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Forget the Moon, Focus on the Patient
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

The healthcare industry is ripe for innovation. The status quo isn?t working, there are emerging technologies and clinical advances that are transforming how care is delivered, and consumer expectations are evolving. There?s just one problem: incentive. To be truly innovative it takes time, money, commitment, and risk. Here are seven ways to help build a culture of innovation in your organization.
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  September 26, 2008

 
Editor's Picks
New kid on the block
U.S. hospitals seeking to participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs just got another option for accreditation. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved DNV Healthcare, Inc. as a deeming authority for U.S. hospitals. It is the first new organization to receive deeming authority in more than 30 years. DNV?s program, called the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations, was created to make the accreditation process more streamlined as well as identify ways for improving current standards. [Read More]
Surgeon operates on wrong knee
The surgical team at Miriam Hospital, in Providence, RI, did everything right—they marked the correct knee for surgery and conducted a time-out before the operation. That is until the wrong leg was mistakenly draped for surgery. No one caught the error, and the wrong knee was operated on. In fact, the mistake was first noticed by the patient. I'm curious to know how many organizations include patients—when applicable—in safety protocols. [Read More]
ER is for emergencies
This story describes a program at Skyline Medical Center in Tennessee that redirects non-critical patients from emergency rooms to nearby clinics in Nashville. Program directors hope the initiative will reduce ED wait times, save money, and provide an alternative for patients who use the ED as their primary source of healthcare. [Read More]
Economy trumps healthcare
The proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan could delay an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system. Earlier this week, Barack Obama said the bailout plan would probably delay some of his campaign spending promises such as his plan to revamp the U.S. healthcare system should he be elected as president. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
CEO selected for hospital set to open in 2009
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Top health official ties firing to whistle-blowing
Des Moines Register - September 26, 2008
Medicare paid billions in suspect claims
AP/Washington Post - September 24, 2008
Wall Street meltdown worries New York hospitals
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - September 23, 2008
Healthcare costs to rise in 2009
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - September 23, 2008
Hospital workers fired for posting patient photos online
Associated Press - September 23, 2008
Shortage of cancer doctors looms
USA Today - September 22, 2008
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