Health Systems News and Research RSS Feed - Health Systems News and Research

Poll: Canadians support initiatives to save lives of children, mothers in developing countries

Poll: Canadians support initiatives to save lives of children, mothers in developing countries

As Prime Minister Harper and other world leaders gather this week at the United Nations General Assembly, a new poll shows Canadians care deeply about Canada's efforts to save the lives children and mothers in developing countries who are dying of preventable causes. [More]
Highlights: Hawaii public hospital cuts; La. struggles with state worker health program costs; aging in Ky.

Highlights: Hawaii public hospital cuts; La. struggles with state worker health program costs; aging in Ky.

Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet. Executives from the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. told lawmakers Friday that even after layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit in 2015. One hospital on Maui chose to close its adolescent psychology unit because it couldn't sustain the appropriate staffing levels to provide the services. It's also considering cuts to oncology and dialysis services if the situation doesn't improve (9/20). [More]
Improvements in NICU nursing care could boost health outcomes for underweight black infants

Improvements in NICU nursing care could boost health outcomes for underweight black infants

The health outcomes and quality of care for underweight black infants could greatly improve with more nurses on staff at hospitals with higher concentrations of black patients, according to a new study co-led by a Rutgers researcher. [More]

Validic continues to expand global digital health ecosystem

Validic, the healthcare industry's leading technology platform for accessing digital health data, announced today the addition of several new clients and integration partners, as they continue to expand and grow their global digital health ecosystem. [More]
Private efforts to address mental health needs of veterans could aid VA health system reform

Private efforts to address mental health needs of veterans could aid VA health system reform

A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could provide a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system, according to a new RAND Corporation report. [More]
Gradian Health Systems recognized by The Tech Awards

Gradian Health Systems recognized by The Tech Awards

Gradian Health Systems has been named as a laureate of The Tech Awards 2014, one of 10 global innovators recognized for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. [More]
High impact health interventions reduce maternal and child mortality in poor countries

High impact health interventions reduce maternal and child mortality in poor countries

New studies have uncovered the specific interventions and advances that have led to the success with these at-risk populations in the poorest countries. [More]
Cochrane Review rejects safety concerns regarding cheap alternative drug for treating eye disease

Cochrane Review rejects safety concerns regarding cheap alternative drug for treating eye disease

Health policies which favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of a new Cochrane Review published today. [More]
New effort to eliminate harm and reinforce culture of caring in healthcare

New effort to eliminate harm and reinforce culture of caring in healthcare

In a new effort to eliminate harm and reinforce a culture of caring in healthcare, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, DNP, MS, RN, CNM, Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, and Brigit Van Graafeiland, DNP, CNRP, have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy. [More]
Methodist joins with Mayo Clinic Care Network to improve delivery of health care quality

Methodist joins with Mayo Clinic Care Network to improve delivery of health care quality

Mayo Clinic and Methodist Health System (Methodist) officials announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist, one of North Texas' oldest nonprofit health systems, was selected following a comprehensive evaluation that ranged from its clinical and business practices to quality, safety and service efforts and patient satisfaction. [More]
State highlights: Texas lawmaker proposes '3 strikes' for nursing homes

State highlights: Texas lawmaker proposes '3 strikes' for nursing homes

New Yorker Deadra Malloy was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, but she remained healthy for so long she wasn't completely convinced she was positive. [More]
BMC receives grant from Cardinal Health Foundation to help improve effectiveness of patient care

BMC receives grant from Cardinal Health Foundation to help improve effectiveness of patient care

The Cardinal Health Foundation announced it has awarded Virginia R. Litle, MD, a Thoracic Surgeon at Boston Medical Center (BMC) grant funding from the E3 Grant Program to implement best practices and help improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of patient care. [More]
Hospitals can improve flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using mandatory policy

Hospitals can improve flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using mandatory policy

Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. [More]
Research roundup: Doctors' training; expanding FEHBP; the ACA and part-time work

Research roundup: Doctors' training; expanding FEHBP; the ACA and part-time work

Growing concern about rising costs and potential harms of medical care has stimulated interest in assessing physicians' ability to minimize the provision of unnecessary care. Objective: To assess whether graduates of residency programs characterized by low-intensity practice patterns are more capable of managing patients' care conservatively ... [More]

States not expanding Medicaid paying 37% of cost in other states: report

A McClatchy newspaper analysis also finds that most of the money comes from five non-expansion states: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Other news outlets report on the continuing debate in a number of states. [More]
On campaign trail, Ky. GOP candidates promise Medicaid expansion repeal

On campaign trail, Ky. GOP candidates promise Medicaid expansion repeal

In the meantime, Illinois bets on birth control as a way to drive down Medicaid costs, and Florida Health News looks at the top Medicaid managed care companies in Florida. [More]
Philips unveils new ultrasound system at ESC Congress 2014

Philips unveils new ultrasound system at ESC Congress 2014

Royal Philips today announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. [More]
Philips to highlight full range of cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2014

Philips to highlight full range of cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2014

Royal Philips today announced its presence at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014, where the company is highlighting the full range of its cardiology solutions serving clinicians and patients across the care continuum from prevention and diagnosis, to treatment, recovery and wellness. [More]
State highlights: Heroin deaths rise in N.Y.; TennCare computer system delay; Colo. races to win $87M to integrate care;

State highlights: Heroin deaths rise in N.Y.; TennCare computer system delay; Colo. races to win $87M to integrate care;

A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003. In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city's health department (Goodman, 8/28). [More]

H. D. Smith announces winners of annual Trading Partners of the Year award

H. D. Smith, among the nation's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers, today announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year award, honoring select pharmaceutical and health products manufacturers who collaborate actively to grow the industry and advance patient care. [More]