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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 →

Study Links Real-Time EHR Alerts with Fewer Complications, Lower Costs

Study Links Real-Time EHR Alerts with Fewer Complications, Lower Costs

By Tina Reed FierceHealthcare August 16, 2018 When physicians get the right kind of alert in an electronic health record—and actually follow its recommendation—it could result in fewer complications and lower costs among hospitalized patients, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Optum Advisory Services teamed ...Read More →

Recent study reveals MAP criteria for urinary catheter use in surgeries

Recent study reveals MAP criteria for urinary catheter use in surgeries

BMJ Quality and Safety By Jennifer Meddings, Ted A Skolarus, Karen E Fowler, Steven J Bernstein, Justin B Dimick, Jason D Mann, Sanjay Saint August 12, 2018 Indwelling urinary catheters are commonly used for patients undergoing general and orthopaedic surgery. Despite infectious and non-infectious harms of urinary catheters, there is limited guidance available to surgery teams regarding appropriat ...Read More →

Clinicians Who Learn of a Patient’s Opioid Death Modestly Cut Back on Prescriptions

Clinicians Who Learn of a Patient’s Opioid Death Modestly Cut Back on Prescriptions

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News August 10, 2018 Physicians and other medical providers modestly reduced the volume of opioids they prescribed after being told one of their patients had died of an overdose, according to research published in August. “You can hear a lot of statistics about the crisis,” said Jason Doctor, lead author of the study, published in the journal Science. “But it always fe ...Read More →

Hospitals Help Clinicians with ‘Second Victim Distress’

Hospitals Help Clinicians with ‘Second Victim Distress’

By Megan Headley HealthLeaders Media June 19, 2018 More hospitals and health systems are creating second victim support programs to help clinicians cope after adverse events. Second victim distress—a phenomenon that can happen to clinicians involved in errors or adverse events—is getting more attention, and support options are slowly growing.It’s becoming more understood by health system adm ...Read More →

New CMS guidance on ligature risk says Joint Commission recommendations set the bar

New CMS guidance on ligature risk says Joint Commission recommendations set the bar

Hospital Safety Insider August 10, 2018 Expect CMS surveyors to be referring to recommendations set out by The Joint Commission last fall when looking for ligature risk and other environmental hazards in the push to make hospitals and psychiatric units safer for patients at-risk of self-harm. For now, assess your hospital’s environmental compliance against those Joint Commission recommendations, r ...Read More →

How Health Workers Are Using Smartphones To Fight TB

How Health Workers Are Using Smartphones To Fight TB

By Megan Knowles Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control August 21, 2018 Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins and UC San Diego are developing mobile technologies that let patients track medication intake on their smartphones —a new tool proving useful in fighting tuberculosis, STAT reports. Encrypted videos taken on smartphones are sent to public health workers who can ...Read More →

NIST, NCCoE Publish Guide on Healthcare Mobile Device Security

NIST, NCCoE Publish Guide on Healthcare Mobile Device Security

HealthITSecurity By Fred Donovan August 03, 2018 NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) have released a guide on how providers can improve healthcare mobile device security to better protect PHI. The guidance, Securing Electronic Records on Mobile Devices, provides IT professionals and security engineers with a security architecture that they can copy or recreate. Read mo ...Read More →

OCR issuing fewer HIPAA penalties in 2018, report suggests

OCR issuing fewer HIPAA penalties in 2018, report suggests

Becker’s Health IT & CIO Report By Jessica Kim Cohen July 31, 2018 The HHS Office for Civil Rights is on track to impose significantly fewer HIPAA settlement fines in 2018 than the agency has in previous years, according to a report from the law firm Gibson Dunn. The July 26 report is a mid-year review of healthcare enforcement actions, including decisions by HHS, CMS, OCR and the Justi ...Read More →

Doctors Rely On More Than Just Data for Medical Decision-Making

Doctors Rely On More Than Just Data for Medical Decision-Making

By Anne Trafton ScienceDaily July 20, 2018 Many technology companies are working on artificial intelligence systems that can analyze medical data to help diagnose or treat health problems. Such systems raise the question of whether this kind of technology can perform as well as a human doctor. A new study from MIT computer scientists suggests that human doctors provide a dimension that, as yet, ar ...Read More →

Hospitals Gear Up For New Diagnosis: Human Trafficking

Hospitals Gear Up For New Diagnosis: Human Trafficking

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News July 24, 2018 There are no hard figures for how many people are involved in human trafficking, the term used when individuals are forced to work or have sex for someone else’s commercial benefit. Polaris, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for these people and runs helplines for them, said calls and texts to its national hotlines have steadily ...Read More →