Search Tag: Quality of Care

IMAGING Management

Improving radiologist communications to maximise value in breast imaging

2017 07 Nov

There is a continuing demand to improve value in U.S. healthcare by decreasing costs and simultaneously improving quality of care. Against this backdrop, the role of the radiologist continues to evolve. The profession is shifting from volume-based to value-based reimbursement and practices, and radiologists are being asked to optimise and personalise... Read more

Executive Health Management

Patients' Rude Behaviour Linked to Poor Care

2017 24 Jan

Rude behaviour of patients and their relatives can have negative effects on the performance of medical teams resulting in poor care, according to a study by University of Florida researchers. While much has been written about the need to put an end to some doctors’ rude and bullying behaviour, the new study shows the need for patients and families to... Read more

Health Management

Standardizing Quality of Care

2016 13 Nov

How and Why Standardization Can Help Healthcare Providers Improve Quality and Increase Efficiency   Standards can improve efficiency, particularly in complex areas such as healthcare. Standardized clinical pathways are increasingly influencing the debate about sustainable, affordable, and efficient healthcare. Proven, standardized procedures can make... Read more

Cardiology Management

Quality of Care for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

2016 26 Feb

According to a study published in JAMA Cardiology, there is significant variation among U.S. hospitals with respect to adherence to recommended care after an in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA). The study shows survival rates are much higher when hospitals adhere to these recommendations. Approximately 200,000 patients are treated for IHCA annually in... Read more

Executive Health Management

Tips: Meeting Multi-cultural Needs in Ageing Patients

2016 12 Feb

The number of older adults representing minority groups is forecasted to increase by 39 percent by 2050 as compared to 21 percent in 2012. Most of the increases are expected to be among the Asian, Native, Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations. In addition, the proportion of Hispanic adults is projected to more than double over the next 40... Read more

IT Management

Decoding Patient Cost

2016 19 Jan

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has formed a strategic partnership with Health Catalyst to develop and commercialise a hospital-based costing analysis solution. The two organisations will combine expertise and technologies to help health systems solve one of their most pressing problems — how to measure the true cost of healthcare... Read more

ICU Management

Are Single-Bed Rooms Cost-Effective?

2016 06 Jan

Single-patient rooms in the ICU may be more costly to build and operate, but the resultant cost savings from reductions in nosocomial infections outweigh the additional construction and operating expenses, according to a new study published in Journal of Critical Care.Despite recent efforts to improve healthcare quality and safety, there is still considerable... Read more

Executive Health Management

Supply Chain Costs Leading Worry for Execs

2015 27 Dec

Amidst rising cost of supplies, healthcare organisations have turned their focus on improving supply chain management to help reduce overall costs, according to a new national survey commissioned by Cardinal Health. Reducing costs is an urgent goal as hospitals shift to value-based healthcare. The supply chain is the second largest expense for healthcare... Read more

ICU Management

Having Med Students in the ER Does Not Slow Care

2015 21 Dec

As part of their training, medical students have become involved in bedside care and this has raised concerns over the possible effect on quality of care. Now, new research from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that the presence of trainees does not slow care in the emergency department (ED). The results indicate a balance between... Read more

Executive Health Management

6 Ways to Make Your Workforce More Flexible

2015 20 Dec

Healthcare workers tend to work in an environment which comes with many professional boundaries. These boundaries often limit their ability to treat and diagnose patients due to restricted access to specific skills, technologies and services. They also reduce workforce flexibility and introduce inefficiencies due to a negative impact on workforce responsiveness.  However,... Read more