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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 5 key quotes from NPSF president on patient safety culture

    Tejal Gandhi, MD, president and CEO of National Patient Safety Foundation spoke in a video posted on Hospitals & Health Networks Daily about the importance of instituting a culture of 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. FDA issues proposed healthcare antiseptics rule — 4 notes

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule with regard to healthcare antiseptics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 4 points on CDC's rare vaccinia infection report

    A Boston laboratory employee became infected with a vaccinia virus from a needlestick accidental stabbing. The man was vaccinated 10 months prior, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota's report on a recent study in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 4 key points on artificial joint infections

    A patient who experienced swelling and infection after knee replacement usually has two choices: take penicillin or have another surgery.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 6 things to know about physician who solved infection mystery

    Ankit Bharat, MD, of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, promised the sister of his patient who had died from a rare infection called sarcoidosis after lung transplant surgery that he would "get to the bottom" of it.  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. Physician office injection leads to hep. C: 4 things to know

    The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department recommends former patients of a Santa Barbara (Calif.) physician get tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV after a department investigation and inspections revealed "multiple infection control breaches" by the clinic leading to the closure of the medical office.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Can surveillance improve healthcare worker safety? CDC thinks so

    Surveillance may be the answer to improving safety and reducing healthcare worker injuries, according to a recent report by the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Augmenting a gas naturally in our bodies fights RSV infection

    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found hydrogen sulfide reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Emory's "Team Ebola" to receive patient safety award

    "Team Ebola" at Emory University Hospital Serious Communicable Disease Unit in Atlanta will receive the National Patient Safety Foundation's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for their care of patients critically ill with Ebola.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. 5 parasites that have travelled the world

    Certain social and economic factors have resulted in dangerous parasites appearing in new countries and parts of the world.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. The health risks of antibacterial soap

    Antibacterial soaps could hold health concerns for adults and especially for kids, reports Time.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. PCORI board approves $120M+ for 34 comparative effectiveness research studies

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute board of governors approved more than $120 million to fund 34 patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research studies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Experimental Ebola drug proves effective in animal studies

    A drug named TKM Ebola has proved effective in primates who had been infected, reports Time.    By Brandon Howard -
  5. Dr. Michael O'Boyle receives patient safety award

    Orthopedic trauma surgeon Michael O'Boyle, MD, of Richmond, Va.,-based Bon Secours Medical Group, received the Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Award in the Caregiver category at the South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium, reports Greenville Business Magazine.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. Saint Mary's College student tests positive for bacterial meningitis

    A case of bacterial meningitis has hospitalized a Saint Mary's College student, who tested positive for the contagious infection.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. NPSF DAISY Awards recognize extraordinary nurses

    The National Patient Safety Foundation's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses will be conferred to one individual and one team.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. International group of healthcare systems begin project to improve patient safety

    Sixteen international health systems have begun a year-long project called the Safer Care Accelerator. The project will gather and share data with the goal to design systems to improve patient safety, according to a report from CMAJ.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. Alcohol-based disinfectant vs. hand washing: Which fights noroviruses better?

    A study in The Journal of Hospital Infection, "Reducing viral contamination from finger pads: handwashing is more effective than alcohol-based hand disinfectants," concluded washing hands with soap and water is a better option than using alcohol-based disinfectants to remove noroviruses.  By Brandon Howard -

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