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Ebola Watch: APIC calls on hospitals to reassess infection control practices

U.S. hospitals don't have the necessary infection prevention staff and departments are stretched beyond capacity to handle the Ebola virus, according to a new survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released during International Infection Prevention Week.

Support, care for health workers to improve patient experience

Guest post by Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., president of The Beryl Institute, a global community of practice focused on patient experience improvement, and founding editor of Patient Experience Journal. It...

NYC doctor has Ebola; nurses demand increased protection

A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea has tested positive for the virus, the New York Times reports.

CHE Trinity Health announces plans for consumer and patient engagement platform

CHE Trinity Health, a multi-institutional Catholic healthcare delivery system  announced Thursday it will partner with a leading health and wellness engagement platform provider to give consumers and patients a personalized local engagement platform across the 20 states that have organizations within the health system. 

Consumer choice reshapes the hospital experience

Healthcare providers are behind the times when it comes to providing the choices, transparency and experiences today's consumer expects, according to a new survey by Strategy&, a management consultancy.

HHS initiative will fund care improvement efforts

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services today announced it would spend up to $840 million over the next four years to fund innovative healthcare strategies designed to improve patient care and lower costs. 

3 resources to put Ebola in perspective

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.

Leading by example: Patient experience the Cleveland Clinic way

In an exclusive interview, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer James Merlino, M.D. explains what led to his personal philosophy of patient experience and how the organization implemented strategies to become a leader in patient satisfaction.

Hospital culture plays big role in C-section rate variations

Hospital culture may play a larger part in cesarean section rates than patient risk factors, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

Some hospitals may withhold care from Ebola patients

Some U.S. hospitals may withhold medical interventions from Ebola patients for the sake of their workers' safety, Reuters reports.

Leadership alert: Physicians feel overwhelmed, unheard

Physicians just aren't listening to their C-suite executives, and the reason is simple, according to an article in Becker's Hospital Review. Doctors feel overwhelmed, disengaged and don't think leaders listen to them. 

How Ebola prevention efforts could improve overall healthcare

Hospital efforts to safeguard against the Ebola virus may have longer-term implications for infection prevention in healthcare settings, according to an infection control expert.

4 principles guiding healthcare's age of enlightenment

There are many emerging themes and movements driving healthcare innovation and evolution, which is comparable to the Age of Enlightenment with its new discoveries and ways of solving problems, Forbes contributor Dave Chase wrote in his most recent column.

Hospital ownership of doc groups leads to higher costs

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.

Penn Medicine uses data analytics to cut sepsis mortality

A data analytics program at Penn medicine helped the Philadelphia-based hospital lower sepsis mortality rates.

Hospital perceptions of hand hygiene clash with reality

Hospitals and their medical staff have different ideas of how well the facility meets hand-hygiene guidelines, according to a new survey of infection preventionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Joint Commission shines spotlight on healthcare safety

The Joint Commission released new guidance this week urging hospital leaders to foster and maintain a culture of safety within their organization

Connected CEOs initiate worse mergers, but still benefit

Chief executives with extensive industry social connections are more likely to initiate mergers with unfavorable results, according to a new study from the University of Arkansas.

3 new federal guidelines to contain the Ebola virus

Stricter guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare workers treating the Ebola virus center on three key principles, according to new guidance from the agency.

Patient early warning detection system reduces mortality rates by 35 percent

Patient early warning detection system alerts staff to minor changes in a patient's conditions can help prevent more serious events down the line and reduce mortality rates.