Healthcare News & Insights

Reduce infections in your hospital with artificial intelligence

Surgical site infections are a serious problem at any hospital, but new tools are being used to predict the likelihood of them occurring – and saving lives in the process. One health system’s investment in artificial intelligence (AI) has paid off in both infection reductions and cost savings, to the tune of $1.2 million. 

Medical device threats: New frontier of cybersecurity risk

You already know your hospital’s IT infrastructure is vulnerable to data breaches, but there could be even more insidious ways for hackers to attack patients. One of those methods may involve accessing the medical devices used to treat your patients.  

Good news: Hospital-acquired conditions on the decline

A hospital’s main goal is to make patients better, but sometimes the opposite happens and patients acquire new conditions during their stays. When those adverse events occur, dealing with them adds a host of new challenges to patient care. 

Human trafficking: Identifying victims who visit hospitals

You may have noticed a recent uptick in discussions surrounding human trafficking, and health care is one of the many areas affected. As human trafficking continues to grow, it’s more essential than ever for your staff to recognize the signs patients are being trafficked and know what steps to take next. 

Considering a merger? Pay attention to 3 potential safety risks

As the healthcare industry changes, there’s always the possibility your facility will merge with another. Maintaining a hospital or health system is expensive, and pooling resources can help counteract some of the costs. However, those mergers may cause more than just administrative headaches – they might actually impact patient care. 

6 patient safety issues your hospital must address

Keeping patients safe while they’re in your facility is the ultimate goal for any hospital executive. If patients are willing to trust you with their care, repaying that trust by ensuring they stay as healthy as possible is essential. But there are perennial obstacles to patient safety, ones that your organization should be addressing – […] [MORE]

Hospital plumbing may contain superbugs: Keeping patients safe from infections

Hospital-acquired infections should be a major concern for your facility, but there may be additional culprits you’re not addressing. A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed large amounts of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital plumbing. 

Prevent patient falls in your hospital

Patient falls are a major concern for any hospital, since patients are often at their most vulnerable and confused while hospitalized. Having clear and thorough fall prevention methods can go a long way toward making sure your patients stay safe during their hospital stays. 

Create a ‘just culture’ in your hospital & revamp patient care

Having a “just culture” at your hospital encourages open and honest communication among staff when mistakes happen. It can also improve patient safety – and help your facility meet compliance standards. 

Joint Commission: New maternal infectious disease requirements coming for hospitals

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission will soon have new requirements for infectious diseases transmittable by birth. Any organization with a labor and delivery unit will need to implement three new elements of performance (EPs) by July 1, 2018, to better identify mothers at risk of passing on infectious diseases to their babies.