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Brief huddle, checklists improve patient safety at South Florida healthcare system

Pilots and flight crews have long relied on the use of checklists and brief huddles to prevent errors and the concept has made its way to healthcare, particular in operating rooms. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare,  Joseph Loskove, M.D., chief of anesthesia for Memorial Healthcare System, explains the success the system has had with crew resource management protocols and why it has expanded them to all procedural areas of its six hospitals.    

Cancer screening wonder: Skepticism taking over

The introduction of mammography and colonoscopy back in the 1960s helped introduce an "age of wonder" for cancer screening that correlated with a significant drop in mortality rates, according to Cary Gross, M.D., of Yale Medical School. Conversely, according to Gross, the 21st Century has launched a new age of wonder in the sense that people are now wondering how beneficial cancer screening actually is.

Mac McMillan: 'Disparate' health privacy requirements overwhelming for providers

As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ramps up its audits of healthcare entities in the coming months, there is a sense among some that there will be a flood of fines levvied compared to actions that have already been taken. Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, actually foresees trouble looming at the state level for providers, as well.

At Penn State, telemedicine boosts stroke care to rural patients

In July 2012, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a 563-bed Children's and university hospital in Hershey, Pennslyvania, launched a telemedicine network to provide stroke care to rural patients in Central Pennsylvania. The hub-and-spoke network, which started off with five initial partners, now has doubled in size, and, according to neurologist Raymond Reichwein, is set to add four more partner hospitals over the next six months.

Mac McMillan: Health IT security compliance does not equal safety

FierceHealthIT  recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.

The tall task of patient engagement

Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.

Balancing the risks and rewards of imaging with ionizing radiation

A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in the UK reminds us that efforts are underway to continue to understand and balance the risks and rewards of medical imaging with ionizing radiation.

Health tour aims to foster innovation among local leaders

A San Francisco-based company has started a nationwide tour aimed at kickstarting dialogue between local healthcare leaders to help them improve quality of care, boost patient engagement and eliminate inefficiencies within healthcare.

3 great leadership talks for healthcare executives

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect and healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based one, leading hospitals and health systems through this transition is a daunting proposition. But the Internet boasts a wealth of industry experts who offer advice during such unpredictable times. For this exclusive feature,  FierceHealthcare  rounds up three of the best healthcare leadership talks the Internet has to offe

What healthcare providers should know about reverse false claims

The Department of Justice and the New York Attorney General's Office have intervened in a first-of-its kind federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Continuum Health PArtners, Inc. For insights on the significance of this case as Affordable Care Act enforcement unwinds, FierceHealthCare spoke to Leslie J. Levinson, J.D.