Many Hospitals are Managing Supply Chain Data Manually, If At All

Healthcare IT News According to a survey sponsored by Syft, a supply chain management vendor, hospitals across the healthcare industry are using substandard methods for supply chain management, including manual processes that could be drastically improved through technology. Nearly half of respondents reported using spreadsheets and other “by hand” methods for inventory tracking, despite acknowledging the ROI and improved outcomes …

Hospital Financial Stability Directly Related to Quality of Care

US National Library of Medicine An in depth study of 109 New York State acute care facilities has confirmed, in greater detail, the equivocal findings by a number of other research projects: that the quality of care, patient safety, and overall experience provided by a healthcare facility is directly related to its financial performance. Through multiple measures of financial performance …

Boost Employee Engagement

Workest (Powered by Zenefits) Employee engagement is vital for successful organizations, and HR departments (and other leadership roles) have a duty to cultivate an engaged, motivated workforce. While there are many factors involved in maintaining an engaged staff, some critical measures include hiring the right people, providing a clear mission, providing necessary tools for success, consistent employee surveys, rewards and …

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 …