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  1. Hospital Readmission Rates Can Be Curbed by Longer LOS, Study Finds
    After analyzing Medicare data, researchers at Columbia Business School found that keeping heart failure patients in the hospital for an extra day can lower their chances of returning to the hospital.
  2. Humanizing the Care Experience with Technology
    According to Bridget Duffy, MD, chief medical officer for Vocera and former chief experience officer at the Cleveland Clinic, it is imperative that we acknowledge that communication is what’s wrong in healthcare. Communication issues threaten patient safety, contribute to wasted resources and are costing healthcare organizaitons big bucks. Access the free webinar, Designing the Idea Communication Network to Optimize Healthcare Outcomes, and find out why Duffy and her colleagues believe that investing in technologies that humanize the healthcare experience and bring clinicians back to the bedside is crucial.
  3. Size Matters: FDA Will Study What Pills Look Like to Boost Patient Safety Adherence
    The FDA plans to conduct a study of approximately 3,000 pharmacists and patients to determine whether consistency in size, shape and color of medications, especially generic drugs,  affects adherence practices.