The Business of Surgery

How Supply Chain in the Healthcare Industry has Evolved, and Where It’s Going From Here

Healthcare supply chain management has come a long way. Just a decade ago the supply chain in hospitals included mainly manual processes for obtaining resources, managing supplies, and delivering goods and services to providers and patients. Now, most hospitals no longer rely on manual processes to keep track of their supplies. While there are still […]

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Mobile Aspects Releases Software To Streamline Blood Bag Management In Hospitals

Why is Blood Bag Tracking Necessary? In many hospitals across the world, the tracking and documentation of blood bags are inherently difficult processes. Blood bags are typically stored in fridges and cooling chambers in central areas of the hospital such as the Emergency Department. When transfusion becomes necessary during a surgery, one or many blood

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Studies Show That US Clinicians Spend More Time In EHRs Than Clinicians In Other Countries

A pair of recent studies highlighted the extraordinary amount of time that US clinicians spend documenting their encounters in electronic health records (EHRs). While previous studies have looked at the general amount of time that clinicians spend documenting in EHRs, these particular studies looked at the gap between US-based clinicians and clinicians based in other

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Expect More Virtual Accreditation Surveys As Pandemic Rages On

As DNV GL Healthcare (DNV), The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accreditation organizations continue to utilize virtual surveys in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many hospitals are scrambling to prepare their documentation for virtual audits. These accreditation visits are crucial to hospitals that require successful surveys in order to receive funds from the Centers

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Fitch Ratings Foresees Dark Days Ahead For Hospitals

Covid-19’s recent resurgence is straining already struggling hospitals that were showing recovery signs in the 3rd quarter of 2020. With the increasing infection rates of Covid-19 around the country during the holiday season, a combination of voluntary and forced reductions of elective procedures is negatively impacting hospitals’ bottom line. Hospital operating margins suffered severely during

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Report Shows That Hospital Margins Continue To Shrink During Pandemic

With Covid-19 showing no signs of abating, and with the pandemic most likely consuming the US healthcare system for the next 6-12 months, hospitals and healthcare systems must continue to rein in costs in order to operate profitably for the short- and medium-term. Even after Covid-19 is finally under control, it may take some time

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Half of Hospitals Not Prepared For Virtual Accreditation Surveys

With The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accreditation organizations moving to more virtual surveys in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many hospitals are scrambling to prepare their documentation for a virtual world. These accreditation visits are crucial to hospitals that require successful surveys in order to receive funds from the Centers for Medicare and

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Texas Health System Successfully Reprocesses N95 Masks Using Hydrogen Peroxide

With the US projected to continue to have a shortage of N95 masks for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, several hospitals are testing various methods of sterilizing masks to enable multiple uses. Researchers at the Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center in Houston recently oversaw a series of tests where N95 masks were reprocessed

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Ensure Employee Accountability With A Vocera Tracking System

Many hospitals have implemented Vocera smartbadges throughout their campus in order to improve communication between employees. These devices have become ubiquitous in some of the busiest areas of the hospital to help improve collaboration and reachability. However, due to the sheer number of smartbadges in circulation at some hospitals, tracking and maintaining the devices has

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Academic Medical Centers and IDNs Need To Invest In An Enterprise-Wide Supply Tracking System

More than ever, today’s healthcare environment is calling for hospitals and health systems to rein in their costs. With all of the pressures of Covid-19 placed on top of prior concerns such as declining reimbursements and the shift to value-based care, hospitals are quickly looking to reduce costs while maintaining high standards of care. One

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