CIOs need to refine their change management skills amid the widespread mergers and acquisitions taking place between hospitals and health systems because they may be crucial to ensuring a smooth transition to the selected IT platform. "The effective use of change management approaches, strategies and tactics can support the successful consolidation/merger of hospital/health care information technology departments," said Lawrence Dux of Community Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin.
Creating a hospital environment that promotes innovation can be aided by partnerships with local industry counterparts, said Dr. Christopher Longhurst, CIO at UC San Diego Health. It is also important to foster a culture that is unafraid to challenge conventions to fix a problem, said Dave Lehr, CIO of Maryland-based Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Registered dietitian Keri Glassman says spending a half-hour on Sunday doing meal preparation can provide a week's worth of healthy eating and less stress. Some basic ingredients that can be mixed and matched for meals include grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, wild rice and chopped raw vegetables, Glassman says.
The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region will focus on local foods prepared from scratch at its facilities, including Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital and the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. HHSC also will make other cafeteria improvements, including new menus and initiatives to reduce waste.
A study at a Chicago hospital found that a Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act, or SIESTA, unit was associated with reduced nighttime sleep interruptions, researchers reported in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. "This initiative is practical for patients that qualify -- meaning they are clinically stable and not in critical condition," said Seun Ross, ANA's director of nursing practice and work environment, who is familiar with the initiative but not involved in the study.
Research in Pediatrics found an 80% reduction in human papillomavirus strains among teen girls and young women who received the quadrivalent HPV vaccine and a 40% reduction among unvaccinated girls and women between 2006 and 2017. The findings were based on data from four studies.
Youths born to mothers with asthma who underwent fraction of exhaled nitric oxide-guided treatment during pregnancy had lower odds of receiving an asthma diagnosis, as well as a reduced likelihood of frequent wheezing and emergency department visits, compared with those whose mothers received symptom-based treatment, Australian researchers reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. FENO-guided management may have promoted more appropriate use of inhaled corticosteroids for women in the study, researchers said.
Almost all parents reported using evidence-based personal hygiene practices, such as frequent hand-washing, to prevent children from developing colds, while 71% also relied on folklore-based strategies, such as encouraging children to stay indoors or not go outside with wet hair, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Over-the-counter vitamins or supplements for colds prevention were used by 51% of parents despite a lack of proof of efficacy.
Digital media channels are soaking up more marketing dollars and providing new ways for businesses to reach their audiences. Single Throw Marketing CEO Larry Bailin explores the opportunities available and notes that digital channels can provide a significant advantage in targeting specificity.
The CMS will introduce a voluntary shared-savings program for Medicare Part D plans that could reduce spending on subscribers eligible for catastrophic coverage. Plans must decide by March 1 whether to participate in the program for the 2020 plan year.