The healthcare industry must adopt a systemwide approach to tackling medical misdiagnosis, a growing concern due to recent research that estimates 12 million people in the U.S. will experience a diagnostic error each year, argues an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Healthcare providers are under increased pressure to take serious action against employee drug theft, according to the Deseret News, especially after the revelation that it may have led to nearly 5,000 patients in a Utah hospital being exposed to hepatitis C.
As retail health clinics proliferate through the healthcare marketplace, physicians are increasingly exposed to them both as consumers and competitors, according to a New York Times blog post by Danielle Ofri, M.D., a physician at Bellevue Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
Thousands of new doctors at several healthcare organizations around the nation are working 30 continuous hours to test whether such lengthy shifts cause fatigue and jeopardize patient and provider safety.
Medication errors or unintended drug side effects occurred in about half of all surgeries done at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital within an eight-month period, according to a study conducted at the world-renowned healthcare organization.
Eliminating the dangers of workplace intimidation, harassment and other bullying behaviors requires a multi-pronged approach that emphasizes employee education as well as creating a culture of accountability, according to experts.
To achieve meaningful patient safety reform and reduce preventable "never events," the healthcare industry must reassess the way it measures medical mistakes to get a more accurate picture of the extent of the errors, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post.
Ineffective leaders often fail to promote moral courage or to address the ethical dilemmas nurses routinely face, such as when they witness or experience bullying in the workplace, failure to obtain informed consent or inattention that may endanger patients, according to an article published by Nurse.com.
Medical tourism is increasingly becoming a two-way street. Americans aren't just seeking lower-cost health services abroad, but patients from all over the world are also more willing to travel overseas for top-notch, full-price U.S. healthcare. But opportunities and concerns surrounding the trend are attracting attention from industry leaders, investors and politicians.
In a call to action on the Institute of Medicine report " Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," authors of a new Health Affairs Blog post outline how its recommendations could have changed things when a patient with Ebola came into a Texas emergency department.