Despite all the research that shows how proper hand hygiene can help prevent hospital-acquired infections, a full quarter of providers don't meet the Leapfrog Group's 10 best practices for hand-washing. To help healthcare leaders engage patients and staff in a way that's proven to work, FierceHealthcare found four hand-hygiene-themed videos, produced by hospitals, and posted to You Tube, that will grab their attention.
Healthcare is an increasingly collaborative industry, and as retail clinics continue to proliferate, hospitals may want to partner with them, according to a report from the Convenient Care Association.
As more hospitals and health systems open urgent care centers to meet consumer demand for faster and more convenient access to care, one Boston non-profit hospital chain has redesigned its emergency departments to improve emergency care and respond to increasing competition from other hospitals and the retail health market.
Around the country there is often discussion about emergency room overcrowding. Realistically, not all ERs really get overcrowded. Down in Southwest Florida, however, they do.
Last season (known as late fall/winter), the area experienced a surge in population--and we experienced an even larger surge of patients coming into our ERs and hospitals.
This coming season, we are trying a different approach that we can build on through the season and throughout the year. This requires our health system and key community partners to provide a more coordinated approach to delivering healthcare in our community.
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Patients who are discharged from the hospital before they feel they are ready report lower levels of satisfaction with their healthcare experience, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
A Harvard Business Review article published this week outlines how providers can prioritize the quality of care while still keeping an eye toward the bottom line.
Pediatric care residents disagree with their supervisors on when they should contact them to handle situations after hours, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
This month, Independence, Kansas' Mercy Hospital announced it will close its doors, making it the 58th rural facility in America to do so since 2010, leaving the community where it was a longtime institution to reassess its options, the New York Times reports.
Hospitals can take five actions to fight the higher rate of complications, mortalities and readmissions for surgical patients who undergo emergency procedures on the weekend, also known as the "weekend effect," according to a Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago study.
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As both the cost of care and the number of chronically ill patients continue to rise, so, too, does the importance of telemedicine to the health industry, according to Partners HealthCare Vice President of Connected Health Joseph Kvedar.
A state agency has approved Blue Shield of California's controversial $1.2 billion acquisition of Care1st, a Medicaid health plan, but consumer advocates are critical of the deal's failure to resolve other outstanding complaints against the company, the Los Angeles Times reports.