mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Disclosure, Apology and Resolution – No Turning Back Now
    While the thought of openly discussing preventable harm with patients remains a daunting topic for most organizations, hospitals leading the movement to cease traditional “deny and defend” policies stand committed and respected in the eyes of their patients.
  2. U.S. News Hospital Rankings to Double Role of Patient Safety, Cut Back Reputation
    Learn more about how U.S. News & World Reports plans to change its methodology in calculating hospital scores for its annual “Best Hospitals” list and find out why the publication is considering giving special kudos to hospitals that regularly conduct patient safety culture surveys.
  3. [STUDY] How Physician Note Sharing Can Improve Patient Engagement & Safety
    Widespread adoption of the electronic medical record is making a fully-transparent health record much more palatable — for patients and physicians. Learn what the ongoing OpenNotes initiative is telling us about the benefits of allowing patients to log in to a password-protected portal to read their physician’s notes following a doctor’s visit.
  4. 12 Things I’d Change on Hospital Compare
    Read through this author’s insightful recommendations made to prompt the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to start thinking hard about revamping its current Hospital Compare website.
  5. A Letter to Healthcare Providers from a Consumer
    The doctor/patient relationship has a brand new feel, and it feels like today’s patient, or “consumer,” is going to be calling a lot of the shots. This piece provides an eye-opening look inside the more informed patient’s head and shoots straight when it comes to explaining that patients want what they’re paying for.
  6. The Hospital Room of the Future
    Check out the amazing rendering that accompanies this piece. From an over-bed fixture, which can be programmed to administer light therapy, to innovative floor, wall and equipment surfaces that repel bacteria, the sky is the limit when it comes to redesigning hospital rooms that will be safer for patients and less costly in the long-run for hospitals.