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Sampling of Electronic Medical Records Predicts Hospital Mortality

  Validated system for monitoring electronic health records in real time predicts patients at a higher risk for mortality, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Hospitalized patients can deteriorate quickly, requiring prompt identification and treatment, especially since each hour of treatment delay can increase the risk of mortality. In a […]

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Inpatient Housestaff Discontinuity of Care and Patient Adverse Events

  For more than a decade, the medical community has been concerned about continuity of care. Concern began when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented national duty hour limitations in 2003. These rules became more restrictive in 2010. The current rules include an 80-hour-per-week limit, no more than 16 hours consecutively (for interns) or 28 […]

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Optimize Your Electronic Medical Record to Increase Value: Reducing Laboratory Overutilization

Eliminating electronic health record features that facilitate over-utilization is likely to be a safe and effective method of reducing hospital costs. Purpose The purpose of this study is to decrease overutilization of laboratory testing by eliminating a feature of the electronic ordering system that allowed providers to order laboratory tests to occur daily without review. […]

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Are Hospitals Healthy Buildings? (video)

In a provocative TEDMed talk, hospital architect Robin Guenther challenges the healthcare establishment and calls for “hospitals that restore health.” From vinyl flooring to cleaning chemicals to healthy food to supply chain management, Guenther says that hospitals should rethink their business model. “How do we transform the 20th century model that focuses on healthcare to […]

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Anthony Bourdain: From ‘Kitchen Confidential’ to Hospital Hallways

Good Advice from Anthony Bourdain My wife and I are big fans of chef Anthony Bourdain. In his bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential,1 Bourdain lists some sage advice for anyone considering a career as a chef. On reading this list, I realized that many of his bon mots apply equally well to a life lived in medicine. Below […]

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