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Perspectives on Improving Patient Care in the Office

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As part of our commitment to the healthcare industry and its players, we like to share the latest news and developments. In March 2011, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) held its 12th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community. The purpose of the event was to help… Read more »

What Factors Should You Measure When Evaluating Patient Flow?

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When patients visit emergency rooms or outpatient clinics in need of medical attention, effective patient flow facilitates the timely care of patients and avoids a bottleneck that can disrupt more than one department of the hospital. Patient flow encompasses the systematic process of attending to patients, from the time they walk into a medical facility… Read more »

Improving ER Patient Flow

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Patients aren’t the only ones who worry that their hospital’s emergency room (ER) is too busy to deliver reliable, prompt care. A majority of hospital leaders worry about the same thing. In a recent survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, most administrators named overcrowding in the ER as one of their top… Read more »

Healthcare Reform – What It Could Mean for Hospitals

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Since President Obama signed the healthcare reform bill into law in March 2010, medical professionals and organizations have been wondering: “how will this bill affect us?” Will the changes in hospitals be for better or for worse? The jury is still out, but there is no doubt that most hospitals will face major financial and… Read more »

EHRs – The New Threat to HIPAA

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What would you do if you discovered an employee in your organization was violating your patients’ privacy rights? It’s happening more frequently, as the portability and availability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have made it easier for medical professionals and staff to violate HIPAA laws. Despite legally mandated protections of patient information, there has been… Read more »

Healthcare Industry CEOs Retiring in Record Numbers

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While CEO turnover rates in most other industries fell in 2009, the turnover rate for hospital CEOs increased, rising to 18 percent nationwide. Up from 14 percent in 2008, this upsurge marks the highest turnover rate since 1999 and ties the all-time record high since the American College of Healthcare Executives began compiling turnover statistics… Read more »

Eliminate Burnout

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Has your life become too complicated? Between telephones, cell phones, voicemail, e-mail, and text messaging, we’ve never been more accessible–and more prone to interruption. Add job and family responsibilities, and it’s enough to make you feel overwhelmed! Here are some ways you can eliminate burnout and get back on track: 1. Practice extreme self-care. When… Read more »

Stop Losing Your Best People

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As the economy begins to pick back up, your top performers may end up getting offers from other companies. In past downturns and recoveries, many talented people jumped ship, especially when they perceived there was more opportunity elsewhere. So what can you do to retain your best people? The key is to identify your top… Read more »