Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital plumbing may contain superbugs: Keeping patients safe from infections

Hospital-acquired infections should be a major concern for your facility, but there may be additional culprits you’re not addressing. A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed large amounts of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital plumbing. 

Survey: 85% of patients pick compassion over cost when choosing doctors

Compassion is a key component of high-quality care, but would you expect it to take precedence over price when it comes to your hospital’s providers? A new survey revealed that’s the case for 85% of patients. 

Prevent patient falls in your hospital

Patient falls are a major concern for any hospital, since patients are often at their most vulnerable and confused while hospitalized. Having clear and thorough fall prevention methods can go a long way toward making sure your patients stay safe during their hospital stays. 

Create a ‘just culture’ in your hospital & revamp patient care

Having a “just culture” at your hospital encourages open and honest communication among staff when mistakes happen. It can also improve patient safety – and help your facility meet compliance standards. 

How artificial intelligence could revolutionize your hospital

The potential benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care are myriad: predicting readmissions, making treatment suggestions and monitoring patient flow. But how can your hospital best make use of the rise of AI technology, and what are the possible problems you could face as AI use becomes more widespread? 

New HHS division will protect ‘religious freedom’: What this means for you

Providers who don’t want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients or offer other services that conflict with their religious or moral objections now have more support from President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But is this religious freedom or discrimination? 

How collaborating with post-acute care providers can benefit your hospital

For many patients, hospital visits are just the beginning of a long road toward good health – one that includes other providers and organizations. Forming connections with the doctors who treat patients after they leave your care can boost revenue and improve a patient’s entire experience with the healthcare industry as a whole. 

Physician performance: Keys to giving better feedback & addressing issues

When your doctors are performing better, so is your hospital. But waiting for a yearly performance review to give providers feedback isn’t always the best way to make sure they take your words to heart, especially since an incident you bring up may be just a hazy memory by the time the review rolls around. 

Joint Commission: New maternal infectious disease requirements coming for hospitals

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission will soon have new requirements for infectious diseases transmittable by birth. Any organization with a labor and delivery unit will need to implement three new elements of performance (EPs) by July 1, 2018, to better identify mothers at risk of passing on infectious diseases to their babies. 

Female doctors more depressed than male counterparts: How you can help

Physician burnout is increasing, and female doctors are having the most issues. A new study found female physicians also experience more symptoms of depression than their male counterparts, and a significant portion of those symptoms result from work-family conflicts.