Is Team Training Effective at Healthcare Sites?

In the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology the authors Eduardo Salas, Lauren Benishek, Megan Gregory and Ashley Hughes in an article titled “Saving Lives: A Meta-Analysis of Team Training in Healthcare” set out to answer the question as to whether team training is effective in healthcare, whether it leads to reduced mortality and improved health outcomes. Their research stated that a preventable medical error occurs in one in every three hospital admissions and results in 98,000 deaths per year, a figure corroborated in To Err is…

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How Healthcare Is Being Reinvented Through Digital Transformation

The digital healthcare market is expected to touch $206 billion by 2020, as a joint study by SAP and Oxford Economics concluded that nearly 70% healthcare companies are planning to digitally transform their operations, while nearly 61% believe that this will increase patient satisfaction. Most healthcare providers today have strong plans for digital transformation, and their efforts are changing the way they deliver healthcare through new and innovative methods. Hospitals today deliver ambulatory, inpatient, outpatient and day surgery services; patient record access; and telemedicine in different ways through their revamped…

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Healthcare Risk Assessment

Introduction The purpose of a Risk Assessment is to identify threats and vulnerabilities and develop a plan to mitigate the risks identified within the assessment. Like all processes, we can make it easy or extremely complicated and difficult. Planning is the key. C-I-A Triad The C-I-A triad consists of three elements: Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of data and data systems. Confidentiality simply means controlling access to those who have a legitimate need to know. Integrity is ensuring that the data hasn’t been altered; and Availability means the data can be…

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Two Way Radios in Primary and Acute Healthcare

Communication plays a crucial role in healthcare. Timely dissemination and sharing of information is critical for acute healthcare providers. Similarly, primary healthcare can be easily administered by using practical and handy communication channels. However, there are several factors that need to be taken into account before deciding upon an effective mode of communication in both primary and acute healthcare institutions. Reliability, coverage and confidentiality of transmitted information along with the institution’s capacity in handling the equipment, play an important role. Healthcare institutions can largely benefit from a mobile clinical staff…

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How Healthcare Providers Use Walkie Talkies

As noted in our introduction, the healthcare industry is under attack financially from many different fronts. Providers are pressed to lessen the quality of care because of reduced reimbursements. How do you keep Patient Care at an all time high while being forced to see more patients? How do you see more patients without working more hours? The simple answer is efficiency. Two way radios are a proven tool to improve efficiency. In restaurants, we help Proprietors turn more tables. In schools, we help Administrators multi-task and manage issues on…

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