Patient Care & Outcomes

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Beacon communities attaining 'clinical transformation' with health IT

The Beacon communities have done a good job in building and expanding their use of electronic health records and other health technologies to improve their clinical practices, according to a recently published report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Americans have conflicting thoughts on drug prices

Americans have deeply conflicted views about the pharmaceutical sector, grateful that the prescription medications help improve their health, but generally skeptical as to the reasons behind their cost increases, according to a new tracking poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Medical marijuana: Hospitals often caught in debate between state, federal laws

The case of a hospital patient in Maine who was denied medical marijuana highlights how hospitals and some patients are entangled in the debate between state and federal medical marijuana laws, according to an article in the  Portland Press Herald.

'Cowboy' doctors account for a lot of unnecessary care, Medicare expenditures

So-called "cowboy doctors"--clinicians who provide intensive, but unnecessary care--account for more than a third of all Medicare expenditures at the end of life and 12 percent of all Medicare expenditures overall, according to a new study by Harvard University researchers.

It's much cheaper to have a baby at home than at the hospital

Although Canada has a single-payer healthcare and much lower costs than the United States, researchers there still found giving birth at home makes better financial sense than at a hospital.

Collaboration is the best medicine for mHealth

There are many reasons mobile healthcare is being propelled forward. Smartphone advancements are laying a strong foundation for healthcare device development; app makers are innovating on monitoring; and tracking software and providers are piloting new tools at their facilities. These all make for good headlines, but one trend that often doesn't get as much attention is the collaborative trifecta: when tech vendors, platform builders and providers all are part of an effort.

About 1 in 3 jobs are vacant at 9 regional Veterans Affairs' health systems

About one in three jobs are vacant at nine of the regional Veterans Affairs healthcare systems  in the United States, leaving veterans weeks to get care,  USA Today  reports

EHRs critical to 'learning health system' model

Electronic health records can help create network based learning health systems to integrate chronic care management, quality improvement and research, according to a study published in the August edition of  eGEMS (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

Hurricane Katrina and its impact on healthcare: 10 years after the storm

Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the shores of the United States and devastated New Orleans. The superstorm caused flooding, power outages, supply shortages, knocked out communications and left a million people displaced with little access to healthcare. 

How mobile technology could change the patient-provider relationship

Today's smartphones soon could be integral to the relationship between patients and providers, according to Erin Byrne, managing partner and chief engagement officer at Grey Healthcare Group.