Search Tag: Hospitals

Executive Health Management

How Productive are Patient Satisfaction Surveys?

2015 20 Jun

According to a recent report from The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan research institute, patient satisfaction surveys may be doing more harm than good. While the intention of patient satisfaction surveys may be to evaluate the performance of an organisation or a service, the report suggests that the survey may end up increasing the cost of healthcare... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospitals Not Making Enough Effort to Prevent C. difficile Infections

2015 29 Apr

According to a survey of a national random sample of hospitals, nearly half of American hospitals aren't taking the steps required to prevent a gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more. The survey was conducted by a team from the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System... Read more

IT Management

Healthcare Data Breaches

2014 07 Sep

There have been several news stories recently related to sophisticated data breaches of confidential data in hospitals and healthcare organisations. Early this year, two healthcare organisations lost tens of thousands of data records because of lost USB flash drives and data sticks. The extent of data breaches was large enough to cause the HIPAA to... Read more

Executive Health Management

VTE No Measure for Hospital Quality

2014 18 Aug

The rate of Venous Thromboembolism Events (VTE) is a key measure used by the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assess a hospital's quality performance. A recent study, however, suggests that VTE may not reflect quality at all. Instead, it directly reflects how frequently a hospital conducts imaging tests to diagnose the condition. The more tests,... Read more

Cardiology Management

EMS System Can Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest

2014 29 Jul

A new emergency medicine system that sent patients to designated cardiac reviving centres increased the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrests dramatically. The study was conducted with patients in Arizona and has been published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.  The study was conducted through the Save Hearts Arizona Registry and Education-SHARE... Read more

Executive Health Management

Economist Says Hospitals Will Drive Growth in Europe

2014 24 Jun

The European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) will welcome best-selling author and economist Leo Nefiodow as the keynote speaker at its 25th EAHM Congress in September. Nefiodow wrote ‘The Sixth Kondratiev’, which discusses how healthcare will be the next economic growth vehicle, and addresses the changing role of hospitals as growth... Read more

IMAGING Management

'My Hospital' Films Educate Learning-Disabled Patients

2014 23 Jun

Newcastle Hospitals have teamed with a community arts organisation to produce a series of films to educate learning-disabled people about what to expect as they prepare for hospital appointments which include radiology tests. Each film in the ‘My Hospital’ series features people with learning disabilities, along with their caregivers and hospital radiologists,... Read more

Executive Health Management

Cross-Clinic Exchange of IT Experience Could Empower European Hospitals

2014 10 Jun

Information technology improves efficiency in a hospital setting, but the establishment of a modern IT infrastructure can come at a considerable cost in terms of time and financial resources. In countries affected by economic crises, where basic provisions are already in short supply, possibilities may be further constrained by prohibitively-priced... Read more

IT Management

Study: Clinical Leadership Vital to IT Adoption and Competency

2014 03 Jun

Healthcare organisations, which adopt new information technology (IT), should rely on clinical leaders with technical informatics and IT project management skills for its successful implementation, according to a study published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Process improvements and quality care ultimately depend on the attentive... Read more

Executive Health Management

Study: SBAR Tool Improves Team Communication

2014 03 Jun

A team of Canadian researchers investigating the use of a communication tool within an acute healthcare organisation reports that dialogues improved among staff and between staff, patients and their families. Communication was evaluated before and after implementation of the tool, with participants self-reporting their levels of satisfaction. Leadership... Read more