Three of four nurses surveyed said the use of tele-ICU tools improved care and helped them do their jobs more effectively. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
A survey of more than 400 patients found most prefer to access test results through secure patient portals rather than over the phone or via fax. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Care doesn’t end when a patient leaves the hospital. Thanks to advances in technology, the term “care team” now extends far beyond doctors and nurses. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
According to HIMSS Analytics, more providers are adopting telemedicine in 2015 than in previous years. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually in the U.S. healthcare industry — an average of more than 1,000 per day. A sharps-related injury is a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or other sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or body fluids. By Dave Hurton, Key Account Director, MedSafe
Healthcare providers face an operational paradox — scarce resources are both overbooked and underutilized at the same time. The result? Long patient waiting times, frustrated patients, and unhappy nurses. With the growing demand for healthcare and not so promising supply of staff, there’s only one way to deal with it: Do more with less. That’s easier said than done, isn’t it? But what if I told you that by doing just one thing right you can serve more patients, lower patient waiting times, and ensure your nurses eat lunch on time? It doesn’t involve adding more chairs or hiring more nurses — it’s as simple as playing Tetris right. That’s right, Tetris. By Jennifer Mensik, Chief Nursing Officer, LeanTaaS
AMN Healthcare recently released its 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses. This research included input from nearly 9,000 RNs on topics ranging from retirement, education, and emerging roles. A number of the findings struck me, the following two especially:
That leaves us with the most experienced nurses nearing retirement and the majority of remaining nurses not feeling overjoyed with their jobs, although they love nursing. This points to an overwhelming need to improve conditions for care staff. Typically, the top dissatisfier for staff are staffing/scheduling issues, e.g., being short, having to float, having shifts cancelled, and being recruited constantly to pick up additional shifts. One of the solutions to this critical concern is a combination of technology and workforce strategies that can provide more certainty with staffing, greater work-life balance, and increased time with patients. By Chris Fox, president, Avantas
Eldercare is not a particularly sexy branch of the healthcare world, but it’s increasingly becoming more important. The senior population in the U.S. is booming – census data shows that the 65-plus population will exceed 79 million in 2030. And as the senior population continues to grow, the health of seniors continues to decrease as compared to prior generations. All this begs the question: How can we handle caring for seniors in the U.S.? By Wolf Shlagman, founder and CEO, Care Angel
There’s a reason text messaging is quickly becoming common in the work- place: It’s quick; it’s to the point; it saves time. But for all the considerable benefits, traditional text messaging has severe security limitations – the sender cannot be assured of the privacy and confidentiality of messages. This risk poses an even greater threat in organizations where regular communications contain confidential or industry-regulated information.
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