Healthcare News & Insights

Keep ED patients safe: Common information system errors

Emergency department information systems (EDIS) provide much-needed help, such as legible documentation, retrieval of past patient information and adherence to best practices. But just like with anything else, with the positives come the negatives. 

Reduce ED overcrowding: One facility’s success story

Overcrowding in the emergency department isn’t a problem that’s easily solved. However, one hospital managed to do a complete transformation of its ED, turning it from one of the most chaotic areas of the facility to a smoothly running machine. 

Cutting ED use: One hospital’s success story

It can be tough for hospitals to control unnecessary emergency department use, particularly with disadvantaged or underinsured patients. But one hospital is trying a different approach to decrease the chances these patients will visit the ED for minor illnesses. 

4 keys to reducing patient wait times

Patients sometimes wait hours for treatment. To provide better care to patients, it’s crucial to reduce their wait times at the hospital, particularly in the emergency department (ED). 

Where ICD-10 may hit your finances hardest

Hospitals are already expecting the transition to ICD-10 to impact their revenue, but one area could be hit especially hard — emergency rooms.

Avoid prescription drug abuse in ED patients

It’s a big problem: Patients visiting the emergency department (ED) seeking prescriptions for painkillers so they can feed a drug addiction. Hospitals have had trouble cracking down on this phenomenon in the past, but facilities in several states have come up with effective solutions. 

How one hospital system improved patient flow

Keeping patient flow efficient should be at the forefront of every hospital executive’s mind. The quicker patients are evaluated and triaged for treatment, the more patients your hospital can see – which improves your facility’s bottom line. 

Is your hospital ready to treat children in the ED?

Even if your hospital isn’t geared toward treating children, it’s likely your clinicians will see younger patients in emergency situations. That’s why it’s important for your emergency department (ED) to be prepared to treat children – and not all facilities are equipped to do so. 

New ways for hospitals to stop unnecessary ED use

Even with all the changes brought about by healthcare reform, “superutilizers” continue to be a big problem in hospital emergency departments (ED). And some facilities are coming up with unique ways to curb this problem.

Avoid repeat emergency department visits for patients with this strategy

To curb healthcare spending, the feds want to crack down on emergency department “repeat offenders,” or those who make multiple visits to the ED in a short time period. And they’re enlisting help from hospitals themselves.