The annual Innovators Award challenge brings out HCA’s best thinkers . In 2013, more than 1,500 ideas were submitted, and winners were chosen at every facility and at the division level. From those, three national winners have been announced. Each national winner received $10,000, as well as the “Tommy” award, a likeness of company founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.
The field of nursing is always evolving and as the need for more efficient and personalized care grows, so does the demand for the technology that will meet those needs. In the consumer market alone there are already dozens of platforms and devices that track and interpret individual biometric readings. The exciting work for those of us in healthcare is to create ways to use these wearable devices to improve the delivery of care. And the good news is that we’re already experimenting.
The Institute of Medicine defines a learning health system as “one in which progress in science, informatics and care culture align to generate new knowledge as an ongoing, natural by-product of the care experience and seamlessly refine and deliver best practices for continuous improvement in health and health care.”
This is the age of healthcare technology. Big data and clinical data management, EHR (electronic health records) and Meaningful Use, clouds and virtualization, SaaS and the mobile era, not to mention the incredible advancements in medical technologies like genomics and bioinformatics.
June is Men’s Health Month , celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The centerpiece of this observance is National Men’s Health Week, a recognition event proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. This year, National Men’s Health Week begins June 11th and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 17th. Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening… Read more.
Today, I am pleased to announce the release of a checklist created by senior leaders and CEO’s from 11 health systems, including HCA—under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)—to promote high-value healthcare. The CEO Checklist for High-Value Health Care provides ten strategies to help hospitals reduce waste and improve patient outcomes, and we are honored to be a contributor. The creation of the checklist comes during an important time for healthcare. Increasingly, those who purchase healthcare are seeking providers that deliver high-value care, and we at HCA understand that there’s a business case for providing high quality, efficient care.… Read more.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly became a hospital patient with a serious injury or illness, unable to communicate with medical professionals providing your care? Or what would family members or friends do if asked to make life-changing decisions on your behalf? April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), was created to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. It is meant to serve as a conversation-starter, encouraging everyone to talk about his or her future healthcare decisions and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living wills) in accordance with their applicable state… Read more.