Don’t Make Mobile Apps. Make Furniture.

Last week I was in Austin, TX with a few thousand of my closest friends for the annual South by Southwest conference. If you’ve ever been you know that there are so many events and sessions to attend that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Some of the sessions I attended really inspired and motivated me. Others fell short. Overall though, I’m walking away with new perspective and ideas that will stick with me for a while. I want to talk about one of those today. I went to a panel discussion called “Designing Daily Positive Additions”. One of the members… Read more.

Can Access to an EKG on Your Phone, Save a Life?

Recently we announced a collaboration with and financial investment in AirStrip Technologies and their mobile patient monitoring software. Technologies like this, give physicians the ability to check important patient information through their mobile device allowing care decisions to be made much faster. My colleague, Bill, spoke about the concept of smartphones in healthcare a few months ago. And last month, I talked about direct communication between a physician and patient via email, text, Facebook, etc… Today, in light of this recent announcement, I want to dive deeper into the idea of remotely delivering real time healthcare information about a patient… Read more.

Partnering with Your Provider – Genny’s Story

Genny Pogar Johnson is 34. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare chronic Leukemia, Myleofibrosis. The only cure is a blood or marrow transplant. Genny is a patient here at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s. She and her mom Ann have been working with our blood or marrow transplant team since August 2011. And I do mean “working with.” Genny and Ann are great examples of what it means to be active participants. There’s been a lot of discussion this week about the importance of patients and their family members being engaged in their care alongside nurses and doctors. It’s a crucial… Read more.

Meet the Patient Advisor

At its core, patient safety is about making improvements to the healthcare system that result in the safest environment and procedures possible for patients. Because of this, our hospitals are always looking for opportunities to improve. Not surprisingly, one of the best ways to find out how you can do better is to ask the people you serve: the patients. Many of our hospitals have started patient advisory boards where patients are invited to give feedback on how they can improve. That’s what we do at Raulerson Hospital, where I’m privileged to serve as CEO. Every quarter, we randomly select… Read more.

Why Do We Ask Patients to Speak Up?

It’s easy to think that patient safety is completely reliant on healthcare providers like doctors and nurses. But a patient is not someone who is there to simply receive instruction. Yesterday, Dr. Perlin and Diane Pinakiewicz spoke about the role of the patient in patient safety.  They are part of the care team and should actively participate in care decisions. Like Diane said, nobody knows more about the patient than the patient. In fact, a 2008 study showed that patients who are more engaged in their care, have better outcomes. At our hospitals, we have worked to create an environment… Read more.

Patient Safety Podcast – HCA and NPSF Discussion

Yesterday, we talked broadly about Patient Safety Awareness Week in order to provide more context around the movement. Today, we’re going to go a little deeper. Recently, I sat down with HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perlin and the President of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Diane Pinakiewicz to discuss patient safety. I wanted to hear their thoughts on how far we’ve come, what’s on the horizon and the roles that both patients and their providers (nurses and doctors) play in improving patient safety. We recorded the conversation and separated the audio by each question, below. This is a great discussion… Read more.

Kicking Off Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 4– 10 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, a national education and awareness-building campaign started by the National Patient Safety Foundation focused on improving patient safety.  During this week, we will highlight our commitment to patient safety in the communities we serve. The info-graphic below illustrates 5 ways patients and healthcare providers (like doctors and nurses) can partner to make care safe. For example, did you know that patients are key members of the care team, and are encouraged to speak up if they have questions or concerns? Learn more below.

Replacing a Heart Valve through the Leg

What if you could replace a heart valve through a small incision in the leg? Aortic valve replacement surgery often requires opening the chest to expose the valve that needs to be replaced due to narrowing of the aorta (Aortic Stenosis). 300,000 people in the U.S. have Aortic Stenosis and 100,000 of those are not candidates for open heart surgery. So their options were few and their prognosis grim. But thanks to a new procedure, called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) there is hope. TAVR allows a surgeon to replace the aortic valve by inserting a catheter to open the… Read more.

Make Decisions Better

How do you make decisions? Are you the kind of person who likes to research all the options before choosing your path or do you have more of a “shoot from the hip” approach? It probably depends on the decision right? Whatever your process, we’ve all faced those decisions that are genuinely tough to make. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what goes into making decisions; big or small. And most times, I think making a choice is all about managing tradeoffs. Whenever we decide to do “this”, we’re also choosing not to do “that”. Of course, I’m talking… Read more.

When is Full Term “Full Term” in a Pregnancy?

This past Wednesday, in Washington, D.C., HCA was recognized at a press conference called by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services for our work

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