Patient assignment software can improve care.
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Improving Patient Assignments

Hospitals continue to make great strides in using technology to improve clinical operations and outcomes. Automated disinfection systems to eliminate harmful microorganisms. Telehealth to make healthcare more accessible, especially to people…
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The Joy of Medicine

Nearly 20 years ago colleagues at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) used the term “healthy workplaces” to describe a positive and productive healthcare environment. Since that time, numerous studies have sought to evaluate…
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The True Cost of Physician Burnout

By the acknowledgement of just about everyone in healthcare, physician burnout has become a significant problem. But what is the cost of that problem for hospitals and is there justification for spending money on fixing it? Those were the…
Patient assignment software can improve care.
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Errors and Omissions: How Healthcare and Aviation Compare

If there’s one common trait aviation and healthcare share, it’s the notion that both are expected to function without error. We expect pilots and the planes they fly to operate flawlessly, to get us safely to our intended destination. The…
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Is Physician and Nurse Burnout Contagious?

Is burnout contagious? Is it communicated from one provider to another? Two different studies—on focusing on physicians and another on nurses—tried to answer that question and, not surprisingly, both came to same conclusion. Burnout is…
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Physician Burnout at Different Career Stages

Physician burnout is often discussed in broad terms as if it affects everyone equally. But research a few years ago indicates some significant differences based on a physician’s career stage. The study was conducted by a group of researchers…
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Comparing EHR Impact on Hospital-based and Office-based Physicians

A recent study compared the interactions of hospital-based physicians to EHRs to the perceptions of office-based physicians. After analyzing comments submitted in response to the 2014 Rhode Island Health Information Technology survey, here are…
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Hospital Medicine: Physician Burnout Roundup

Here are some of the latest stories on physician burnout: A simple but effective tip for physician leaders: Ask your patients what they want. Too often physicians are looking at computer screens instead of into the eyes of their patients,…
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Teamwork, Hospitalists and Hospital Medicine

Teamwork is one of the most important elements in hospital medicine. And yet, it continues to be one of the greatest challenges and roadblocks to improved patient outcomes. There are numerous reasons. First, hospitals are complex organizations,…
Patient assignment software can improve care.
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Physician Burnout and Medicine as a Calling

Could physician satisfaction and burnout be tied to whether or not that person sees medicine as a calling? That was the question researchers wanted to answer – the degree to which seeing medicine as a calling is a bellwether of a physician’s…