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Top 10 Healthcare Business & Technology Stories of 2016

From an uptick in value-based care arrangements to an increased focus on patient communication and satisfaction, several key trends shaped the state of the healthcare industry in 2016. Healthcare executives needed to know important updates concerning these issues, and that’s reflected in our top stories of the year. 

Here are Healthcare Business and Technology‘s most-read articles for 2016:

  1. Top 10 issues impacting the healthcare industry in 2016 As the year began, hospital leaders needed to be aware of important developments that would affect how their facilities operated throughout the year. Many of the things mentioned in this article, including mergers, community collaboration and rising drug prices, were top of mind for hospitals in 2016.
  2. 5 technology trends that will affect hospital care Technology in health care is constantly changing, and hospitals need to keep up with new developments. Some of the latest trends take advantage of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to allow medical devices to transmit key information about a patient’s health. Mobile technology is also becoming more popular, particularly for electronic health records (EHR) systems.
  3. 4 keys to reducing patient wait times Many patients complain their wait times are excessive, especially in the emergency department. It can be difficult to deliver timely care when EDs are crowded and short-staffed, but there are several ways for hospitals to make real progress toward lowering wait times for patients.
  4. Value-based payments: Are hospitals on track to meet goals? Medicare and other payors are transitioning from fee-for-service reimbursement models to value-based payments. Unfortunately, a good number of hospitals aren’t where they need to be to thrive under this system just yet. However, there are steps they can follow to get back on track.
  5. How communication problems put patients, hospitals in jeopardy If patients and providers aren’t on the same page, it can have detrimental results. Patients’ recovery can be compromised, and facilities end up penalized for their outcomes. That’s why clear communication must be a priority for your facility’s staff.
  6. White coats & doctors: Creating a hospital dress code Scrubs have become the outfit of choice for many clinical staff members in hospitals, whether they’re doctors, physician’s assistants or nurses. However, there’s a popular opinion that, in some settings, doctors should always wear traditional white coats when interacting with patients. Here’s why this dress code could be beneficial for your facility.
  7. Healthcare reform: Current impact on hospitals All the changes brought about because of healthcare reform have affected hospitals in several ways – including making a significant impact on their bottom line. Find out which factors hurt facilities’ budgets the most.
  8. 4 rules for effective hospital marketing Because of increasing competition and financial pressure, it’s critical for hospitals to make themselves stand out compared to their peers. That’s where a well-executed marketing campaign comes in. Learn what’s essential to consider when promoting your hospital’s services.
  9. Keys to improving the customer-service experience at your hospital Health care is a business, and as “customers,” your patients must be satisfied with the level of service they receive at your hospital – particularly since facilities are being judged based on their patient satisfaction scores.
  10. Hospitals ban workers from smoking Cigarette smoking is being treated as a public health threat. So some hospitals have responded by forbidding staff from lighting up, even away from hospital grounds. To enforce these bans, facilities regularly test workers (and potential employees) for the presence of nicotine in their bodies – and there’s a serious debate over whether these tactics are fair to staffers.

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