The Ebola virus is all over the news lately and sometimes it seems like the media reports gets more disconcerting by the day.But despite these troubling developments, including the fact a New York City doctor who treated patients in Guinea has now tested positive for the virus, Americans shouldn't panic. Here are three reports that explain why.
Hospitals may not be able to reduce preventable readmissions on their own, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Hospitals and healthcare systems may want to rethink plans to acquire physician practices to increase care coordination. A new study finds that hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to a 10 to 20 percent increase in overall costs.
It was hard to engage in a healthcare conversation in recent weeks without hearing about the challenges presented and fear created by the global Ebola crisis. In the United States, the outcomes in Dallas brought home the complicated nature of a global healthcare system driven by protocol and process, and revealed that in striving for perfect outcomes, the healthcare system still built on human beings caring for human beings. This also means, as hard as we might work to avoid it, oversight or errors in healthcare happen.
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An organization's transition to manage the health of certain populations is often met with obstacles, but there are three strategies that will improve your chances of establishing a practical and effective approach, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review.
The leadership turnover at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT may be hurting morale within the healthcare industry, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst told FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview.
National Nurses United, which has repeatedly warned that nurses are unprepared to handle patients with the deadly Ebola virus, will hold protests in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in U.S. hospitals.
The fall 2014 update to Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score reveals a mixed bag of news about U.S. hospitals. Overall, of the 2,520 hospitals scored, 790 earned an "A," 688 earned a "B," 868 earned a "C," 148 earned a "D" and 26 earned an "F." In addition, several states moved up into the "A" rankings, including Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey, according to an announcement.
Hospitals could improve quality and safety if they engaged patients and their families in improvement initiatives, experts say.
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Seventy percent of breaches involving the California healthcare industry were due to unencrypted data on lost or stolen hardware or portable media, a problem that strong encryption would fix, according to the latest data breach report from the state's attorney general.