Your job assignment: Recognize and Prevent Abuse

Workplace violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and active shooters are threats that healthcare and human service organizations must address and prepare for. A recent CNN broadcast reported that more than 1,000 nursing homes had inappropriately handled cases of suspected sexual abuse. It’s your job to recognize and intervene in situations where abuse is suspected. Click here for 5 types of abuse to avoid and 5 tips for doing so. Avoid lawsuits, reduce risk, and improve... Read More >

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So you made an error…

You made an error…so now what? The health care provider-patient relationship is built on trust and honesty. Good communication with patients has always been essential in health care and is the cornerstone of the provider-patient relationship. When an adverse event or outcome results, healthcare professionals are encouraged to put the interests of the patient first and communicate directly with the patient and family in an honest, compassionate manner as soon as possible after an event... Read More >

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Digital Healthcare: Managing Risk While Embracing Innovation

E-visits are just one way technology is revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare and challenging traditional medical regulations. The term “digital healthcare” embraces everything from stateside dermatologists scrutinizing images of skin lesions on soldiers in another country to wearable sensors monitoring elderly patients’ vital signs at home. Now, specialists at major medical centers regularly consult with doctors at smaller hospitals through videoconferencing and patients can upload their medical records for a second opinion from anywhere in... Read More >

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Sending the wrong message to nurses about fall prevention may do more harm than good

New research suggests that hospital policies designed to prevent patient falls may have unintended negative consequences for nurses and patients. Falls in elderly hospital patients are common and dangerous, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified falls as a “never event.” Many hospitals have set “zero falls” goals and have made the nursing staff responsible for making sure their patients don’t fall. Many contributing factors lead to falls, most of which... Read More >

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Five Tips for Reducing Cybersecurity Risk in Telemedicine

E-visits are just one way technology is revolutionizing the delivery of health care and challenging traditional medical regulations. With ‘telemedicine,’ patients are diagnosed and treated through e-visits that use telecommunications technology. It embraces everything from stateside dermatologists scrutinizing images of soldiers’ skin lesions in another country to wearable sensors monitoring elderly patients’ vital signs at home. Download your DATA SECURITY CHECKLIST here! Specialists at major medical centers regularly consult with physicians at smaller hospitals through... Read More >

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How Physicians Are Violating HIPAA Regulations Without Knowing It

Logic would tell you that physicians know better than to compromise the confidentiality of their patients’ personal health information. But what if they are violating HIPAA privacy regulations without knowing it? In the age of laptops, smartphones, social media, and text messaging, stringency around patient privacy must be a constant consideration for physicians. Download your HIPAA CHECKLIST here! Here are some examples of ways physicians violate HIPAA regulations without knowing it—along with some tips to... Read More >

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