Hospitals are trying all sorts of different ways to prevent readmissions and help patients recover more quickly. Besides just focusing on their immediate medical needs, facilities are also looking at changes to make patients feel more human and less demoralized by their illnesses.
More payors are calling on hospitals to provide patient-centered care and get patients more involved in their treatment, since better engagement often leads to improved health outcomes. Part of this process involves giving patients the information they need to make the best decisions about their health.
Figuring out ways to cut healthcare costs is crucial for hospitals, since pressure to reduce expenses has been increasing from both payors and the feds. Because of this scrutiny, hospitals must be careful that the care patients receive is appropriate for their health conditions.
Traditionally, hip fractures were seen as less critical injuries for patients, and hospitals would push surgeries back several days. The logic was this gave patients time to prepare for the procedure. But due to research, this opinion is slowly changing, and many facilities are trying a different approach that has improved patient outcomes.
Hand hygiene isn’t just important for doctors and nurses. New information shows that getting patients to be more vigilant about washing their own hands can help stop the spread of superbugs and bacteria in hospitals.
To improve patient outcomes, it’s critical to have patients take more active roles in their care. When patients act as partners with providers, readmissions and complications decrease. So your hospital’s clinicians need to be more open to having a close working relationship with patients.
Typically, patient-satisfaction surveys aren’t given to patients until the end of their visit, or shortly after they’re discharged. This means hospitals don’t get feedback on patients’ experiences until long after they’ve left. However, one hospital is taking a different approach to gathering feedback.
Your physicians may not be diagnosing patients using only their years of schooling or experience. In fact, guess what the single leading source of medical information is for U.S. patients and healthcare professionals?
Thanks to legal changes and other shifts in the healthcare industry, doctors face several new challenges. And most are turning to technology for help, according to a recent report.
Nurses spend about 75% of their shift away from patients. If hospitals increase the amount of time their nurses spend with patients, they lower their number of patient falls and bed sores — and increase both patients’ and nurses’ satisfaction levels.