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  1. The Long-Term Effects of Tracking Employee Behavior
    RFID tracking used to monitor employee hand hygiene compliance is not a “fire and forget” technology according to a new study. Find out what researches think may have caused compliance fallout following an initial upswing in hand-washing as well as what intervention may have been even more effective. Harvard Business Review
  2. Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier
    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has long supported the nationwide implementation of unique patient identifiers as a way of ensuring accurate patient identification when sharing data among providers, but Congress has consistently shied away from the idea. Now, as interoperability moves up the industry’s priority list, signs point to  a change of attitude. HealthIT Interoperability
  3. Most US hospitals fail to staff ICUs appropriately, Leapfrog survey finds
    According to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, only 47 percent of reporting hospitals meet the recommended coverage standard of having one or more board-certified intensivists on staff in the ICU even though doing so can save lives. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality 
  4. Medical Errors: What a Nurse Knows About Protecting Patients
    A nurse shares firsthand knowledge about medical errors in an effort to empower all healthcare professionals to arm themselves with “moral courage” and speak up when they believe an error could or already has occurred. HealthLeaders Media
  5. Transforming the Continuum of Care With Technology
    A nurse and IT expert for more than 25 years, Judy Murphy, chief nursing officer for IBM Global Healthcare, speaks to the critical role that nurses – especially nurse informaticists – play in a fast evolving healthcare industry. PSQH