Healthcare News & Insights

Quiet down! Lower noise levels positively impact critical care patients

High noise levels might be good for a concert or baseball game, but they’re not conducive to a healing hospital environment. The constant humming and droning of machines, the chatter of nurses and family members, and even the soap operas on patient TVs can all impact patients’ recovery. 

Investing in housing, other social elements of health can decrease ED visits

Emergency department (ED) visits are often expensive and time-consuming for patients and hospitals alike, especially when those visits aren’t necessary. Often, those unnecessary visits come from patients who can’t afford regular medical care, including low-income or homeless people who may have unstable housing and other quality-of-life issues. 

Embracing innovation: 6 ways to transform your hospital

As the healthcare industry continues to grow and change, many hospitals are focused on staying competitive in an increasingly crowded market. Creating a culture that embraces innovation and collaboration is one of the best ways to ensure your hospital provides excellent care, but it’s easier said than done. 

Encourage Baby Boomers to use patient portals: Here’s how

As people live longer and have better access to health care, your patient population will continue to grow older. With that aging patient mix comes a range of new obstacles your hospital will need to overcome to keep providing quality patient care. 

Use your EHR to open lines of communication between patients and providers

You’ve heard the complaints before: Electronic health record (EHR) systems make it harder for patients and providers to communicate. Patients feel like their providers aren’t paying attention to them and are focusing on a computer screen, while providers suffer under the increased administrative burden and spend less time on patient care. 

Improving palliative care can shorten hospital stays, increase bottom line

Your hospital may already offer excellent palliative care, but there’s always room for improvement. New research shows adding palliative care consultation, or expanding what you already have, can not only positively impact your sickest patients, but can also save your organization money.

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. 

Increase trust in your hospital and providers

Trust is the foundation of the relationship between providers and patients. Quality patient care can’t be achieved if patients don’t trust providers or other staff members. And since patient care is hospitals’ top priority, that can be a problem. 

Reduce waste in your facility: Precision medicine & other tactics

No matter how hard you try to eliminate it, waste is an almost inevitable part of running a hospital. But one way to continue reducing waste and ineffective treatments is by using precision medicine. 

Best practices to care for patients with limited English proficiency

Communicating the ins and outs of healthcare and treatment to patients is hard enough without a language barrier. While complex medical jargon may sound like another language to many patients, even relatively simple conversations may be difficult when patients have limited proficiency in English.