Many of today’s difficulties stem from the rapidly changing face of healthcare. In part, they result from the remixing and rebalancing of surgical subspecialties. The once omnipresent general surgeon with a broad skill set and diverse patient experience is all but extinct. Additionally, true trauma surgeons are hard to find. Compounding the problem, modern surgeons are seeking a better work-life balance and shunning the added income of on-call hospital shifts in favor of a more predictable and manageable schedule.
Nearly two-thirds (60.9%) of the CCNs reported having made medical errors in the past five years, according to the study. Occurrence of medical errors was significantly higher among nurses in worse health than those in the better health categories. For example, 67% of the nurses with higher stress scores versus 56.5% of the nurses with no or little stress reported having made medical errors in the past five years.
Oklahoma ranks as one of the worst states with regard to hypertension-related mortality. The primary care setting is the perfect venue to examine strategies and employ best practices to reduce rates of hypertension and subsequent disability and death.
Suzanne Wenderoth, MD, was recently promoted from senior vice president and chief clinical officer of Tower Health Medical Group to executive vice president, CEO of physician enterprise, and interim chief medical officer of Tower Health. The West Reading, Pennsylvania-based health system features seven hospitals and about 14,000 employees.
A patient-first approach allows physicians, specialty pharmacy, patients, and care coordinators to connect effortlessly, rather than operating independently. This higher level of care continuity strengthens communication, yields rich data for more informed decision-making, and improves the overall patient experience. What’s more, dedicated clinical teams are empowered to seamlessly eliminate treatment gaps for the patient.
In this evolving healthcare ecosystem, many now recognize the importance of effective interoperability of electronic health records (EHR) and the ability to improve patient care and safety, enhance patient-centeredness and communication, and advance programs related to education, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.
In the 18 months since Cleveland Clinic launched its virtual second opinion program, The Clinic, 72% of cases have resulted in changes to patient’s treatment plans, and 28% of the time there has been a change in diagnosis.
The report, Nurses: The Secret Factor for Better Supply Chains, an annual market report issued by healthcare inventory provider Syft, highlights hospital supply chain challenges at the point-of-use and key areas that require improvement.
How are hospitals and health systems positioning their organizations for the future in a post-pandemic world? While there are countless ways innovation has accelerated the transformation of healthcare delivery over the past year, this article features six worth noting.
A year living through a pandemic has made this issue even more abundant—older patients, and those with chronic conditions, have been among those most at risk for severe, life-threatening conditions, including those attached to COVID-19. And what happens when one of these patients is placed on a ventilator, unable to voice their wants in terms of treatment? To avoid these scenarios, the industry needs to ensure providers, caregivers, patients, and families are engaged in advance care planning discussions.