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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Study: Bar Code Technology Reduces Medication Errors

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

Using bar-code technology can substantially reduce transcription and medication errors, and prevent potential adverse events, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network Readies $20M Fiber Optic Medical Network

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network, which includes nine hospitals and clinics in western Nebraska, said it is finalizing the installation of a $20 million fiber optic medical network.

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Make Your Physician Practice a Lean, Mean Healing Machine

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

For decades now, we've heard about manufacturers and retailers putting workplace processes from scheduling to supplies management under the scalpel to carve away excess overhead, inefficiencies, and redundancies. Does your physician practice have what it takes to be lean?

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Whiteboards Key to Improved Communication

By: Karen M. Cheung, May 6, 2010

Although there's no exact data correlating whiteboards with better patient satisfaction scores, whiteboards can improve communication among the healthcare team, providers, and patients, according to a new study.

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Sanford Health Breaks Ground on Children's Clinic in Belize

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2010

Sanford Children's this week broke ground on the first of several international pediatric clinics. The 9,000-square-foot clinic, located in Belize City, will open in mid-2011, Sioux Falls, SD-based Sanford Health announced. Sanford Children's is working with several organizations to develop Sanford Children's Clinic in Belize, including the Belize Healthcare Charitable Trust, which donated $1 million. Belize Healthcare Partners Limited, a full-service hospital in Belize City, is donating nearby land for the clinic.

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Recognizing Nurses With Cinnabon and Parade Floats

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2010

As Nurses Week is upon us (May 6-12), many organizations and companies are coming up with ways to honor nurses in any way they can. Whether it is free cookies in the break room, banners hanging from the ceilings or a placard with quotes from physicians on why they appreciate nurses, most facilities are honoring its nurses. But it doesn't stop there. Even some companies are honoring nurses.

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Should Hospital CEO Salaries Be Cut If Care Quality Fails?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

Pay for performance has become a popular topic for healthcare providers across the country. But can this idea apply across-the-board to hospital CEOs as well?

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Healthcare Law As A Product of the 'Sausage Factory'

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

Using expressions like "drinking from a fire hose" and "classic sausage making," William Jessee, MD, sounded like he was talking about a local bar. No—just the healthcare reform laws.

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