Surgical residents who go two weeks without practicing their surgical skills will often experience a substantial decline in their technical abilities. To ensure they keep up their skills, hospitals may want to add some fun and cash prizes to simulation training.
Although employers and insurers increasingly turn to wellness programs to help lower healthcare costs, participation and engagement rates are still lacking. And according to a recent survey sponsored by Humana, privacy concerns and lack of time are the leading obstacles to employees participating in their companies' wellness programs.
Flu vaccine coverage is inadequate for healthcare workers, according to a report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Healthcare organizations that successfully adapt to changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act do so largely with the help of their human resources departments. Organizations strive to reduce costs, improve patient satisfaction and increase patient safety by placing high priority on the following HR-related functions, a ccording to a sur vey from HealthcareSource and the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Association.
More than 80 percent of physicians surveyed say they have reached their limit on how many patients they can see in a day and many plan to cut back on their services within the next three years by turning patients away or reducing their office hours.
In a world where patients and consumers can look up healthcare prices and hospital ratings online, the industry faces increased competition and transparency, and must enhance patient experience to stay relevant, according to a recent Forbes piece.
As nursing roles change, so do the career paths nurses take with many moving away from the hospital setting to work for home health agencies, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities and other places in the community, Nurse.com reported.
While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.
As the demand for nurses increases amid rising patient numbers, aging baby boomers and more individuals covered under healthcare reform, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees.
Up to 15 percent of nurses in the United States have a substance abuse disorder and many states offer programs that allow them to detox without losing their careers, according to Newsworks.