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Enhancing The Patient Experience With Technology

You don’t have to go far to hear patient experience horror stories, and more than a few would likely name clunky or insensitive tech as the major culprit of their tale. New tools and consumer-minded organizations are promising a change, meaning that hospitals must start moving faster to meet patients where they live, work and play — or risk losing market share to competitors that put their users first and foremost.

This month, our coverage will continue a special focus on the patient experience. We’ll talk to the thought leaders and first-movers reimagining the how and where of patient-friendly tech, and report on ways to activate, if not delight, the people they treat.

The insurance industry will remain but the traditional PPO is beginning to come to an end as costs are outstripping inflation and wages, CEO says.

 

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‘Unsafe’ Cygnet Hospital Coventry Put in Special Measures

A woman on an “unsafe” mental health ward claims she had to untie a ligature from another patient as there were no staff to help, a watchdog said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said two people had died on the “chaotic” Dunsmore ward at Cygnet Hospital Coventry, which it shut following an inspection in July.

The private mental health hospital for women was rated inadequate has been placed in special measures.

Cygnet said it was addressing issues.

 

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Lawsuit Alleges That Mail-Order Pharmacy Error Killed NC Woman

A mail-order pharmacy sent a North Carolina woman the wrong medication, a lawsuit alleges. The woman didn’t notice the error before taking the pills, and died as a result.

A federal jury will now consider whether the mail-order pharmacy is responsible for the woman’s death in early 2014.

The 74-year-old woman, Bertha Autry Small, from Fayetteville was sent the wrong pills in late 2013, according to court documents. Small, who was suffering from several health problems, was described as being “barely literate.” She did not realize she had the wrong medication, and took the pills, according to a ruling from the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

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Health Officials Disclose Another Romaine Outbreak, Now Qver

Health officials are disclosing another food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they say it appears to be over.

The disclosure comes after romaine producers pledged to step up safety measures following a series of outbreaks , including one last year that sickened more than 200 and killed five. Experts say it’s not clear why romaine keeps getting tainted.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it learned of the newest E. coli outbreak in mid-September. By the time it identified romaine as the likely source, it says the tainted produce was no longer on shelves. It says 23 people were sickened between July 12 and Sept. 8. No deaths were reported.

 

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Daylight Savings Time: How The Time Change Affects Sleep, Health

Daylight saving time ends and clocks will “fall back” an hour this weekend, giving Americans the feeling of an extra hour in the morning, which could negatively affect their health.

“Ever since the institution of daylight saving time, there has been controversy regarding whether it accomplishes its goals or not, and if so – at what cost,” Timothy Morgenthaler, Mayo Clinic’s co-director of the Center for Sleep Medicine, said in a 2018 interview.

Morgenthaler has reviewed about 100 medical papers related to how the time change could affect health.

 

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Painting For Morale: How One Hospital is Taking Patient Care To The Next Level

Staff at Regional Hospital have come together to take on an art project to help their sick patients. After a month in the making, it will finally debut Friday afternoon.

Many of us know that being stuck in a hospital room can be lonely especially when you’re surrounded by dull walls and machines.

Staff at Regional are trying to spruce things up for their patients during their stay and together they’ve painted four different themed rooms on the pediatric floor.

The themes include outer space, farm life, the mountains, and even Dr. Seuss.

 

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‘There Was No Choice’: Nurse Adopts Autistic Man So He Can Have Life-Saving Heart Transplant

NEWNAN, Ga. (CBS Local) — An ICU nurse in Georgia recently adopted a 27-year-old man with autism so he could get a life-saving heart transplant.

Jonathan Pinkard fell at work last year and was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan. He was told he needed a heart transplant, but wasn’t eligible to get one.

Then, ICU nurse Lori Wood was assigned to Pinkard in December 2018.

“Jonathan was very sick, but he wasn’t eligible for a transplant because he didn’t have a support system,” Wood told TODAY. “One of the requirements is that you have someone to care for you afterwards.”

 

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Here’s How To Feed Your Kids Right

Rice only won’t cut it. Eating a variety of foods from all five food groups is essential for a child’s proper growth and development.

Modern parents are often busy with their jobs and without help at home, resulting in many young children being sent to nurseries or babysitters during the day.

In such a situation, it can be tough for parents to monitor what their children eat, if they are receiving proper nutrition and if they are practising good eating habits.

Young children and pre-schoolers are at a rapid phase of growth and development, and need to receive sufficient nutrition for optimal growth.

 

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Immunology Company Kira Biotech launches with A$20M Series A Funding

BRISBANE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Australian immunology company Kira Biotech today announced it has secured Series A funding of A$20 million to develop therapeutics targeting difficult-to-treat immune system disorders.

“In doing so, KB312 limits the negative impacts of broad immunosuppression and preserves beneficial immune cells that protect patients against infections and malignancies.”

Kira Biotech’s research program focuses on immune tolerance and targets cells and pathways that are key activators of the immune response in patients with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and type 1 diabetes.

KB312 is an antibody with a novel target that is common to many immune system disorders and is key to restoration or induction of immune tolerance.

 

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