Why Constant Improvement is Crucial for Success in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is an industry that is continuously growing, expanding and learning. To provide the best service, providers need to strive to improve their practice offerings, data and diagnostic information.
Outcome and patient care and knowledge are critical to good case management.  Please review our certifications for nurses
Outcome and patient care and knowledge are critical to good case management. Please review our certifications for nurses

 

Better Informed Patients

More than ever, today’s patients are smarter and more informed than ever. With the advent of the internet and many legitimate medical websites such as sites on nursing informatics, patients can learn significant insight into symptoms they are experiencing as well as different types of healthcare that is offered. They come alone or with family to their doctors with questions in hand and listen attentively.

 

More Choices

The healthcare field now includes urgent care and walk in clinics, where patients can be seen without appointments. This increases competition and takes money away from other practices. In addition, patients with minor illnesses can see a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner to obtain an antibiotic for a simple easy to diagnose condition. These walk in practices are often open on weekends and nights when many doctors no longer have hours. Unless experiencing a life threatening or serious injury, patients will go to urgent care.

Better Faster Diagnoses

Healthcare practitioners need to have improved ability to diagnose and treat more quickly than before to keep patients coming and leaving with more information than when they came in. Private office could improve by expanding hours. Many internal medical and family practices have their own laboratories and radiology services in their own offices fulfilling the needs of patients. Patients are happier when they can save time by not having to go to another building, filling out more paperwork and waiting all over again for labs or X-rays. Patient’s value time saved.

Less Insurance, More Money

Some patients, disgusted with attempting to obtain public or private insurance, opt to self-pay for some services. These services may include annual checkups or vaccinations. They feel by the time they pay the premiums and battle over reimbursement, it is easier to simply just pay out of pocket for some health care costs. These patients are going to want the most bang for their buck, so well maintained offices and caring staff are a necessity. Pleasant surroundings and modern equipment will keep self-pay and insurance covered patients feeling they are being well served.

 

State of the art diagnostics in office will help achieve turnaround time for labs and radiology reports. Patients want to know test results quickly and have a right for that. Regularly updating practice software, diagnostic equipment and continuing education for employees will keep practices well recommended and busy.

Conclusion

Overall, constant improvement is essential for the healthcare industry because there is always a better and more efficient way that things can be done. It needs to keep developing so that we can save more people and make more of a difference. It will be incredible to see how this industry keeps advancing in the future. There is an incredible amount of potential!

Author Bio-Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

 

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Moving Forward: How to Boost and Revitalize Your Nursing Career

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How can you diversify and excel your nursing career? Please review our certifications for nurses at AIHCP

The rapid shift of the United States healthcare system over the past decade has resulted in both experienced and new nurses trying to adapt to a slew of new responsibilities in an expanded field. The new role that nurses are expected to fulfill can be difficult when they are already trained and accustomed to one, but just because there are new changes taking over the healthcare system doesn’t mean that your career needs to suffer. There are plenty of ways for you to revitalize your nursing career and get into the mindset necessary to thrive in the evolving times.

Think Outside Hospital Walls

The challenges of the U.S. healthcare system have resulted in a major shift in the way people receive medical care. Hospitals were once a one-stop location for most patients’ needs, especially those without an insurance plan. But now there has been a surge of acute-care facilities and many portions of hospitals are being converted from in-patient care areas to primary and ambulatory care facilities. This change has given rise to the need of a shift in the mindset of American nurses. The methodical, task-oriented approach that has worked so well in hospitals for years is no longer enough to get you by. A nurse now needs to know how to respond in the same fast and efficient way a hospital dictates while operating under a care-centered perspective.

Changing Focus from Sickness to Health

A nurse is used to seeing people at their worst. They help treat illnesses and many have taken care of people in their final moments. But the new paradigm of American nursing has resulted in a different function of hospitals. Instead of directing all of your attention toward maladies, you now need to be able to meet patients and treat them with their ongoing wellness in mind. This may not initially strike you as exciting as trauma care, but it can actually bestow you with a much more optimistic and upbeat approach to work as you focus on nutrition and wellness coaching, care and stress management and so on.

Don’t Be Afraid to Wander

Exploring your career options and wanting to broaden your horizons as a medical professional is completely okay. If you have a particular field that you’re passionate about and don’t see it as a viable choice in your current location, start searching elsewhere. Return to school, study a specialization you always wanted. Consider pursuing an online master of science in nursing degree to further sharpen your skills. Try out ambulatory care or primary care even if you’ve dedicated yourself to working the hospital floors. You won’t adapt or find any happiness in your career unless you’re willing to branch out and shape the new changes sweeping the field to your advantage.

Although there’s much more involved with revitalizing your nursing career, there are distinct keys to success that can guide you no matter what direction you decide to take. First and foremost, don’t be afraid of change. It’s just another word for opportunity. Second, find camaraderie. You aren’t the only nurse struggling, and an open discussion with your fellow nurses may be exactly what you all need to move forward. Lastly, have the courage to do what is best for your nursing career, even if it means leaving familiar territory in search of something more gratifying.

About the Author: Marlena Stoddard is a freelance writer who received her BA from University of Georgia.

 

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Is Nurse Practitioner Care Cost-Effective?

