Each year about 75,000 patients die from infections they caught in the hospital. An analysis of federal data shows that nearly 700 hospitals have higher than expected rates of infection for at least one condition.
Technology can help hospitals and physicians control costs, improve patient services, and comply with regulations -- but only with an effective decision-making process will the healthcare realm be able to transform itself into the modern industry everyone expects and needs.
Stay safe this summer. But if you do end up in an emergency room, try your own measures for patient-centered care. As the experiences of some notable healthcare professionals suggest, it's a work in progress.
Twice in the last four years, the Commonwealth Fund ranked Oklahoma's healthcare system among the worst in the nation in terms of access, propensity to lead healthy lives, prevention and treatment, equity and avoidable costs for both adult and children patient populations.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers are now included in the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site, which measures hospital quality based on outcomes of care.
On Thursday (June 2), I joined other speakers at the IBM Healthcare Leadership Exchange, Transforming Healthcare, held at the Chicago IBM Transformation Center. My keynote presentation focused on “Healthcare in the US.”
This is the second commentary in a series about the recent "Report to the President - Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans - The Path Forward" from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The recommendations have broad implications for the "Meaningful Use" criteria of the HITECH incentive payments for physician adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).