One reason for the widespread problem of diagnostic errors is the pressure clinicians are under to avoid unnecessary tests and control healthcare costs, according to a leading healthcare expert who was one of the reviewers of the recent Institute of Medicine report that revealed most people will experience a misdiagnosis at some point in their lives.
Medical teams at the University of Virginia Medical Center find that pausing for a few moments after a patient dies helps them accept the loss and experience less emotional trauma.
Geisinger Health System, a Pennsylvania physician-led hospital system serving predominantly rural coal country, has emerged as a care-coordination model for the nation and CEO David Feinberg told The Wall Street Journal he hopes the strategies will one day be so successful that the system will close its hospitals.
Texting supportive reminders regarding lifestyle choices to patients with heart disease can help improve treatment results, reveals a new study; however, further research is needed to determine if such benefits continue once the texting stops.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched a massive database that will include cost information from all 36 of its participating health plans.
While medical school curriculums are beginning to make changes to better prepare physicians for the realities of healthcare today, practicing physicians are left to their own devices to hone several of these skills.
Hospitals that use their infectious disease specialists only to reduce hospital-acquired infections and prevent the spread of contagious diseases aren't maximizing their full potential, according to a blog post at Hospital & Health Networks Daily.
As innovation becomes an increasingly vital part of the healthcare landscape amid rapid change within the industry, several obstacles may keep efforts at innovation from taking off, according to Executive Insight.
Online communication via a patient portal was a preferred follow-up method for surgery patients, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Health insurers have taken the trend of payer-provider collaboration a step further, adding more nurses to their ranks than ever before.