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A nurse practitioner is a key element in reducing healthcare costs. Please review our certifications for nurses

Evidence for the cost-effectiveness of NPs in ambulatory care roles is promising, but how should cost-effectiveness be defined?

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Nurses led the charge against domestic violence

Nurses can be the first to report these horrible cases.  Also please review our certifications for nurses
Nurses can be the first to report these horrible cases. Also please review our certifications for nurses

As some on TV talk shows wonder aloud, humorously or otherwise, what nurses really do, it’s important to understand the role they have played in changing health care. This is especially true in how the entire medical sector looks at and responds to domestic violence.

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Great article on how nurses are on the front line in hospitals of identifying and reporting domestic violence.  Nurses and other healthcare professionals can play a key role in protecting women from domestic assault

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How Health Information Systems are Changing Healthcare

How Health Information Systems are Changing Healthcare

Information and the way data is used in healthcare is growing.  Please also review our certifications for nurses at AIHCP
Information and the way data is used in healthcare is growing. Please also review our certifications for nurses at AIHCP

Information is at the core of modern healthcare. Aggregated data from multiple sources to produce a broad perspective of insights is critical to improving patient care. The following are examples of ways health information systems are affecting change in today’s healthcare system.

Health Information Systems and Big Data Analysis

Healthcare is becoming so information-driven that the need for big data analysis has become central to modern healthcare concerns. From population studies to localizing medical resources for efficient patient treatment regimens, the ability to track and treat disease trends inline with these trends as they happen is a science that has come of age. Health information systems end up being a vast source of aggregated data that fits into these big data models; therefore, these systems require constant data updates and analysis to reflect vital events in current health trends.

HIS and Global Metrics

As with any system of information collection and analysis methods, the ability to accurately gather and properly account for health information to establish health information systems is a big issue. According to Phinnetwork.org, the Health Metrics Network, which was established back in 2005, is dedicated to strengthening the development of global health information systems. One area of critical interest is focused on accurate collection of data on births, deaths, and causes of deaths in different countries to establish accurate metrics for use in health information systems shared across the globe.

Health Information Management

Since there is great demand for developing useful health information systems, this has given rise to the need for RHIA certified professionals who complete health information management degree programs. From focusing on legal and ethical standards to understanding components of HIS databases and information documentation standards, qualified health information management technicians are integral in helping to gather and manage the data needed to affect change in medical policies and practices within the healthcare industry.

Data Quality Improving Healthcare in Less Developed Countries

While it is common for developed countries, like the United States or Britain, to enjoy the advantage of vast streams of medical information, the modern drive for quality health information systems has helped to bring this advantage to other less-developed countries. With improvements to the rate at which these countries receive updated medical knowledge, this new method of disseminating quality medical information makes it possible for medical treatments and procedures in these countries to catch up with how these practices are being implemented in the rest of the developed world.

 

As new information is being gathered to support the viability of health information systems, the tendency of these systems is to produce an ever-evolving picture of health. Whether that picture is tightly focused to a local region or broadly reflects the state of health across the globe, the ability to manage this data in useful ways is a testament to modern healthcare’s innovation. With enough data collection and analysis, it is believed that many modern diseases and costly healthcare concerns will inevitably be eliminated by a more efficiently functioning healthcare system.

 

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

 

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The 5 Most In-Demand Healthcare Careers

The 5 Most In-Demand Healthcare Careers

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Even with difficult economic times now and in the foreseeable future, healthcare personnel continue to find jobs faster than just about any other industry. Baby boomers are aging, and their children have had their children. Who is getting hired at such staggering rates?

Nurses

For the last 20 years it has been nurses, and for at least the next 10 years it will still be nurses. Job openings for nurses are expected to number 500,000 in the next three years. Baby boomers will be needing more nurses and more of the baby boomer nurses will be retiring. The fastest growth areas for nursing appear to be in outpatient care facilities, home health care and physicians’ offices.

Medical Assistants

These are support personnel for doctors and nurses that perform both clinical and administrative functions. They’ll take a patient’s vital signs, administer medications and injections, and enter them on medical records. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in this field are expected to increase 29 percent by 2022. Those interested in a career as a medical assistant should pursue an online health education degree, which typically requires the completion of an internship before the degree is awarded.

Medical Records Technologists

With the aging of both the baby boomers and their children, somebody has to maintain all of those medical records. This field has become much more complex than it was 20 years ago, primarily due to electronic record systems. They’re mostly employed in hospitals, long term care facilities and doctors’ offices. The Bureau of Labor expects a 30% increase in these jobs to 2022. There are programs that offer an associate’s degree in this field.

Medical Lab Technologists

These technologists work under the supervision of a lab manager and senior medical technologist. They perform laboratory tests on specimens. A large percentage of decisions made by physicians are based on medical laboratory test results. Job growth projected through 2018 is at a 22 percent increase. A four year bachelor’s degree is required for this position.

Physical Therapists

There are more jobs for physical therapists than available physical therapists. There is an expected 36 percent increase in demand for them through 2022. Although training is extensive, the career pays very well. Physical therapy assistants are also in demand and will be in the future.

The job forecast in the healthcare industry is robust. The demand for quality healthcare continues to grow with more jobs than personnel to fill them.

By Marlena Stoddard

 

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