If you "like" a hospital on Facebook, does that mean you're a satisfied patient? A study from the American Journal of Medical Quality set out to assess whether Facebook "likes" were associated with hospital quality and patient satisfaction.
Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that hospitals are making headway in reducing healthcare-associated infections, a new study finds that for those on the front lines, their organizations' technology doesn't support them in their jobs. In fact, according to researchers, hospital-based infection preventionists often unaware of whether their organization was involved in an HIE.
The safety of electronic health records, imaging technology and alarms all are seen as significant issues that should be top of mind for healthcare executives in 2013, according to a new report unveiled this week by the ECRI Institute.
Traditional models of informed consent haven't kept up with a world of Facebook, patient forums and blogs, write bioethicists in an essay published this week in Science Translational Medicine .
The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association issued a statement this week in support of the recently released Bipartisan Policy Center report on patient safety, noting that patient safety is a "shared responsibility of all stakeholders."
On the heels of CIO Roger Baker's resignation last week, Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin told FedScoop this week that he, too, will resign, effective March 1.
While most healthcare CIOs recently interviewed about their challenges and concerns by consulting firm Deloitte said that they were comfortable with their organization's preparedness regarding ICD-10 and Meaningful Use efforts, they also said that foundational ground work regarding security and optimization of systems is needed to move forward on future endeavors.
Coming to grips with electronic health record incompatibility and determining which patient data represents the most value to providers are among several best practices a recently convened panel of health IT experts said could improve health information exchange efforts.
Image-analysis software designed to help astronomers pick out indistinct objects in the night sky has proven adept at flagging biomarkers of aggressive breast cancer, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge.
When it comes to selecting a pediatrician, most parents favor word-of-mouth recommendations to help guide their choice, according to new research. However, online patient reviews or ratings play a smaller yet significant role in parents' selection process as well--and will likely increase in the future.