Women make approximately 80% of health care purchasing decisions in the U.S.1 Not surprisingly, health care marketing programs increasingly target women.
The recent release of the Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines signifies the waning influence of the HITECH Act on the direction of healthcare information technology (HIT).
At the beginning of Rx: The Quiet Revolution, Doug Eby, MD, vice president of medical services at Southcentral Foundation in Alaska, tells a parable about a physician, a rock, a bird, and a target painted on a wall.
Step into most healthcare facilities and you will notice that while community physicians are openly using their smartphones, employed clinicians are carrying voice-only phones, multiple pagers, or wearable voice-activated two-way communication devices provided by their employers.
Just when you think you’ve made significant headway with a persistent unsafe practice, an error creeps up, and disappointment sets in. The error serves to remind you just how vulnerable patients are to human error and to expose…
Solid patient education strategies are foundational to improved compliance and success with national patient engagement initiatives. Numerous regulatory requirements—Meaningful Use, Value-Based Purchasing, and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program—converge to advance the accountable care movement. To succeed in the risk-bearing reimbursement landscape, providers must ensure that patients understand and comply with their care plans.
Clinical intelligence and the role of analytics in supporting a data-driven, constantly improving system are key aspects of healthcare.
The “second victim” phenomenon is a serious consequence of any healthcare role. As many as half of all healthcare providers will experience the impact of the second victim phenomenon at least once during their careers (Seys et al., 2013).
In a report by the National Academy of Sciences, caution is drawn to system-related issues surrounding the nurse-work environment, stating that interruptions of nurse-work processes may compromise patient safety (Page, 2004).
In 1967, there was an important development in healthcare: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. Nearly half a century ago, pioneering physicians saw the need to facilitate continuity throughout the patient care journey.