There have been many initiatives over the last several decades to improve an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. Few have achieved actual results and even fewer have been tested in the most difficult situations. The United States Navy has lived and proven the results of HRO for the better part of 30 years.
One of the most potent weapons available to doctors and patients when fighting disease is time. When it comes to conditions like cancer, stroke, or diabetic retinopathy, the earlier they are diagnosed, the better the chances for successful treatment. New diagnostic tools incorporating artificial intelligence are currently being developed that may help doctors in different specialties make more accurate diagnoses more quickly
Whether you’re a private practice or a large hospital, risk mitigation should be an integral part of the of the organizational process. While many organizations have emergency plans to handle obvious risks, it’s important to think about risk very broadly: risks can be anything that causes you to lose revenue (both current and potential).
As the political landscape and patient expectations continue to change, committing to processes that concentrate on superior care and risk mitigation is critical. Maintaining Highly Reliable Organization (HRO) status is not only a goal for healthcare organizations, it’s required for sustaining competitiveness.
Organizations that are renowned for upholding this gold standard almost always have commonalities in how they approach their processes. Here are some traits we find in the most successful HROs:
As the expectations of quality healthcare change, progressive leaders are now looking beyond the traditionally myopic patient-care standards to provide a holistic approach to patient outcomes. This approach considers not only the patient’s state of well being, but also the care provider. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to use one’s own emotions to positively manage high-stress situations and overcome challenges. For medical professionals, this can translate into the ability to better communicate and empathize with their patients and coworkers, as well as harness their internal stress and approach problems with a clear, open mind.
Leveraging innovative technology has become more of a requirement for healthcare organizations to remain competitive with patient expectations. As healthcare IT continues to rapidly advance, identifying a solution that adds value and drives profit can be a daunting task, not to mention the hassle of transitioning internal processes.
As we head into the new year, let’s take a look at a few trends that we expect to shape the way we approach, and manage patient care.
When it comes to the healthcare industry, one thing is certain: things will never stop changing. From the introduction of new technology to improving best practice standards, our industry is constantly evolving. It’s up to our leaders to manage these changes in the right way, and at the right pace.
Here are a few tips to help leaders navigate their teams and organizations through any transition
Stress impacts everything–from our bodies to our minds–and it can even cause changes in behavior.
Physically, it can cause headaches, stomach problems, and difficulty sleeping. Mentally, it can affect our mood, making us feel anxious, restless, and overwhelmed. It can even play a role in our behavior, causing emotional outbursts, withdrawal, and changes in eating habits.
What else can stress do? It can cause us to make mistakes, like venting to the stranger at the deli, over-analyzing minor details, procrastinating important responsibilities, and making hasty decisions.
In a world where everything is “smart,” it’s no surprise that the healthcare industry is reaping the benefits of digital innovation. Not only has it allowed for more efficiency and better care within our organizations, it’s given us the tools we need to ensure that our patients live longer, healthier lives.
Here are a few of the latest digital trends that have the potential to revolutionize the way we do healthcare.
From emerging technology to value-based compensation to the debate surrounding health insurance, being an executive in today’s healthcare environment can be incredibly challenging, to say the least.
Here are a few of the biggest challenges executives are facing right now, as well as tips for overcoming them.