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The future of nursing: An industry in flux

Like much of the healthcare industry, the nursing profession drastically evolves, adapts and morphs to meet new demands and needs every day. Amid debates about a nursing shortage, scope of practice and educational requirements, only one thing is certain--the future of nursing will change even more.

Hospitals innovate design strategies to improve patient experience

Hospitals increasingly pay attention to design and physical space as a factor in patient experience, according to  U.S. News & World Report.

Post-operative pain leads to less sleep, longer hospital stays

Patients who experience more pain after surgery reported poor sleep while they were in the hospital, often resulting in longer length of stays, according to a study announcement from researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

US hospitals unprepared for Ebola-related medical waste

Some U.S. hospitals might be prepared to treat the Ebola virus, but are they prepared to dispose of Ebola-related waste? Probably not, which could threaten public safety, according to a report by Reuters.

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

Health insurance brokers key to Kentucky's enrollment success

Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance brokers slowly understand their role in the industry. Case in point: In California, 39 percent of enrollees did so with a broker; in Kentucky that percentage was 44, according to  NPR. 

Electronic med packaging that records dosing boosts patient adherence more than similar tools

The use of electronic medication packaging devices that are integrated into the care delivery system and designed to record dosing events are more frequently linked to improved medication adherence than other such devices, according to new research published this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

What hospitals can learn from other industries about consumer-driven care

In order for hospitals to stay competitive in the shift to consumer-driven care, organizations must focus on service, price transparency and quality. But the best model for this exceptional customer service isn't necessarily found in healthcare.

Electronic surveillance helps hospitals slash death rates

The use of an electronic physiological surveillance system on patients correlated with two United Kingdom hospitals slashing mortality rates by more than 15 percent over the course of a year, according to research published online this week.

3 simple ways to improve population health management

As healthcare shifts from fee-for-services to value-ba sed care federal policy will soon reflect new incentives that focus on population health management  tools and efforts, Ron Greeno, M.D., executive vice president of strategy and innovation at Cogent Healthcare,  to ld   Becker's Hospital Review.