Watch out for “e-iatrogenesis,” which can be found at the intersection of technology and the human beings who use it — and misuse it. Though HIT improves patient safety, it can also help to create new kinds of errors that can cause some harm. Here’s what insurers can do about it.
Not so long ago, hospitals, physicians, and insurers all looked with wariness upon retail health care clinics. Now, they are seen as cost-effective allies that could help to relieve the ever-swelling backlog of patients seeking care. Quality? So far they seem to measure up.
With retail health clinics popping up left and right, the delivery of care is leaving the confines of the physician’s office and heading for shopping plazas and storefronts. Now hospital care is also on the move and changing venues.
Some high-profile cases involving celebrities have Americans paying more attention to traumatic brain injury and going to emergency departments in record numbers as a result. Thoughtfully designed treatment guidelines might help physicians determine the severity of an injury and, eventually, cut down on ED visits.
Length of stay is increasing, as is the utilization of imaging procedures. Nevertheless, transferring patients from the emergency department to the observation unit (OU) remains less costly than inpatient admissions. Researchers reached their conclusion after examining data on nearly 16,000 patients admitted to the hospital or OUs between January 2009 and December 2012.