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The next phase of patient safety improvement: Tackling misdiagnosis

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.

Worsening drug theft by healthcare workers puts patients at risk

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.

Physicians see both risks and benefits in retail care

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.

Researchers test the conventional wisdom on work-hour restrictions

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 occur in half of surgeries, MGH study finds

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.

Fight back against workplace bullying with education, culture of accountability

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.

Never events: Better measures needed to eliminate medical mistakes

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.

Ethics in healthcare: Why nurses need 'moral courage' to protect patients

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.

As inbound medical tourism picks up, concerns about overseas care remain

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.

Researchers: IOM recommendations could have altered course of Texas Ebola case

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.