In addition to the reduction in healthcare services, nurse staffing issues directly affect patient care. A recent survey by the Michigan Nurses Association found that 42% of respondents knew of a patient’s death being caused by nurse understaffing, nearly double the percentage (22%) from seven years ago.
Health system officials have announced that Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Salem Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will join the Home Hospital program, which was launched by both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2016 and consolidated in 2020 when the two hospitals merged.
Rural hospitals are closing their labor and delivery (L&D) units at alarming rates, forcing more expectant parents to give birth in an ill-prepared emergency room or other location, like the back of an ambulance. At New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Health, officials are combining virtual learning and a hub-and-spoke telemedicine platform to address difficult and emergency births.
A report from Behavioral Health Tech finds that roughly 75% of healthcare workers may leave the industry by 2025. Professionals report that they spend twice as much time doing manual, EHR-related tasks as they spend with their patients.
With its capability to recognize patterns in data that may be challenging or even impossible for humans to discern, AI shows remarkable promise in identifying patients who are likely to engage in care management effectively.
With workforce shortages across the board, from nurses to doctors to IT and support staff, health system leaders are leveraging a number of strategies to improve the workplace, reduce stress and turnover, and entice more people into the industry.
Healthcare organizations are moving away from the bulky ultrasound machines of years past and embracing digital health platforms that make imaging more mobile and integrate directly with the EHR to improve care management and workflows.
These three stories from HealthLeaders illustrate how nurses at hospitals and health systems around the country are embracing the advancements that technology and AI can provide.
On episode 87 of PSQH: The Podcast, Hari Prasad, CEO and co-founder of Yosi Health, talks about the evolution of the patient experience.
According to a study on the unintended consequences of national EHR adoption, poor interoperability can lead to medical errors, fragmentation of patient data, redundant testing, and an overall increase in costs.