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Health system uses analytics to measure hand-washing compliance

Data analytics and electronic monitoring have been deployed by Greenville Health System in South Carolina to improve hand hygiene compliance among staff members.

Brokers take on new role as reform navigator

As the Affordable Care Act changes the insurance landscape, more than 35 percent of health insurance brokers now act as navigators for plans offered on the exchanges, according to a new Aflac survey of more than 300 brokers.

IT-based surveillance tools may improve quality of outpatient care

As patient interactions outside healthcare facilities grow, new technology-based surveillance tools are being used to target gaps in care.

4 hospitals admired globally for health IT

Of the 30 most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, according to a list published this week by Top Masters in Healthcare Administration--a site that offers educational and career advice to hopeful medical professionals--more than half (16) reside in the U.S.

Insurers target at-risk members

More health plans are focusing on diabetic and obese customers for better outcomes and increased financial risk, according to Healthcare Payer News.

Cost deters Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion continues to vary in popularity. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia plan to expand Medicaid, while four are actively considering it and 20 have no plans to do so,  reports  California Healthline.

Johns Hopkins researcher: US healthcare system must address climate change

The United States healthcare system must prepare for climate change's impact, Al Sommer, M.D., dean emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, told  Kaiser Health News  in an interview. Its  effect on hospitals is often overlooked, he said. 

Hospital CMIOs less satisfied despite pay bump

Even when pay is up, that doesn't mean satisfaction is, according to a survey of chief medical information officers.

It's time to redesign EHRs to improve patient safety

Providers have been  lashing out against subpar electronic health record design for years. They gripe that not only do poorly designed systems impede workflow and cost too much, they also create new patient safety problems and don't share data with other systems to coordinate care, as promised. Still, the industry hasn't done much to address these concerns. However, maybe now they'll have to. New evidence released this week bolsters what the providers have been saying all along: EHRs, as currently designed, adversely impact patient safety.  

Hospitals for critically ill patients in tough financial spot

Hospitals for critically ill patients and long-term recovery facilities aren't a place many doctors and policy makers think of. But as the American population ages, long-term acute care spending grew to about $26 billion a year across the country, with about 380,000 patients in these facilities, according to the  New York Times.