Healthcare News & Insights

Medical errors: What hospitals can learn from one state’s new approach

Medical errors continue to be a significant problem for American hospitals. One state decided to take a deep dive into its hospitals’ issues with errors – and the approach it’s taking can apply to facilities across the country. 

Infections declining in hospitals, but improvement is still needed

Good news: Facilities continue to make excellent strides with preventing hospital-acquired infections. Though there’s still a ways to go, new data shows the work hospitals have done over the past few years to improve patient safety has started to pay off. 

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. 

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