mednews-logo.300The complexity of our nation’s healthcare system is intensified by factors including the way professionals communicate with each other to the extent to which technology is utilized and leveraged to achieve desired outcomes. Here’s a roundup of important healthcare quality and patient safety 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.  Doctors Throwing Fits
    A new book pulls back the curtain and examines what the author describes as a bullying epidemic that’s putting nurses and patients at risk. Read some of the stories and research that inspired Alexandra Robbins to write, The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital.
  2. Leapfrog Shows Hospitals’ Progress on Safety Grades
    Trend lines are visible now that The Leapfrog Group has rolled out its seventh cycle of Hospital Safety Scores since 2012. Learn more about the scoring process and view your facility’s score here.
  3. Health Information Technology: Where We Stand And Where We Need To Go
    Karen DeSalvo, MD, national coordinator for health IT, outlines her three-fold plan to achieve interoperability which includes universal standards, strategies for holding people accountable and incentivization.
  4. No Return Trips: Hospitals Under Pressure to Lower Readmissions
    Two years after the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation’s release of The Revolving Door: A Report on U.S. Hospital Readmissions, where do we stand in the race to reduce repeat visits to the hospital?  Access that report as well as updated data here.
  5. Is it time to surrender control of the medical record?
    Consider one physician’s commentary inspired by a recent New York Times article that laid out a pretty strong argument for open records.