Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Overtreatment could be harming your patients: Here’s how to avoid it

Unnecessary tests and treatments that offer little benefit are common in health care, and they’re often harming patients. Not only does overtreatment cost hospitals money and time, it can also cause patients needless pain and suffering. 

Spot & stop medication nonadherence with data analytics

Patient nonadherence to medication is one of the biggest problems facing providers and hospitals today. Treatment doesn’t work if someone doesn’t follow instructions, but how can facilities spot those patients – and convince them to change their behavior? Strategic use of patient data can help. 

New study finds 5-minute conversation improves patient satisfaction

Taking the time to talk to patients can be beneficial in more ways than one. In fact, a simple five-minute conversation with hospitalized patients can significantly improve their satisfaction, according to a new study from the University of Virginia (UVA). 

Cut red tape by following HIPAA transaction standards

If your hospital isn’t using HIPAA-mandated electronic transaction standards during the claims submission process, it can be costly. In fact, hospitals are losing billions of dollars due to administrative inefficiencies, and even worse: They’re losing the trust of patients. 

Patient feedback key to better hospital design

If you want to make sure your meeting patients’ needs, ask patients. One hospital went the extra mile by asking patients for their opinions when it came to designing its new facility. 

Is your hospital ready to treat children in the ED?

Even if your hospital isn’t geared toward treating children, it’s likely your clinicians will see younger patients in emergency situations. That’s why it’s important for your emergency department (ED) to be prepared to treat children – and not all facilities are equipped to do so. 

Your nurses may hate your hospital’s EHR: Here’s why

While most talk about electronic health record (EHR) systems has centered on doctors’ troubles with adapting to them, hospital nurses are also having major difficulties with EHRs.

Spike in mobile app use by clinicians & consumers fuels market

Anyway you look at it, healthcare providers are finding ways to use smartphones and mobile devices to enhance patient quality and care, and cut costs.