Special deals negotiated by group purchasing organizations for their members helped drive down prices for anesthesia systems in the second quarter, but the 19% average decline from a year ago will be temporary, experts say.
U.S. hospitals are evaluated on their ability to reduce the incidence of infections patients acquire during their stays, but there's surprisingly little evidence suggesting the best method to disinfect surfaces in patient rooms.
The average price providers paid for digital mammography systems was up 22% between February and April, compared with the same period last year, fueled by increasing interest in 3-D systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
The average price paid for CT scanners was down 20.9% in the first quarter this year, driven by increased interest in lower-end scanners, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
Miscalculated drug dosages because of confusion when patients' weights are converted from pounds to kilograms are common. EHRs, which may contain default values or rely on both the metric system and English units of measurements, are aggravating the problem.
The average price that healthcare facilities paid for electric beds was 45% higher in February compared with the same month last year. The increase was fueled by interest in beds designed for intensive-care units, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
Alarm fatigue and missing or incomplete electronic health-record data are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from ECRI Institute.
The average cost of angiography systems dropped 25% in January compared with the same month last year, as buyers showed less interest in purchasing higher-end systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
The median prices for selected costly hospital products dipped in 2014 as hospital supply-chain leaders continued to negotiate tougher deals and clamp down on physician-preference items.
Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.
Holy Cross Hospital's investment in an eight-bed Seniors Emergency Center in Silver Spring, Md., increased hospital visits.
A growing number of hospitals are buying robots that kill bacteria such as C-difficile as they seek new tools to stop costly and deadly hospital-acquired infections. But there are questions about how best to use the new disinfection robots.