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Integrated data, insights lead to cost, time savings for OR staff

In 2020, supply costs were once again reported as one of the greatest line-item expenses in a hospital, exceeding labor expenses. US hospitals have most recently reported a combined $36 billion in medical and surgical supply costs. These expenses account for more than half of a hospital’s total supply costs.…

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By: Shawn McBride
January 20, 2022
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ECRI names Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2022

Editor's Note ECRI has named cybersecurity attacks as the number one health technology hazard for 2022. In its report, ECRI notes that all healthcare organizations are subject to cybersecurity attacks, and that the question is not whether they will be attacked but when. A cybersecurity attack could threaten medical devices…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2022
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Patient safety and the “Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)”

With all of the advantages that come from electronic health records and connected devices, some distinct security risks also exist. Healthcare is seeing these risks grow in the form of ransomware, phishing attacks, and cybersecurity breaches. Healthcare has become one of the industries most vulnerable to cyberattacks, and one with…

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By: Karen Stockdale, MBA, BSN, RN
November 17, 2021
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The Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety on cybersecurity

  Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on October 20, announced a new Quick Safety—“Organization-wide cybersecurity: Creating a culture of defense.” Cybersecurity can no longer be viewed as just the province of the IT department. It must be the responsibility of all staff that have access to digital information, electronic health…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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The Joint Commission using hybrid survey for document review

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on October 6, announced that it has begun using a hybrid approach with a document review surveyor during deemed hospital re-accreditation surveys meeting eligibility criteria, primarily a fully electronic health record (EHR). The hybrid approach consists of a surveyor working remotely (via Zoom or Microsoft…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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How might telehealth alter approaches to surgical patient care?

Telehealth services grew exponentially in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall telehealth utilization for office visits and outpatient care was 78 times higher in April 2020 than in February 2020, according to a McKinsey & Company July 2021 report. Since then, telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
September 21, 2021
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Use of targeted behavioral science messages to increase HCW COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note In this study by researchers at Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania, an individually addressed email nudge designed with behaviorally informed features caused more than twice as many healthcare workers (HCWs) to register for a COVID-19 vaccination, compared with HCWs in a control group. The health system initially sent…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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Cigna, Oscar Health to offer virtual-first primary care plan

Editor's Note Cigna and New York City-based Oscar Health will offer a virtual-first primary care plan next year in Georgia and Tennessee for small businesses, the July 22 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The model, which will be available on some of the insurers’ joint plans, offers unlimited primary care provider…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2021
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ECRI partners with Nuvolo on standardization of device data

Editor's Note ECRI on July 20 announced a collaborative partnership with Nuvolo, an independent software vendor involved in cloud-based connected workplace solutions, based in Paramus, New Jersey. The partnership integrates ECRI’s standardization of medical device data with Nuvolo’s Connected Workplace for Healthcare. This automated process enables standardization of device data…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2021
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Dynamic block management: A COVID-19 recovery strategy

This year, the American Hospital Association reports that hospitals could lose between $53 billion and $122 billion in revenue. Public health and the healthcare sector faced severe physical, mental, and financial stressors in 2020. Although some pandemic-driven burdens are finally easing, US hospitals are expected to face enormous fiscal losses…

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By: Shawn Sefton, MBA, BSN, RN
July 20, 2021
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