Facility Operations - September 2013

Behaviorial Healthcare survey details 40 electronic health record systems

Survey is magazine's annual look at the growing range of information technology products and solutions from vendors who serve the behavioral health industry.

9/30/2013


Infection control should be part of disaster plan

Guide for for ambulatory care centers on infection prevention during disasters recently released

9/30/2013


Five blog entries from National Health IT Week

MedCityNews.com gathers five blog entries from National IT Week discussions

9/30/2013


Five ways to link health information technology, quality measurement

AHRQ Report offers tips on engaging patients, connecting data

9/25/2013


Take the long view when investing in health care data

There may not be a clear pay-off at first, but data is the key to trimming health care costs

9/25/2013


CRE infections tracked by state

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology put together summary of states with superbug issue

9/24/2013


New ASHRAE reference guides hospital HVAC design

Guidelines focus on system filtration, temperature, humidity, air change, pressurization and exhaust

9/24/2013


White paper: Defining a framework to meet healthcare technology challenges

White paper discusses the issues healthcare facilities face when implementing and integrating new technology.

9/24/2013


Hospitals make significant progress in disaster readiness

Drilling and education has paid off since 9/11, anthrax

9/24/2013


Study shows patients prefer digital communication over print

Most visitors and patients said digital content enhanced the hospital experience

9/23/2013


How to purchase hospital products on a budget

Easy tips and tricks that can cut down on spending

9/23/2013


Healthcare IT security is difficult, but not impossible

Planning and thorough security risk analysis needed

9/23/2013


Residential facilities get new pediatric infection prevention guidelines

Patients vulnerable to infection and their families are at risk of exposure to infectious pathogens in common areas

9/23/2013


IBM to build analytics platform for NYC hospital system

New platform will standardize information from patients, providers, locations and reimbursement codes

9/23/2013


MRSA infections fall by more than 50% in U.S. hospitals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows drop from 2005-2011

9/20/2013


Claims data called crucial for ACO analytics

Clinical data from electronic health records seen as insufficient for analytic purposes

9/20/2013


Three ways big data is changing healthcare

Preventative care, better quality, and decreased costs link to new technology

9/20/2013


4 findings on healthcare facility design's effect on HAIs

Contact, air, water, and spatial separation cited as key factors in study

9/20/2013


Vermont hospitals commit to a healthier future

Vermont is the first state to commit to enrolling all of its hospitals

9/19/2013


How does a community hospital manage data growth?

Watertown, N.Y., hospital streamlining how it manages and backs up data

9/19/2013


Little momentum seen for local food movement in Ontario health care system

Systemic issues - rather than philosophical ones - called the biggest barrier

9/19/2013


Is equipment financing the right solution for HIT investments?

10 questions for decision makers to ask before they invest

9/19/2013


Learning HIM from experts

Geisinger, Intermountain are ahead of the curve managing health information.

9/19/2013


Heart of Healthcare award winners named

AHE and Kimberly-Clark honor environmental services technicians for infection prevention efforts

9/19/2013


Rush Memorial Hospital named 2013 Most Wired

Magazine survey polls hospitals and health systems regarding their IT initiatives

9/18/2013


Unplanned data center outages slightly less common, but still a challenge, survey finds

Most respondents in the study stated that they would rather walk barefoot over hot coals than have their data center go down

9/18/2013


Where are the 50 greenest hospitals in America?

Attention to carbon emissions, medical waste, water consumption, unhealthy food, fossil fuels and climate change are part of the hospital mission

9/18/2013


Advances in nurse call system technology offer new, better care options

Once-optional features - including systems integration and handheld abilities - now standard.

9/18/2013


Need for data reshaping HIM professions

Health information managers seeing new demand and new roles

9/17/2013


Survey ranks health care facilities second for suspect hand-washing habits

Only restaurants rank higher for locations that Americans are 'most concerned' about others not washing their hands

9/17/2013


Hospitals need the right tools to tackle sustainability

The willingness is there, but resources and time are often in short supply

9/17/2013


Combined heat and power systems reduce energy use and outage risk

Regulations often stand in the way as utilities' profits take a hit

9/16/2013


Hospitals working to increase community access to healthier food

Research shows eating more produce could save 100,000 lives and $17 billion annually

9/16/2013


Can social networking help solve EHR interoperability?

