Although the Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this month it slashed wait times nearly 18 percent after a nationwide scandal revealed secret waitlists covered up long delays in care, more than 600,000 veterans are still waiting a month or longer for appointments, according to USA Today.
Automated calls can help patients to remember to to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
A year after doctors at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center complained about their workload and patient safety issues, a physician survey shows the concerns remain.
In a new and evolving healthcare market that rewards efficiency and quality care, hospitals must find a way to streamline their systems to put forth better results for patients and more savings for their organizations.
Two Texas hospitals received this year's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
Although Medicar e's Accountable Care Organizations have improved quality and netted savings, they must improve their patient engagement strategies, acco rding to a Brookings Institution blog post.
Forensic nurses play a critical role in helping victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault, thus making the specialization of the fastest-growing in nursing. But despite the comfort these professionals offer patients and the value they provide hospitals, the forensic nursing profession may be endangered by a lack of people willing to do the job and a low perceived need for hospitals to hire them.
Patients are increasingly using technology to share their health information with family or friends, and access to information is causing them to pay better attention to their care, according to a recent study.
The head of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system in Pittsburgh was fired Thursday for unspecified conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending, the Washington Post reports.
Creating a learning healthcare system will require more closely aligning the tools, teams and goals of clinical decision support (CDS) and clinical quality measures (CQM) efforts, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz. The Office of the National Coordinator has released a paper outlining its 10-year vision for harnessing health IT for quality improvement, which it describes as interdependent with its efforts to achieve interoperability.