HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 21, 2009 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Mistake-Proofing In Medicine, And In Refrigerators
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
My refrigerator gave me the idea for this column. It's an expensive French door model from Sears, the kind with an alarm that goes "beep" after the door is left ajar more than one minute. It's that kind of "mistake-proof" thinking—of course on a much bigger scale—that's now on the minds of designers of healthcare systems, medical devices, and processes. [Read More]
October 21, 2009
Editor's Picks

The Future of Nursing is Up for Debate
Our new colleague Rebecca Hendren tops her nursing pillar this week with an excellent, thought-provoking column about the great potential for an expanded role for nursing. Today, nurses are misused and underutilized. How might they be better trained, and how should health systems bill for their time? [Read More]

Bully Bosses Fueled By Insecurity
We've all had one at one point or another: The bully boss. The one who makes you feel insecure and powerless. "Bad bosses invariably create a bunker mentality at the workplace that robs subordinates of any sense of initiative and enthusiasm," notes HealthLeaders Media Editor John Commins in this column. [Read More]

Five Lessons on How to Get Physicians to Adopt CPOE
Doctors don't like using computers to write prescriptions, but once they've tried it they won't go back to paper. Carrie Vaughn draws a path to convince physicians that embracing the technology is good for everybody. [Read More]

Five Easy Ways to Protect Staff from Violent Patients
Except for the way violence among patients is portrayed on some popular TV shows, I don't necessarily think of the healthcare setting as a place where providers should wear armor or set up metal detectors. But our safety expert suggests that if your setting has a high risk for such patient misbehavior, think about these five ways to protect yourself. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Five Steps the C-suite Should Know About Optimizing the Hospital Supply Chain
As hospitals across the country feel pressure to cut costs and improve operational efficiencies, the role of the hospital supply chain becomes increasingly important. Hospital supply chain issues are no longer just the concern of materials management departments and service line VPs. C-suite executives are also getting heavily involved. When they do, they should first know five critical points when it comes to supply chain management. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

California hospitals begin limiting visitors over H1N1 flu
Los Angeles Times – October 21, 2009
MD Anderson opens Florida facility
Orlando Business Journal – October 21, 2009
Divorce of San Francisco medical groups plays out in ads
San Francisco Chronicle – October 19, 2009
Public option is next big hurdle in health debate
New York Times – October 15, 2009

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Developing Systems of Care: At our recent event, HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Charlie Baker sat down to talk about the growing importance for healthcare providers to develop multidisciplinary systems of care. Baker, who is now running as a Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, also discussed how three aspects of the national health reform debate are similar to the Bay State's ongoing universal coverage efforts. [Listen Now]