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  1. Dr. Sandra K. Hanneman joins PPAH's advisory board: 3 things to know

    Sandra K Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN, has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety's advisory board.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Using data to increase patient engagement — 5 notes

    Physicians are bearing more financial responsibility in terms of patient outcomes and thus should take measures to ensure patients are making healthy lifestyle choices. A recent study by athenahealth analyzed ways patients and physician practices use technology to communicate, according to the Harvard Business Review.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Prioritizing patient protection over data collection — 5 notes

    A new study discovered infection preventionists spend a large portion of their time collecting and reporting infection data to federal health agencies, according to APIC.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. Possible treatment to protect against Marburg and Ebola viruses — 7 things to know

    Researchers have identified a new antibody providing potential protection against Marburg and Ebola, according to Medical News Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Thailand's first case of MERS cleared of virus — 5 facts to know

    The 75-year-old patient has been cleared of the deadly MERS virus as of Monday, according to the Huffington Post.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. World MRSA Day & Global C. difficile Summit to be held in September: 5 key notes

    MRSA Survivors Network announced that the 7th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global C. difficile Summit will be held on Sept. 26 in Hinsdale, Ill.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. National Research launches online resource center: 4 key takeaways

    National Research has created a resource center for healthcare organizations looking to implement transparency programs.  By Brandon Howard -

Total joints in an ASC: Protocols for success

The current healthcare industry is requiring institutions to manage change and control shifting costs all while driving organizational efficiency. A specific shift, in total joint procedures, to Ambulatory Surgery Centers, is a new frontier for many surgeons and organizations.
  1. BlackBerry may develop bacteria-free smartphone for healthcare industry: 4 quick facts

    BlackBerry is considering developing a bacteria-free smartphone for healthcare facilities, according to a Bloomberg Business report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 7 things to know about West Nile found in South Carolina

    West Nile has been detected in Richland County in South Carolina, according to Fox 8.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. UAB Medicine implements AthenaCoordinator, aim to improve coordination in ambulatory care — 4 key notes

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham, which includes UAB Health System, and athenahealth will work together as UAB Medicine is implementing the athenaCoordinator Enterprise patient access services, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Important steps to implement infection control practices in ASCs

    Implementing proper infection control practices is crucial for any ambulatory surgical center. By Sports and Spine Orthopaedics -
  1. 6 notes on how overuse of services may increase cost of US healthcare

    Ted Melnick, MD, MHS, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., lead a team of researchers examining issues of overuse and how this concept influences increasing healthcare costs, according to a statement.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Kenall Manufacturing introduces Continuous Environmental Disinfection light fixture—5 key notes

    Kenosha, Wis.-based lighting company Kenall Manufacturing introduced a Continuous Environmental Disinfection light fixture named Indigo-Clean, aimed to inactivate micro-organisms that cause HAIs, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Reduce fatalities: 5 things to know about medical errors

    Healthcare professionals must be diligent in updating and following medical procedures to ensure physicians do not misdiagnosis or administer the wrong treatment. Patients must also be advocates for themselves to assure they are treated correctly, according to Catching Health.    By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety elects 11 new board

    A newly-elected, 11-member board will oversee and advise activities of the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety. The SPS is a network of over 80 children's hospitals working to improve clinical quality and patient safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. House committee passes HHS funding bill that would cut AHRQ — 4 key notes

    The House Appropriations Committee approved the draft fiscal year 2016 budget for HHS, which would terminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. Cases of HIV rising in Indiana: 10 notes

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase in the number of new HIV infections in rural Indiana county, according to CNN.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. West Nile detected in mosquitoes in Indiana — 4 quick facts

    A batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile in Shelby County, Ind. No human cases have been found yet, according to FOX59.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Antibiotics may effectively treat appendicitis — 6 things to know

    Researchers in Finland published a study claiming antibiotics can effectively treat appendicitis without the need for surgery, according to the New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Do patients want to be engaged in HAI prevention & control? Study says yes

    A new study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examines patient receptiveness to attempts to increase engagement in preventing healthcare-associated infections.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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