Quality and Safety

By Arien Malec 10:32 am April 18, 2016
Starting in 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will change how they pay physicians in a profound way. Unfortunately, the details are complicated and confusing, and many of the particulars have yet to be worked out, which has led many healthcare leaders to glaze over the details and focus on more immediate concerns.
By David Butler, MD 04:10 pm February 23, 2016
Healthcare can learn a lot from the finance and retail sectors, but there is another industry that hasn't been mentioned where healthcare, particularly electronic health record systems, can take some notes: the gaming industry.
By Mac McMillan 11:16 am February 23, 2016
Last week we all read another sobering account of the disruption that cyber incidents can cause. The ransomware attack at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was despicable in its nature and alarming in it what it says about the overall preparedness of healthcare to deflect these threats.
By Marc Probst 09:20 am February 11, 2016
Electronic health records are typically touted as providing two primary and vital services: readily accessible patient records and protection against contraindicated medications. But Intermountain Healthcare is benefiting from a growing and transformative versatility in the application of its EHRs.
By Mac McMillan 10:12 am January 11, 2016
The real enemies of good cybersecurity -- and its closely related cousin, patient safety -- are often intangible: apathy, ignorance and indecision. Not the many threats we face today.
By Josh Amer 07:20 am December 17, 2015
Rather than looking at other consumer-oriented industries' tactics, looking at strategies and processes can give us better insight into what will make a greater impact on the future of the healthcare experience.
By Thomas Grove 02:50 pm December 15, 2015
IT professionals must be trusted partners in hospitals' solutions, not perpetrators of needless mistakes and risk. The following tips should be top of mind before starting on your hospital's IT implementation or upgrade project.
By Mike Lovett 08:45 am December 09, 2015
Even though risk-bearing arrangements give rise to the need for efficiency improvements and other cost-saving measures, profitable ACOs understand that prioritizing patient care around outcomes improvement is the overarching strategy that delivers the greatest return.
By Jamo Rubin, MD 09:01 am November 30, 2015
To achieve the Triple Aim, healthcare leaders often target their attention first on processes that directly impact their bottom line. However, today's increasingly value-based environment requires health systems to expand their focus from processes of care to improving patients' experience of care.
By Irv Lichtenwald 11:52 am November 12, 2015
Of the roughly 40,000 health apps available for smartphone, there are about 800 apps oriented around mental health. So, if the key to effective therapy, as most professionals argue, is human interaction, can apps provide any benefit at all?

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