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  1. Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US: 7 things to know

    A man died yesterday of the rare disease Lassa fever after returning from Liberia to the United States, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention statement.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Hospitals use new techniques to monitor patients: 5 key notes

    Hospitals are using new strategies to monitor patients at all hours, and are looking for dangerous signs of decomposition in patients.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. The emotional impact of a medical error

    A survey of 265 nurses and physicians from the United Kingdom and United States found that they feel "professional and personal disruption after an error," according to a recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety.  By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

There is a huge paradigm shift going on that has moved the power of information from the practice to the patient.  77% of individuals are searching for a reputable doctor online and 1/3 of consumers trust the internet as a reliable source for healthcare information.
  1. 12 California hospitals pay $775k in penalties from California Department of Public Health

    The California Department of Public Health fined 12 hospitals after they found issues that caused or could cause serious harm to patients, according to a DPH statement.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Biggest hazards facing ASCs: 3 leaders share opinions

    Whether your surgery center is a joint venture, has been recently acquired, or is independently operated, one thing all ASCs have in common is hazard control and prevention protocol.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Johns Hopkins moves to stop procedures that are performed infrequently: 4 things to know

    Following a recent U.S. News & World Report finding that small-volume hospitals pose a greater risk to patients, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, along with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and the University of Michigan, is trying to establish "minimum-volume standards," in an attempt to stop physicians from performing procedures they do infrequently, reports Baltimore Business Journal.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 35 new cases of Ebola, says WHO: 5 things to know on latest outbreaks

    The week to May 17 saw the highest weekly total of confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in over a month, according to a World Health Organization report.  By Brandon Howard -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

Patient safety, patient experience, and innovation demands mean that talent is more important than ever. Building a more efficient and effective approach to selecting the right candidates is one way for HR to make a direct contribution to the organization's broader goals and bottom line.
  1. 4 notes of Centura Health's online pricing and quality tool

    Englewood, Colo.-based health system Centura Health is offering consumers the ability to compare pricing and quality online, reports Summit Daily. This solution is aimed at meeting the consumer's goal to make informed, value-based decisions.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. APIC and SHEA "strongly agree" with FDA's ruling on healthcare antiseptic products: 5 key notes

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for additional safety and effectiveness data for certain ingredients in antiseptic products that are used in healthcare facilities, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America support the call, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Higher risks at smaller hospitals, says report: 5 things to know

    In small-volume hospitals, patients face greater risks because the surgeons perform too few procedures, even common operations such as joint replacements, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report.    By Brandon Howard -
  4. Method to prevent pediatric medical errors: 4 things to know

    Authors of a new study on reducing pediatric harm developed a Pediatric All-Cause Harm Management Tool to detect if "an adverse event may have occurred," during medical practice according to a Med Page Today report.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. IOM: 15 core areas physicians can focus on to provide true quality

    The Institute of Medicine has released a report on the core metrics for healthcare progress. Here are 15 core measures physicians can focus on in the midst of the push for value-based care. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. US patient satisfaction plummets, index says: 4 things to know

    The American Customer Satisfaction Index, produced by the University of Michigan, shows patient satisfaction for healthcare services hit a national nine-year low, reports  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Who actually knows what a malpractice settlement consists of? 5 things to know

    An academic health system with a stated commitment to patient safety and transparency used nondisclosure agreements in most malpractice settlements with very little standardization or consistency, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. How Indiana hospitals improve patient safety, save money post-ACA: 9 notes on Partnerships for Patients program

    Under the Partnerships for Patients program, a component of an effort funded by the ACA, the government has been encouraging hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs. The Indiana Hospital Association received a grant which allowed them to hire more staff and to work to improve patient safety in 11 areas, according to an Indianapolis Business Journal report.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. Ebola found in American physicians' eye after being cleared: 4 things to know

    Even after a patient recovers from Ebola, the virus can still exist for months in their eyeballs, researchers found in a report published in New England Journal of Medicine.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. 5 things to know about disinfecting robot's performance at Renown Health

    Reno, Nev.,-based Renown Health has introduced four Xenex "germ-zapping" robots as part of their infection prevention protocols and to enhance quality patient care.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. Not just your hands, wash your beard: 4 notes on beard hygiene

    An Albuquerque, N.M., television station had samples of beard swabs sent to a Quest Diagnostics location for examination and found 'fecal like' bacteria which surprised microbiologist John Golobic.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. Virginia Health Information publishes new quality measures: 4 things to know

    Nonprofit healthcare transparency advocate organization Virginia Health Information has published new measures aimed to help the state make informed healthcare choices.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. 5 notes on quality & safety in Florida hospitals

    Hospital Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group reveal 'almost half' of the general, acute-care hospitals in the state of Florida have received an "A" rating, reports Health News Florida.  By Brandon Howard -

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