Healthcare News & Insights

5 keys to reducing physician burnout

Physician burnout is an ongoing problem in hospitals. Burned-out doctors have a negative impact on the care a hospital provides. So it’s an issue that healthcare executives must address at their facilities. 

Make zero ‘never events’ your hospital’s goal

“Never events” received their name because they’re serious adverse events that should never happen – they’re 100% preventable. Problem is, they do happen and with alarming frequency. And despite mandatory reporting, only about half the states comply, and what they report varies due to flawed measurement processes. So how can hospitals improve? 

Avoid ‘never events’ in surgery: 4 areas to watch

New research provides insight into why many surgical “never events” occur – which should arm hospitals with the information they need to prevent them. 

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.

Radiologist infects three patients with Hep C

The Mayo Clinic in Florida has fired a licensed radiology technician after he confessed to taking drugs intended for patients.

Nine hospitals test a radical new informed consent form

Any clinician has seen a patient’s eyes glaze over — or widen in terror — when faced with a consent form that includes dozens of potential risks ranging from infection to death. A process to better inform patients often only confuses them.

Study: Surprisingly simple way to reduce C. difficile infections

Researchers have discovered a way to drastically reduce one of the most common hospital-acquired infections. It’s as simple as a bleach wipe.

Oops! Stressed out docs make more mistakes

Fatigue isn’t the only thing that can lead docs and other staffers to make serious medical mistakes. Now you have to worry about their emotional well-being too.

Patient-controlled health records — will they help?

A major hospital is now offering patient- or consumer-controlled health records for the first time — and most of the health industry is waiting to see what the results will be.