Benefits of sharing and commenting on records within dedicated social networks discussed

9/16/2013


Planning a healthcare analytics strategy

DotMed.com proposes three questions to ask before you begin

9/16/2013


Health system embraces earthbound data storage

Not all health data storage solutions are in the cloud in "conservative" strategy

9/13/2013


Data on EHR problems causes concern

Software default value-related incidents resulted in unsafe conditions or prolonged hospitalization

9/13/2013


Hospitals look past codes to set power reliability minimums

Recent natural disasters spark proactive infrastructure upgrades

9/13/2013


Patient barcoding introduced to curb medication errors

Colorado hospital uses coded bracelets to monitor drugs, dosages, and timing

9/13/2013


Geisinger Medical Center honored for environmental services excellence

Magazine names facility ES Department of the Year

9/12/2013


Charlottesville hospital takes closer look at safety

Daily safety huddles at Martha Jefferson hospital brings departments together

9/12/2013


Data called most enduring asset in any healthcare organization

Health IT expert offers tips on balanced data governance

9/12/2013


Stricter hospital alarm rules will start in 2014

'Alarm fatigue' blamed for change in Joint Commission regulations

9/12/2013


10 ways that healthcare quality impacts costs

Impact goes beyond much-reported $9.8 billion annual infection price tag

9/12/2013


Download free patient safety tools

Most popular items include Hospital Decontamination Self-Assessment and Healthcare Teamwork and Communication Toolkit

9/11/2013


New beds improve safety at Marshfield hospital

Replacing 90% of the facility's beds costs $4.9 million

9/11/2013


It's Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week!

Celebration includes free daily webinars for members

9/11/2013


Study puts hospital infections price tag at $9.8 billion annually

Recent JAMA Internal Medicine report reviewed data from 1998-2013

9/10/2013


Six steps for a successful waste management program

Arkansas Children's Hospital shares methods for dealing with medical waste

9/10/2013


Design elements examined in reducing fall risks

Looking at a range of factors - related to the patient and the environment - together found to be most effective

9/10/2013


Joint Commission sites 5 toughest ambulatory care standards

Four of the top five 2013 standards made the 2012 list

9/10/2013


How important is hospital security?

Tips and tricks to better protect healthcare institutions

9/9/2013


PCs may check out from hospitals

Zero-client terminals are taking there place

9/9/2013


Hospitals make slow progress toward sustainability

Survey shows hospitals say that environmental sustainability is important, but are at varying stages of initiatives

9/9/2013


New federal rule highlighted after sprinkler system saves nursing home residents

Fire sprinklers required in all U.S. long-term care facilities as of previous month

9/9/2013


Ensuring fail-safe power in emergencies

Constant power through the hospital's critical power supply depends on all components functioning properly

9/6/2013


Michigan Green Healthcare Conference to focus on food

Event will showcase sustainable approaches for hospitals in food and other areas

9/6/2013


UK student designs anti-infection invention

'Flo' bracelets dispense sanitizing liquid

9/5/2013


Many hospitals at risk for EHR penalties

Small, rural U.S. hospitals not meeting electronic health record requirements

9/5/2013


Has hand hygiene in hospitals gone too far?

Doctor takes the gloves off in blog extolling the necessity of touch in patient care

9/5/2013


Digital age brings new issues to video monitoring

Bandwidth a key challenge as surveillance systems evolve

9/4/2013


Nursing homes, long-term facilities behind in EHR

Lack of funding, financial incentives and penalties are sited as key obstacles to adoption

9/4/2013


New research explores hospital indoor air quality and infection control

Two studies look at open-plan ward design, ventilation strategies and energy management

9/4/2013


Designers must balance safety and comfort at psychiatric hospitals

Facilities should reflect input from clinical staffers and former patients

9/4/2013


C. difficile management may not be infection control problem

CDC report finds most patients carried bacteria at time of admission

9/3/2013


Hospital Healthy Food Initiative works to improve hospital dietary standards

National organization joins with hospitals and food providers to provide better options

9/3/2013


8 tips on keeping facilities clean, green, and healthy

Transition to fall perfect time for review procedures

9/3/2013


High-level data security, flexibility seen in the cloud

Cloud-hosted data harder to access for thieves, but easier for health care providers

9/3/2013



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