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2010 News & Features

  • Preventing the Inappropriate Use of Prescription Drugs

    December 1, 2010 - Prescription drug use continues to climb in the United States. The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that the number of prescriptions paid for increased 39 percent from 1999 to 2009, during which time the country’s population grew by just 9 percent. Many healthcare experts would like to reverse this t...

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  • Everything Old Is New Again: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grow Up

    November 10, 2010 - Some of the names might be familiar: Linus Pauling, Robert Rodale, Adele Lewis and Euell Gibbons. Many are not. Despite being dismissed as “New Agers” by practitioners of traditional Western medicine, these doctors, naturopaths, researchers and naturalists continued to write and lecture about achi...

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  • Hospital-affiliated Wellness Centers on the Rise

    November 10, 2010 - What if hospitals were more than just treatment centers, providing ways to help people improve their overall health and avoid getting sick in the first place? That scenario is becoming more common as hospitals and health systems across the country are operating wellness or fitness centers open to t...

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  • Creating Healing Environments Through Better Hospital Design

    October 29, 2010 - What if the place everyone expects will make them better actually makes them sick instead? And it’s not because of nosocomial infections.

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  • New Disease Registry Provides Real-time Information to Improve Patient Outcomes

    October 22, 2010 - What if physicians didn’t have to wait for the latest medical research and disease tracking statistics to be published and disseminated through traditional channels? What if they could instead find real-time information online, compare cases and learn of successes from other medical facilities, and...

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  • Physicians Say Many Practice, Policy and Social Changes are Harmful to their Profession: Survey

    October 20, 2010 - Physicians are pessimistic about the future of the profession due to a convergence of changes in the medical practice environment, leading to overall dissatisfaction and professional burnout, according to a recent survey of nearly 9,000 physicians across the country.

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  • Telehealth Successes in Patient Health Management

    September 16, 2010 - The country’s aging population is living longer with chronic conditions, thus straining a healthcare system facing nurse and physician shortages. Many home care providers and health plans are turning to home electronic monitoring to achieve better patient outcomes.

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  • Nurse Staffing Bills Could Change Decision-making Roles

    September 9, 2010 - How many nurses does your facility plan for in each unit? The answer to that question may soon be decided by the nurses themselves, at least in part. A new bill before Congress would involve direct care nurses in making more of the staffing decisions in their hospitals if it becomes law.

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  • Working Conditions Similar at Magnet and Non-Magnet Hospitals

    September 3, 2010 - American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Magnet Recognition recognizes healthcare organizations providing nursing excellence, but that does not necessarily mean better working conditions for nurses, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing...

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  • Five Ethical Challenges in Healthcare

    July 7, 2010 - Providing good patient care and avoiding harm are the cornerstones of ethical practice. Healthcare workers want to do the right thing, but it isn’t always clear how they should proceed. Every situation is somewhat different, and ethical dilemmas can arise even when a hospital has policies in place t...

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  • Do Not Disturb: Cutting Down on Interruptions for Doctors and Nurses

    May 24, 2010 - Call lights, phone calls, alarm bells, colleagues just wanting a minute of your time: interruptions have become a way of life for physicians and nurses on the front lines of healthcare delivery. Yet research shows interruptions can be dangerous. Several organizations have found ways to decrease the ...

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  • Hospitals Turning to Lean Six Sigma for Performance Improvement

    February 12, 2010 - In these tough economic times, more and more hospitals are turning to industry-proven Lean Six Sigma business management strategies to enhance their performance improvement efforts and reduce costs. A recent American Society for Quality (ASQ) study was the first to evaluate the implementation of Lea...

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  • Home Healthcare Industry Needs Plan to Solve Workforce Shortages

    February 3, 2010 - While home healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, ongoing national shortages of nurses, physicians, advanced practitioners, and therapists may reduce companies’ ability to hire the people they need to meet patient demand.

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