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LHA Trust Funds Launches New Workplace Security Initiative

LHA Trust Funds Launches New Workplace Security Initiative

June 13, 2018 Concerned with workplace security? The LHA Trust Funds has engaged a team of security and crime prevention experts to provide security evaluations, demonstrate active shooter table top presentations and review workplace violence prevention plans as part of a new workplace security initiative. These services are offered as a value-added benefit at no cost to Members of the LHA Malprac ...Read More →

The Application Of AI To Augment Physicians And Reduce Burnout

The Application Of AI To Augment Physicians And Reduce Burnout

By Shantanu Nundy and Michael L. Hodgkins HealthAffairs September 18, 2018 Recently, there has been an explosion of interest in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to medicine. Whether explicitly or implicitly, much of this interest has centered on using AI to automate decision-making tasks that are currently done by physicians. This includes two seminal papers in the Journal of the American Med ...Read More →

Flu Season Forecasts Could Be More Accurate with Access to Health Care Companies’ Data

Flu Season Forecasts Could Be More Accurate with Access to Health Care Companies’ Data

By University of Texas at Austin Science Daily September 19, 2018 In an era when for-profit companies collect a wealth of data about us, new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that data collected by health care companies could — if made available to researchers and public health agencies — enable more accurate forecasts of when the next flu season will peak, how long ...Read More →

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

Healthcare Workers Uninformed About Cybersecurity Best Practices

By Fred Donovan Health IT Security September 18, 2018 Forty percent of healthcare workers would allow a colleague to use their work computer, displaying a disturbing lack of knowledge about cybersecurity best practices. Surprisingly, healthcare workers performed better than government workers, 60 percent of whom would allow a colleague to use their work computer, according to a survey of more than ...Read More →

Population Health Ranks High, But Not Highest, Among Top 10 Exec Concerns

Population Health Ranks High, But Not Highest, Among Top 10 Exec Concerns

By Gregory A. Freeman HealthLeaders September 19, 2018 Data analytics, comprehensive management of consumer health, and population health services were cited by healthcare leaders in a recent poll as the issues they’re most focused on for 2019. As part of an annual forum, executive participants of the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) voted on and ranked the 2019 HCEG Top 10 critical challen ...Read More →

Physician Burnout Impacts Safety, Professionalism, Patient Satisfaction

Physician Burnout Impacts Safety, Professionalism, Patient Satisfaction

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare By Christopher Cheney September 17, 2018 Physician burnout has the potential to put patient care at risk, recent research shows. The research, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found burnout increased the likelihood of patient safety incidents, care deficiencies linked to low professionalism, and lower patient satisfaction. The research examine ...Read More →

62 Clicks to Order Tylenol? What Happens When EHR Tweaks Go Bad

62 Clicks to Order Tylenol? What Happens When EHR Tweaks Go Bad

American Medical Association Wire September 14, 2018 Organizational decisions regarding configuration or customization of electronic health record (EHR) systems can create an outsized impact on the ease, efficiency and error rates of physician users, according to research that tracked clinician EHR experience at four hospitals. “The results of this study reveal wide variability in task duration, c ...Read More →

Why Many Patients Aren’t Getting Their Flu Shots

Why Many Patients Aren’t Getting Their Flu Shots

By Caitlin Burke FierceHealthcare September 18, 2018 On the heels of one of the worst flu seasons on record, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified one of the biggest barriers preventing patients from receiving their flu shot: the time of day the patient sees their doctor. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania observed 11 primary care clinics ...Read More →

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

ASHRM By Leigh Ann Yates, MBA, CPHRM, AIC, FASHRM September 12, 2018 Breaking up with difficult patients is a hot topic for health care providers. Having a properly structured termination process for the ambulatory/physician practice setting is essential in any Risk Management program to help manage difficult patients. Ending a physician/patient relationship is a last resort when all other efforts ...Read More →

How Nurses Can Prevent Social Media Mishaps

How Nurses Can Prevent Social Media Mishaps

By Jennifer Thew, RN Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare September 4, 2018 A Houston nurse was fired after allegedly violating HIPAA laws by posting about a patient with measles in an anti-vaccination Facebook group, reports the Dallas News. While it may seem obvious that nurses should be savvy about patient privacy and social media use, this incident—as well as others—illustrate that more ed ...Read More →