Healthcare News & Insights

Current state of data breaches, hacking: Hospital cybersecurity concerns

Major healthcare data breaches are in the news all the time, so you know how important cybersecurity is to your hospital. Protecting patient info is a priority for every organization, but new research on breaches this year could affect how you shape your cybersecurity protocol. 

More wrong info available to patients: How to handle it

Patients being more prepared for their visits is a good thing in most cases. You want patients to research their care beforehand to cut down on confusion and make sure they know what to expect. But this could actually end up being a double-edged sword for your providers. 

The 9 scariest IT threats your hospital may face in 2019

The year may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can relax and forget about potential technological hazards. To end the year strong and start 2019 with a bang, take stock of common threats to hospitals and how to address them. 

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.