Patient Care & Outcomes

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VA scandal: Did officials encourage incomplete applications?

Despite numerous attempts to fix care delays in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the system's patient backlog remains high, and internal politics may be to blame, a whistleblower told the  Washington Examiner.

Common mortality measure doesn't reflect preventable hospital deaths

Standardized mortality ratios, used for decades in numerous countries, including the United States, are not an accurate reflection of preventable hospital deaths, according to a new study published in the  British Medical Journal.

Distinct newborn names cut NICU medical error rates in Montefiore study

A simple but distinct naming convention could help prevent medical errors in hospital neonatal intensive care units, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Health System in New York and published online in  Pediatrics  ahead of its August issue.

Multi-faceted home ventilation intervention reduces COPD readmissions, study finds

Non-invasive ventilation as part of a multi-faceted intervention approach successfully reduced readmission rates among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, according to a study published in the  Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Uninsured rate for Hispanic, black Americans dropped in 2014

The percentage of uninsured adults decreased for Hispanic and black Americans in 2014, though there are still inequalities in healthcare access and utilization for certain populations,  according to  data released by the Department of Health and Human Services' National Health Interview Survey.

How increased diversity will change the business of healthcare

Major social and cultural demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the business side of healthcare, according to a column published in Forbes.

Why healthcare's lack of interoperability is unethical

The current lack of interoperability between medical devices and other healthcare IT tools represents both a safety dilemma and an ethical issue, according to leaders with the Center for Medical Interoperability.

Patient transfer software helps Rush improve transitions, increase revenue

At Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in the Chicago area, a transfer record system documents every aspect of incoming patient transfers and provides data that helps the organization increase revenue and push for quality improvements, according to an article at  Health IT Analytics.

Online ratings enter the operating room

Online physician ratings have reached new heights, with the launch of two new sites that will allow consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on never-before-available information on complications rates and patient outcomes.

How honest reflection fuels performance

How often do you walk out of an exam room, a meeting with your board of directors or interaction with an employee and take the time to ask yourself, "How could that have gone better?"...