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Medication Mistakes Have Doubled in U.S. Since 2000: Study

 

The rate of serious mix-ups has doubled since 2000, a new study reports. Four out of 10 mistakes involve heart medications, painkillers or hormone therapy prescriptions, including insulin. And the errors often put patients in the hospital, the study found.

4 health wearables trying to break through hospital walls

 

Wearables are inching closer to clinical use — from checking vital signs to warning of seizures — by letting doctors monitor patients in less invasive ways. Health care startups have developed some wearables to the point where hospitals and health clinics may soon embrace them as a way to improve patient outcomes and drive down the cost of care.

More female leadership: a different kind of health care reform

 

Study after study has demonstrated that organizations with gender-balanced leadership are more successful than their homogenous counterparts.

Population health should be major focus in remaking med ed

 

Dr. Nash will detail his work in population health and its future in medical education as a keynote speaker during the ChangeMedEd™ 2017 National Conference. Taking place Sept. 14–16 in Chicago, the event aims to further the work of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative by bringing together innovators from medical and health professions education, health systems and related fields. Registration is open until Aug. 31.

Kidney transplant rules may curb disparities

 

A shift in how donor kidneys are allocated in the U.S. has been linked with higher transplant rates for black and Hispanic patients, a recent study suggests.

Healthcare hiring soars in June with 36,500 new jobs

 

The healthcare industry continued to churn out jobs in June even as it faces uncertainty over efforts by the Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The industry produced 36,500 jobs in June, marking the strongest month so far in 2017 for job creation in the healthcare sector and far outpacing the 20,600 jobs added in May, according to the most recent jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall employment in the sector is now 15.74 million. The strong payroll creation in healthcare last month was on par with the rest of the nation.