Industry News - September 2013

AHE elects two at-large board members

Association for the Healthcare Environment president re-appointed


Demand for nurse informaticists ramps up

Nursing informatics blends nursing science, information science and computer science


Healthcare Design magazine announces 2013 Remodel-Renovation winners

Six projects honored in fourth annual competition


Healthcare can be fixed by design

Wired Q&A talks to consultant about how to bring human-centered design to a complex system


Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council seeks nominations for 2014-2016 board

Four HLAC positions in three director classes are open


Chemotherapy delivery given kid-friendly makeover

Designers look to rubber duckies and superheroes to make experience a little easier


HHS awards $5.3 million for health IT in rural areas

Grants will help expand the rural health information technology workforce and the use of telehealth


How long will health care boom last in Dallas/Forth Worth?

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the nation's largest health care construction projects in progress


New IT degree with health care focus offered

Information-related job growth in the health care field is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020


NHS Change Day making a difference, organizers say

Over 189,000 pledges were made to improve patient experience and/or clinical outcomes


N.J. firm stays busy in health care construction

Nursing home specialist partnering for new rehabilitation center


Cancer treatment waiting room redesigned just for kids

Staff-driven project was inspired by young cancer patient


Residents protest Utah medical waste incinerator

North Salt Lake plant accused of blanketing the region in toxic smoke


C. Diff rates nearly doubled 10 years

Data comes from analysis of U.S. National Hospital Discharge Surveys from 2001 to 2010


C-change: the chief experience officer joins the executive circle

Patient experiences have a financial impact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Updated Life Safety Code waiver rule allows bigger trash cans

The update balances "unreasonable hardship" for facilities and resident safety


Bipartisan Policy Center calls for health IT oversight framework

BPC seeks response that engages health care stakeholders, protects patient safety, supports learning and promotes innovation


Advocate sued after huge data breach

Four unencrypted laptops were stolen from its facility in the second largest data breach to date


National Health IT Week kicks off Sept. 16

Week-long celebration includes Health IT Technology Showcase and Policy Summit


Tips from Joint Commission on survey readiness

Medication management updates are key for 2013: Red flags may include automated dispensing cabinets and therapeutic duplication


Study says hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Five most common health care-associated infections effect one of 20 each year


Would FDA-regulated IT systems make health care safer?

Doctor says yes: Electronic medical records, digital imaging, provider order entry and test results are core medical functions


Joint Commission International releases hospital standards

Fifth edition addresses new and substantially updated standards that take effect April 1, 2014


Ambulatory care facilities have unique design challenges

Lean process improvement, shared medical appointments, telehealth services just some of the factors to consider



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