Healthcare News & Insights

Hidden patient safety threat: Dietary errors

Hospital staff may tend to think of avoiding medication errors, infections or surgical complications when addressing patient safety. But there’s another element to patient safety that often goes overlooked: Food allergies and dietary errors. 

Surgery riskier at low-volume hospitals: How to respond

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And it’s no different for surgery at hospitals. In fact, according to a recent analysis, surgeons who don’t get enough practice have a higher risk of harming patients during procedures. 

Could your EHR also be a health hazard?

The healthcare industry is pushing providers to digitize their records, but can electronic health record (EHR) systems pose threats to patients’ health in addition to their privacy? 

How an ‘error room’ could save patients’ lives

When it comes to preventing medical errors while caring for patients, it’s one thing to tell hospital staff to follow protocol. It’s another thing to show them how to apply that knowledge in a realistic setting. 

What hospitals can learn from new HAI penalties

About 700 facilities are getting hit with penalties from the government for not doing enough to cut down on medical errors. And it doesn’t look like the heat will be dying down any time soon. 

Not respecting patients has consequences

Respecting hospital patients can go a long way toward improving their outcomes. A good number of patients are feeling alienated by clinical staff during hospital stays – and this can cause medical errors to increase for your facility.

10 healthcare technology hazards for 2015

As 2014 draws to an end, it’s time for hospitals to start thinking about the biggest healthcare technology issues that will affect their facilities next year.

Hospitals show gains in patient safety rates

All the effort hospitals have been putting into improving patient safety is paying off, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

EHRs & secure messaging boost patient safety

There’s more research showing that electronic health records (EHR) systems and healthcare IT upgrades help keep hospital patients safe.

New guidance for patient safety

In the current healthcare climate, patient safety is at the forefront of almost every hospital executive’s mind. The Joint Commission just released new safety guidelines that can help hospitals survive and thrive by bolstering their safety culture.