American Hospitals Throw Away $15M in Unused Surgical Supplies Each Year

Hub – Johns Hopkins University A report published in the World Journal of Surgery found that each year, American hospitals collectively throw away upwards of $15 million in unused surgical supplies. These perfectly usable supplies are discarded, despite their condition – and usefulness to other facilities. The researchers found that some of this waste stems from “bundling,” where surgical materials …

COVID-19 Creates Increased Risk of Healthcare Cyberattacks

Healthcare IT News Global technology company Acronis predicts an increase in cyberattacks on healthcare industry facilities and technology in the face of pandemic-related disruptions. Increased demand for telehealth and digital solutions has led to a scramble for technology adoption, and such urgency is likely to result in vulnerabilities. This could extend to individuals working within the healthcare field because of …

What to Look for in a Payroll Vendor

Workest (Powered by Zenefits) Payroll is a critical part of a functioning HR department. For smaller businesses, leaning on automated solutions, outsourcing, or a combination of such agile solutions is the new norm. However a company chooses to structure their payroll department, it must first and foremost serve the best interest of the staff, including timely paychecks, accuracy, responsive communication, …

Hospitals Are Taking Control of Their Supply Chain in Two Major Ways

Supply Chain Dive To combat issues within their supply chains, some hospitals take on a model of self-distribution, bypassing third party distributors to work directly with the suppliers of essential equipment and supplies. While this approach of connecting to manufacturers without a distribution company includes large upfront costs (particularly in transportation), it can also yield tremendous savings in the long …

COVID-19 and Adopting Digital Technology

Healthcare IT News Over the course of 2020, the ongoing pandemic has caused major disruptions in the healthcare space, among many other industries. These disruptions, as well as the mounting healthcare needs of the public, have led to massive adoption of digital technologies that had previously been resisted, ignored, or deprioritized. As of June 2020, telehealth adoption in the US …

Best Practices for Onboarding Employees in 2021

Workest (Powered by Zenefits) Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HR departments across industries are contending with unprecedented and unpredicted changes in the way their companies operate. To help mitigate these difficulties in the coming year, HR departments should examine and fine tune their employee onboarding processes to better fit the current state of the world. These best practices include remote …

5 Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2021

Fierce Healthcare The impact of COVID-19, the pace of technology, and shortages in qualified healthcare workers have spurred major changes across the healthcare industry. Looking to the future, several predictions have been made about what to expect in the coming years, including consolidation of hospitals, financial disruption, increased demand for telehealth, and continued difficulty dealing with high patient volumes. Using …

All About Independent Contractors

Workest (Powered by Zenefits) Independent contractors are becoming more common across industries of all kinds. Some HR departments, however, might not have a clear understanding of the capabilities, tax implications, value, and potential drawbacks of working with such contracted employees. Taking a broad look at the ins and outs of hiring independent contractors is essential.

COVID-19 Causing Unprecedented Financial Pressure for Health Systems

American Hospital Association The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be felt across industries, but hospitals and health systems are facing particularly devastating financial pressures. Many factors are at play, from facilities at capacity with COVID patients to unmet worker demand, increased costs of staffing to revenue lost from canceled surgeries/procedures. These aggregate costs, along with PPE, reduced emergency room …

Listening to Employees is Critical

Employee engagement remains a challenge for many companies and across many industries. Plenty of businesses know to pay close attention to the opinions and behaviors of their customers, yet don’t extend the same listening ear to their staff. Studies repeatedly show that employees who feel heard, valued, and involved in decision making are more engaged, more productive, and over the …