Healthcare News & Insights

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt to the challenges created by the opioid epidemic. 

5 keys to addressing transgender patients’ healthcare needs

Transgender Americans are being failed by the healthcare system, including hospitals and other providers, according to a new poll from NPR. Many trans people don’t have regular access to health care, and for those that do, the stigma and discrimination they face leads them to avoid seeking treatment.

More patients looking for health care online: Boost your digital presence

Patients are increasingly looking for health care online, so ensuring your organization’s internet presence remains top-notch is more important than ever. For many healthcare consumers, a hospital’s online presence is the first impression they get of your facility – so you need to make it a good one.

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.