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How data is the cornerstone of population health management [Special Report]

Population health management has the power to transform healthcare, but that won't happen without robust data and use of analytics.   In this exclusive special report,  FierceHealthIT  takes a look at how data is impacting population health initiatives at these organizations, challenges the tsunami of data in healthcare brings with it and what the future of population health looks like. Report

How community health workers can prevent the next Ebola

Developing a large cadre of highly trained community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa is key to stemming future outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola as well as achieving universal healthcare, according to a new report by international healthcare experts and African leaders.

Housing for homeless patients could cut inappropriate ER use, readmissions

Hospitals should prioritize housing for homeless patients to prevent inappropriate emergency care and unnecessary readmissions, according to a  Health Affairs  blog post.

Superbugs make hospital leaders rethink supply chain

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are one of the top threats to patient safety within healthcare, but hospital leaders must also consider the threat when managing the supply chain, according to  Healthcare Finance News.

Pediatric quality survey tool captures inpatient care experience

Although hospitals often survey adult inpatients and family members about their hospital experience as a measure of care quality under the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, it's been difficult to capture information about the experience at children's hospitals because until now there hasn't been a publicly available standardized measure to collect, evaluate and share information about children's hospital experience.

Massive funding increase fuels expansion of PCORI 'network of networks'

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced new funding of nearly $142.5 million to expand its national "network of networks" known as PCORnet to advance patient-centered clinical research.

Debate continues whether insurers comply with ACA's transgender-coverage mandate

The Affordable Care Act mandates that health insurance companies cannot deny coverage to transgender individuals or those who are going through the reassignment process, but r ecently there's been debate whether insurers actually comply with this provision. 

Bill would block Massachusetts insurers from sharing private health info

A recently introduced bill in the Massachusetts legislature would prevent insurers from sharing private health information with anyone except the patient it concerns when several people are covered through one plan.

An 8-step strategy to improve hand-hygiene compliance

Although proper hand-hygiene is considered the most important measure to prevent the spread of infections, nearly 1 in 4 hospitals fail to fully comply with recommended guidelines. But a new guide by the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology aims to change that and help hospitals boost compliance.  

The pros and cons of smartphones in the operating room

Although smartphones can be a major asset in the operating room for doctors and nurses to look up quick information, they can also distract clinicians, according to The Atlantic.