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.
Two Virginia hospitals are the first in the country to receive certification in a new program aimed to transform healthcare organizations' approach to managing infection risk.
Isolating the sickest Ebola patients in the first few days they display symptoms may be key to containing the spread of the virus, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Hospitals in health systems across Illinois that participate in the state Hospital Engagement Network prevented 15,887 patient harm incidents since 2012, saving more than $160 million, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.
The healthcare market is transitioning to a consumer-driven health market that could cut hospital inpatient business by 25 percent initially and by 40 percent over the longer term, according to an Oliver Wyman market report.
A surgical checklist can improve communication and reduce potential errors during patient handoffs, Medscape reports.
The healthcare industry's recent focus on patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores don't go deeply enough into repairing the core breakdowns in the way organizations help patients heal, according to M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., chief medical officer at Vocera Communications in San Francisco, who spoke at this week's Medical Group Management Association's annual conference.
Medical experts have several theories on why, despite Ebola's devastating body count in West Africa, only one patient with the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in the United States, with all eight other patients treated in U.S hospitals either recovering or still alive, CNN reports.
The industry holds high hopes for the patient-centered medical home model, but some adopters have struggled to achieve its triple aim of improved care experience, improved population health and reduced cost of care. FiercePracticeManagement spoke with leaders of the PCMH movement to learn best practices to tip the scales in favor of success.