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IHI announces health improvement coalition

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new coalition to improve broader patient health by working at the community level.

Ebola outbreak could cost affected nations $32B

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could come with a $32 billion price tag, according to a report from the World Bank.

Heavy antibiotic use in acute care facilities could lead to drug-resistant infections

Despite a push at hospitals around the country and the world to combat rising antibiotic resistance, a new study finds hospitals give patients antibiotics that are more likely to promote drug resistance.

Walgreens, VA partner to give veterans more access to vaccinations

Walgreens and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to improve care coordination for veterans by providing flu and other CDC-approved vaccinations.

Nurse-led intervention program didn't improve readmission rates or reduce ER visits

A nurse-led intervention program aimed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients didn't improve 30-day readmission rates, according to a study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Study: Electronic messaging should be part of physicians' job description

As participation in patient portals grows, so, too, does the number of electronic messages sent between patients and physicians, showing a need for reimbursement and clinical structures that allow physicians to make use of the tool, according to a study published this month in  Health Affairs.

Providers, officials double down on Ebola precautions

In the wake of the death of the patient with the first case of Ebola in the United States and the errors that led to his initial misdiagnosis, healthcare providers and other institutions plan to step up their safeguards against the virus.

Wireless device increases nurse response time

A Wisconsin-based healthcare organization is tapping a mobile nurse calling system in a quest to drive more open communication between patients and care providers, as well as gain operational cost efficiencies, according to a  Healthcare Informatics  article.

HR tip: Harness the power of self-awareness

It's not uncommon for healthcare organizations to use personality tests or other predictive screening tools to determine whether a candidate truly possesses the mindset they want among...

Hospitalized patients show poor hand-washing habits

Hospitals around the country focus efforts on improving employees' hand-hygiene compliance, but may want to spend time encouraging hospitalized patients to wash their hands, according to a new study published in  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology