Category Archives: Hospitals

American College of Surgeons Launch “Online” Community

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, HealthLeaders Media   4/27/2011 Surgeons rely on their peers for support, professional interaction, and advancing patient care. But when they’re working alone in a rural area, that support can be hard to come by. That’s why the … Continue reading

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STUDY: Nurse Staffing Affects Patient’s Readmission

Sylviane Duval, Health Services Research  Higher non-overtime staffing levels of registered nurses lower the probability of patient readmissions to the hospital, a new study finds. However, higher levels of RN overtime increase the likelihood of unplanned visits to emergency departments … Continue reading

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Important Meaningful Use Dates for 2011

Joseph Goedert, HealthData Management   3/24/11 From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services comes a list of important dates in the electronic health records meaningful use program during the rest of 2011: April 2011: Attestation for Medicare MU begins. … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead for Medication Reconciliation

Consumer Reports- Your caregivers say it’s time for you to leave the hospital. That’s great, but it’s no time to let down your guard. You’re actually approaching one of the most dangerous times of your hospital stay. Research suggests … Continue reading

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A Look at International EHR Best Practices: Lessons Learned

Healthcare systems around the world are endeavoring to offer better care by reducing medical errors, through better medication management, rapid access to vital and accurate information, reduced duplication of services, access to a more comprehensive picture of health to promote … Continue reading

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Use of Health IT to Manage Frequent Presenters to ER Departments

The effective and efficient management of frequently presenting emergency department (ED) patients is a challenge for many EDs. This group of patients is among the most complicated as they generally have complex medical and social maladies. Frequently presenting ED patients … Continue reading

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Obstetricians Take Big Steps to Avoid Malpractice

By Gale Scott  Crain’s New York   3/4/11 Delivering babies can be a high-stakes undertaking for hospitals, with the threat of multi-million-dollar malpractice damages when serious mishaps occur. But a team of Manhattan obstetricians says it has beaten the … Continue reading

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