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Pay Attention to the
Healthy People
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In today's economy, it's becoming apparent that what we consider "health" needs to be redefined. In quality terms, the current healthcare model has to move away from its structure of waiting for defects—and then trying to fix those defects. The system waits for patients to get sick and then treats them, but this has created a failed healthcare strategy that is posing a major threat to business survival. [Read More]
April 16, 2009
Editor's Picks

Electronic health record errors raise questions
Representatives from Google Health say the free service lets patients keep all their health records in one place and easily share them with new doctors. But when Dave deBronkart, a tech-savvy kidney cancer survivor, tried to transfer his medical records from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to Google Health, he was stunned at what he found. [Read More]

Many Hospitals Still Falling Short in Reaching Patient Safety Goals
While more hospitals are making progress in incorporating measures to prevent medical errors, they still have a long way to go to better ensure patient safety using tested methods, according to a new report released by The Leapfrog Group. [Read More]

New Home Healthcare Measures Focus on Delivery Quality, Safety
Promoting smooth transitions from hospitals and nursing homes to outside care—including home healthcare—is garnering new attention from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Twenty new measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum may be able to further assist healthcare providers in determining if they are meeting and delivering quality care to patients in their homes—thus preventing readmissions. [Read More]

Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30.
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Redefining Cardio
The cardiovascular service line remains a dependable revenue generator for many hospitals. But a shifting market full of new options for patients means organizations must find ways to differentiate themselves. [Read More]

Leaders Forum
Reforming the
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Healthcare reform will elude us unless we have one goal and three clear initiatives that will structure a system in which each of the interdependent components work together, wrote Bob Stone, an executive vice president and founder of Healthways. [Read More]
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Engage Physicians to Achieve Top Cardiac Care: Physician leaders David Pate, Marigene Hartker, and Joseph Knapp discuss how to enhance quality in the cardiac service line through physician alignment, quality initiatives, and leadership strategies. "Hospital leadership needs to take responsibility for establishing alignment with physicians," says Pate, CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX. [Listen Now]

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