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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 … Continue reading Digital Healthcare: Managing Risk While Embracing Innovation

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

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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 … Continue reading Five Tips for Reducing Cybersecurity Risk in Telemedicine

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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 … Continue reading How Physicians Are Violating HIPAA Regulations Without Knowing It

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Contract due diligence and a FREE CHECKLIST for Health Care Staffing Agencies

In today’s litigious environment, healthcare staffing agencies, now more than ever before, need to do their due diligence with clients before they contract for services. Many, if not all, of the standard healthcare staffing firm’s clients – hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing facilities, home healthcare companies and correctional settings – are under pressure to decrease … Continue reading Contract due diligence and a FREE CHECKLIST for Health Care Staffing Agencies

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It’s your professional liability on the line

Who would the world’s leading insurance carriers and brokers engage as their clinical risk management partner to help clients in the Health and Human Services profession improve safety, reduce risk and avoid lawsuits.

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How Systems Design Affects Patient Safety in Correctional Health Care

Complex organizations with potential for great human mortality, such as chemical-processing plants, air traffic control, and nuclear power plants, must anticipate the worst and be equipped to prevent it or deal with it. Over time, these industries have designed high reliability systems to prevent errors and improve safety (Reason, 2000). These high reliability organizations develop … Continue reading How Systems Design Affects Patient Safety in Correctional Health Care

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Preparedness for FDA Inspection

Click the links below to jump to different topics: Preparedness for FDA Inspection FDA Routine Inspection: Who, Why, and When FDA Inspection: What to Expect FDA Routine Inspection: How to Prepare   Preparedness for FDA Inspection A June 15, 2012, article in the Chicago Tribune detailed an FDA warning letter issued to a major hospital. … Continue reading Preparedness for FDA Inspection

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How Organizational Culture Supports Correctional Health Care Patient Safety

An organization’s culture establishes norms of behavior that are approved, allowed, or ignored. It also establishes behaviors that are punished or rewarded. This culture is absorbed by staff members and affects their attitudes and actions. It is often invisible, yet it pervades the environment as the aroma of an individual’s perfume might fill an elevator. … Continue reading How Organizational Culture Supports Correctional Health Care Patient Safety

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Living in an Ethically Challenged World

TIMOTHY B. SOEFJE Stamer Chadwick Soefje, PLLC Managing Member We live in an ethically challenged world. The everyday pressures of business economics, project deadlines, and client demands conspire against all design professionals to drive professionalism out of their practices. Design professionals, however, must strive to maintain an ethical practice because, quite simply, lives depend on … Continue reading Living in an Ethically Challenged World

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