Healthcare News & Insights

Using Internet of Things data to reduce fall risk

While falls are common in hospitals, they don’t have to be and they shouldn’t be. Reason: They’re preventable. In this guest post, Chris Herman, MD, PhD, MS, BS, founder and CEO of Clean Hands-Safe Hands, explains why patients fall and what the Internet of Things (IoT) can do to help prevent falls.

Improving prescription abandonment with the right information at the right time

Prescriptions are just one part of improving patients’ health. In this guest post G. Cameron Deemer, president of a technology company that connects people at patient care touchpoints, shows how patient engagement can reduce prescription abandonment.

Medication nonadherence costs $300B annually: How to close the gap

Patients not adhering to their medications is an eternal struggle at every healthcare facility. No matter how many times you remind patients about taking their medications, picking up refills and following instructions, somehow it always slips through the cracks. 

2 tactics to get patients to pick up medication after discharge

Hospitals need to make sure patients stay healthy after they’re discharged. One aspect of that is medication management, giving them the prescriptions they need so they can take the drugs as directed. But that’s easier said than done in many cases. 

In-home pharmacist medication management cuts readmissions

Hospitals must continue to do their best to stop readmissions in patients. This includes trying more innovative approaches when following up with patients post-discharge, such as bringing providers to their homes to help them understand their medications. 

Medication safety practices: Hospitals need to up their game

How are American hospitals doing when it comes to medication safety? 

5 challenges hospitals need to tackle in 2014 and beyond

Moving into 2014, hospitals must overcome many challenges if they wish to thrive. And they all aren’t related to new healthcare reform mandates. 

Most patients forget medication – how mobile apps can help

As smartphones and tablets become more popular, a new report shows the potential those devices have for improving health care. 

Health IT can save billions with medication improvements, study says

The healthcare system loses billions of dollars a year due to prescription errors and poor medication adherence. But health IT can help, says a new report. 

Survey: Patients want text messages, mobile apps from their doctors

Despite help from new technology, doctors are missing out on opportunities to help keep their patients healthier and more satisfied, according to one recent survey.