Healthcare News & Insights

Good news: When readmissions decrease, fewer people die

Because of the growing focus on readmissions, many healthcare experts were worried that other areas could be negatively affected by the push to keep people out of the hospital – specifically, mortality rates. However, new research offers good news on this front. 

How one patient’s critical illness can affect entire hospital ward

When looking at patient outcomes, it’s key to consider all areas that could negatively affect patient recovery, including those from unexpected sources. New research shows a surprising factor may play a role in medical setbacks for patients: witnessing other patients get worse in the hospital. 

CDC study: Hospitals still need to improve antibiotic use

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a significant problem in this country, and it’s contributing to the rise of various superbugs that infect hospital patients. New research about prescribing habits shows that hospitals must make more of an effort to rein in the overuse of antibiotics by providers. 

Online reviews affect patient choices: How hospitals can respond

More and more patients are turning to online reviews when it comes to choosing a doctor or hospital. That means your hospital needs to put its best foot forward online whenever possible.

Why all hospitals should be more like children’s hospitals with patient care

When it comes to patient satisfaction and improving the quality of patient care, all hospitals can take a page from their pediatric peers.

Late-night vital sign checks may hurt patients’ recovery

It’s been a long-standing tradition to check hospital patients’ vital signs several times in the middle of the night. But this practice may actually be harmful to patients’ recovery, according to new research.

Can microwave popcorn reduce vaccines’ effectiveness?

New questions are being raised about whether chemicals found in microwave popcorn interfere with the effectiveness of certain vaccinations.

Why are we overdosing our kids?

New research: 98% of the biggest selling OTC kid’s medicines come with dosing directions that are confusing. 

Want to reduce errors? Have staffers act like pilots

New research shows how techniques that reduce medical errors can be cribbed from other safety-critical industries.

Study: Burned out med students more likely to give poor care

The stresses of medical school may have some value as a way of testing students’ mettle, but it comes with a real cost.