Healthcare News & Insights

What your hospital should know when measuring total cost of care

The rising cost of health care has become a major concern for payors and the feds. To curb the costs associated with patient care, hospitals must be looking at the total cost of care – usually defined as the direct and indirect costs for an episode of care over a period of healthcare coverage (e.g., […] [MORE]

Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise: Reduce your hospital’s risk

Cybersecurity threats like ransomware and malware attacks have been increasing in recent years, and many hospitals are particularly vulnerable. Because of the sensitive information hospitals have access to, cybersecurity issues are more than just a headache for IT – they can be a serious threat to patient safety. 

Why telemedicine is critical for hospitals

More providers and payors are increasing their reliance on telemedicine services as a way to save time and money, and make life easier for patients and providers. If your hospital isn’t moving toward telehealth, it may want to consider it.

Keys to avoid repetitive lab testing in your hospital

New research from doctors at Johns Hopkins University and other organizations reveals repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients is costly and unnecessary. Constant blood draws can also lead to hospital-acquired anemia and a variety of complications. 

What your hospital can do to promote healthy eating for patients

Hospital food gets a bad rap, and it’s not entirely undeserved. Many facilities have bland food, and often it’s not as nutritious as providers or patients might want it to be. But healthy food can be expensive, and some hospitals may not have the money or resources to access quality ingredients. 

Community violence: How hospitals can address its costs

Community violence can be an enormous burden on hospitals, especially in urban areas and big cities. But some facilities are using innovative programs to cut down on violence and decrease the number of patients who come in with violent injuries – which also lowers costs for complex, life-saving surgeries. 

Almost half of healthcare visits are to emergency departments – Why?

Emergency departments (EDs) play a significant role in health care, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. EDs deliver 47.7% of medical care, and that number rises dramatically when looking at marginalized populations. 

AHA: How feds must reduce burdensome regs for hospitals

Hospitals face many regulatory burdens they must juggle to survive in the current healthcare climate. To lighten the load, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking the feds to make changes that would make life easier for facilities. 

Global ransomware attack wake-up call for hospitals

The latest big ransomware attack has put hospitals across the globe on high alert for cybersecurity. Although U.S. hospitals weren’t hit as hard as those in other countries, facilities still need to make sure their IT infrastructure would withstand a similar event. 

Practical advice: Setting cloud strategy in healthcare world

If your healthcare organization is embracing patient-centered care, you have no choice but to embrace the cloud whether it’s a public, private or hybrid. The need for greater collaboration across care providers can only be met via cloud computing. Getting the most out of electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine relies on it. And the […] [MORE]