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Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors

A new Consumer Reports survey polled 1,200 people who were hospitalized in the last six months and found that those who rarely felt respected by healthcare workers were two and a half times more likely to fall victim to a medical error than those who reported they were treated well.  

Physician referral system reboot improves patient access

In an effort to improve its patient access, the University Hospitals of Cleveland overhauled its process and upgraded its phsyician referral system. In this exclusive interview. Michael Nochomovitz, M.D., explains what the organization did to improve the scheduling process, efficiency and the patient experience. 

The growing importance of breast density notification laws

Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women. Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.

Providers want more functionality in PACS systems

Despite a PACS imaging technology market that is relatively saturated, a growing need for additional functionality around imaging management and distribution is leading healthcare organizations to look to upgrade technology it already has in place, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials Brief--the "2014 Imaging Technology Study."

Citrus Valley Health's Martin Kleinbart: Data sharing is about trust

With diabetes prevalent at a rate more than twice the national average, Citrus Valley Health Partners in Orange County, California, set out to create a health information exchange as a means to better manage and coordinate care for its population. To that end, Chief Strategy Officer Martin Kleinbart spoke exclusively to FierceHealthIT about Citrus Valley's efforts.

Paul Keckley: MSSP ACO proposed rule changes don't go far enough

The changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Medicare Shared Savings Program are an attempt to save accountable care organizations but they don't go far enough, says leading health economist Paul Keckley, Ph.D..

mHealth Summit 2014: Providers must invite patients to use mobile tools

To get patients to embrace mobile healthcare tools, providers must invite them in, according to panelists speaking at Tuesday morning's  FierceMobileHealthcare  Breakfast at the mHealth Summit at National Harbor near the District of Columbia.

For radiologists, adjustment to value-based care not an overnight process

This year's centennial celebration of radiological imaging at RSNA in Chicago again attracted the brightest minds in medical imaging from around the world.  It showcased the latest advances and highlighted our profession's strengths. The meeting was a hit, with a sense of optimism permeating the canyon-like convention center. But now, the meeting is over.... And now, our challenge is to sustain and gain that momentum.

RSNA 2014: Study finds more lung cancers in poor, underserved area than NLST population

The introduction of a CT lung cancer screening program in a poor, underserved community of New York City using National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) standards resulted in the detection of more cancers than other studies, according to research presented last week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

A path must be created for full consumer use of mHealth

Sometimes one simple answer a question can prove as compelling and relevant as an 800-word commentary, a 15-minute video interview or a six-panelist, one-hour workshop session. Case in point, a recent  Forbes  report in which  doctors were asked how many patients had inquired about integrating data from a fitness mHealth device into their electronic patient record. As this week's article on this polling exercise points out, not too many are at all interested in connecting healthcare data activities. As the doctors indicate, more than a good majority of patients--85 percent--haven't asked the question.