Patient Care & Outcomes

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Patients, providers overwhelmingly believe mHealth tools boost quality of life

An overwhelming number of patients and providers see mobile healthcare as a promising tool helping in both prevention and treatment of healthcare-related issues, according to a recent study.

AHA calls for changes in hospital readmission penalties

The American Hospital Association has joined those who want to alter the Hospital Readmissions and Reduction Program to avoid penalizing facilities for readmission factors beyond their control.  

Close patient-staff interactions drive MRSA transmission

Close-proximity interactions involving patients and hospital staff drove transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in Berck-sur-Mer Hospital, a long-term care facility in France, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Workflow system improves outcomes, efficiency, patient engagement

A new workflow optimization system piloted at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center could significantly benefit both doctors and patients, according to a study published in the Physician Leadership Journal.

How teamwork, trust and improved communication reduce mistakes in the ER

It's so easy to think you've communicated a message clearly. After all, you understand the instructions, so it only stands to reason that the person receiving them must also understand what...

ACHE 2015: KentuckyOne CEO describes efforts to serve the underserved

Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health, may now run an organization that serves a quarter of Kentucky's 4 million people, but her nursing background and experience growing up in a Georgia town...

Most patients don't visit nearest ER

Fewer than half of emergency department visits are to the patient's local emergency room, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Latino enrollment key to healthcare reform success

While the  Affordable Care Act has provided 16.4 million Americans with health insurance, one demographic continues to face challenges when it comes to accessing care. Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the country, but they are also the most underserved by both insurers and providers.

ACOs could meet both payment reform, population health needs

Accountable care organizations represent a rare opportunity for states to meet both their population health and payment reform needs, according to a new study by the Milbank Memorial Fund. 

Gawker examines variations in surgical prices by city

Prices for common medical procedures at hospitals vary widely by city, according to a new examination by the online publication  Gawker.