Data analytics and electronic monitoring have been deployed by Greenville Health System in South Carolina to improve hand hygiene compliance among staff members.
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.
As patient interactions outside healthcare facilities grow, new technology-based surveillance tools are being used to target gaps in care.
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.
More health plans are focusing on diabetic and obese customers for better outcomes and increased financial risk, according to Healthcare Payer News.
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.
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.
Even when pay is up, that doesn't mean satisfaction is, according to a survey of chief medical information officers.
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 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.