Where healthcare challenges find solutions
Healthcare systems often have been slow to use limited funding on advanced technologies. Read about innovations that have added efficiencies, improved patient outcomes and curbed costs.
A number of start-ups are offering software for automating routine clinical tasks. The flurry of new products can overwhelm health systems looking for solutions that are cost-effective, reliable and safe, and can be easily integrated into their existing EHRs and workflow.
When doctors at Scripps Health began spending more than an hour a day refilling routine prescriptions, they made it clear to administrators something had to change—and fast.
The adoption of EHRs—originally touted as time-saving, streamlined methods to manage and share data—has levied an unintended tax on physicians' time. Can computers also be harnessed to help solve the problem?
Later this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will issue its first report measuring hospital productivity. It won't be good news.
Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.
President Barack Obama will renew his call for raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address this month. It's long overdue and could have a positive effect on the healthcare sector, which employs a large number of low-wage workers.
Toward the end of each year, Sharp HealthCare “occupies” the San Diego Convention Center to host its all-staff event. This gathering is the marquee event of the Sharp Experience, an all-encompassing program to engage, inspire and motivate its employees, which has helped Sharp's productivity across all categories skyrocket.
The new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics measure of hospital productivity, featured in the July 13 editorial (“New approaches needed to solve hospitals' productivity woes”) admittedly rests on a crude measure of output.
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