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FCC Proposal to Expand Rural Broadband Too Limiting
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
If the U.S. is ever to improve rural America's access to quality healthcare, the one thing it must provide—just about everyone agrees—is broadband Internet access.  Connections are needed from clinics to hospitals and to physician offices, to specialists who read images in faraway places, and even to patients' homes so their conditions can be remotely monitored and managed.[Read More]
August 18, 2010
Editor's Picks

Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors
Sure, mistakes happen in hospitals and doctors' offices. Some of them may truly be unavoidable. But healthcare providers can appreciate the gravity of these mistakes much more if they take this report seriously which estimates their cost at nearly $20 billion a year.[Read More]

Jet Blue Flight Attendant Rage Resonates With Workers
Our Senior Editor John Commins links air safety with healthcare safety by drawing parallels between the Jet Blue flight attendant's tantrum last week and the mood of many healthcare workers today. As John says, the flight attendant and healthcare worker are often scapegoats for problems beyond their control.[Read More]

1 in 5 Hospitalizations Involve Diabetes Patients
It makes sense that patients with diabetes cost more, but I'm not sure that patients with diabetes realize the extent, or even the healthcare industry. This federal report should make us think about how prevention strategies might improve the bottom line for everyone, including the taxpayer.[Read More]

1 in 2 Catheter-Linked UTIs Avoidable, Study Says
Catheter associated urinary tract infections are a common issue in hospital care. This report quantifies how many of them could be prevented if doctors and nurses have regular reminders to remove the catheters when they're no longer needed. [Read More]

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It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Less blood is really more, transfusion critics say – August 18, 2010
Hospitals partner up on medical facility in Colorado
The Denver Post – August 18, 2010
Former hospital employees seek details of St. Vincent's financial collapse
NY1 News – August 17, 2010
EHRs can't measure stage 1 meaningful use
Information Week – August 17, 2010

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