strategies are maturing quickly in healthcare, outpacing numerous other industries. The reasons for this are the numerous visible and immediate benefits these technologies bring about, measurable benefits that can appear within weeks of adoption.
With ACOs firmly entrenched within the U.S. healthcare system, ACO administrators in recent years have focused their success and performance metrics on financial, quality, and care coordination measures. Yet an entire range of key performance data is also available from ACOs’ most readily accessible information resource: their patients.
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.