National Preparedness Month is in September. This month servers to provide an opportunity to reflect on the importance of preparing for natural disasters and unexpected events. Recognizing that practices and levels of planning may vary, DrFirst put together a survey on healthcare organizations’ policies related to disaster preparedness. Their goal is to understand healthcare organizations’ …
The patient experience is an area of healthcare that can no longer be overlooked. Patients are routinely questioned about the care they receive through HCHAPS surveys. The results of these surveys can have an impact of the level of Medicare reimbursement a hospital receives. According HCAHPS to December 2014 summaries, 21% of patients did not feel like nurses always communicated well, 36% did not feel they were always provided information about their medications, and 32% did not feel the hospital staff were always responsive.
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care.
Tonic health is a multi-platform patient data collection tool. It’s how patients could use an iPad to replace the clipboard and pages of papers at the doctor’s office or perhaps even at home. It’s design is for surveys, but likely could easily be uses to collect your patients health histories at a start of care or updates as needed.