Patient Safety

The Business Case for Clinical Excellence

The Business Case for Clinical Excellence

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Patient Safety

In the complex and continually changing environment of health care, some institutions—including Johns Hopkins—are differentiating themselves by establishing niche programs that deliver world-class care on selected fronts. Known as centers of excellence, these programs provide patients with specialized expertise and resources, and they offer advantages both within and between health care institutions. Patient-Centered Care In(...)

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Unraveling Irrationality in Heath Care

Unraveling Irrationality in Heath Care

Posted by  | Health Innovation, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Research

Reasoning defines human intelligence, yet we all too often make choices that utterly defy logic. We’re impatient or irrational—or both—even when it comes to ensuring our own good health. An earlier post covered the huge risk of overprescribing antibiotics. Overuse exposes patients to potentially dangerous side effects, wastes resources, increases antibiotic resistance and spurs the(...)

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Deadly Resistance

Deadly Resistance

Posted by  | Health Innovation, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Research

Dr. Sara Cosgrove The Scottish physician Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. Since then, antibiotics have transformed modern medicine and saved millions of lives by killing or slowing the growth of the bacteria that cause conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. However, shortly after winning the Nobel Prize in 1945, Fleming issued this warning in(...)

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One for the Record Books

One for the Record Books

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Latin America, Patient Care, Patient Safety

On May 11, 2016, Pacifica Salud Hospital Punta Pacifica made history by performing the first successful heart transplant in Panama. For the two years leading up to this event, Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) worked with our affiliate Pacifica Salud behind the scenes, providing guidance in clinical programs, staff development, quality and patient safety. As(...)

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Localizing Clinical Care

Localizing Clinical Care

Posted by  | Asia Pacific, Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Education, Medical Technology, Middle East, Patient Care, Patient Safety

Health care is a competitive business. Hospitals often invest in their clinical programs as a way to distinguish themselves in an increasingly tough marketplace. Hospitals offer clinical programs, such as emergency services, to compete directly for patients. Others use some services as a stepping stone leading to other in-demand care, for example, launching cardiac catheterization(...)

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Download on Telehealth

Download on Telehealth

Posted by  | Collaboration, Health Innovation, Patient Care, Patient Safety

As you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your phone is in your hand or at least within close reach. People everywhere are reliant upon—maybe even addicted—to their smartphones. This trend in our globalized world opens up great opportunities to improve health and health care. The evolution in technology—including online transactions, electronic medical records and(...)

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“Call of Duty” Meets ER

“Call of Duty” Meets ER

Posted by  | Health Innovation, Medical Technology, Patient Safety

As early as the 1960s, the armed services, government laboratories and military think tanks began using the most modern computers available to create computer-based games for training, analysis and virtual warfare. These simulations created a low-risk, yet effective way to test and refine military and political policies and prepare teams to undertake extremely difficult tasks.(...)

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Betting Big on Artificial Intelligence

Betting Big on Artificial Intelligence

Posted by  | Health Innovation, Medical Technology, Patient Safety, Research

Though the term hadn’t yet been invented, the first “smartphone” became available to consumers in 1994. It was the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, and it retailed for today’s equivalent of $1,852—without a contract. Back then, who would have imagined that clunky, expensive mobile could represent the future of medicine? So much has changed nearly 25(...)

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Saving Lives by Lowering High Blood Pressure

Saving Lives by Lowering High Blood Pressure

Posted by  | Health Innovation, Medical Technology, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Precision Medicine, Research

By Dr. Oscar Cingolani We all know high blood pressure is a global threat, often called “the silent killer.” In fact, hypertension is responsible for one in eight deaths worldwide, and it is the major culprit behind stroke, heart and kidney disease. In a new effort to curb this deadly impact, the American Heart Association(...)

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Partners Forum 2017: Outcomes and Off-site Care

Partners Forum 2017: Outcomes and Off-site Care

Posted by  | Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Technology, Middle East, Patient Care, Patient Safety

Each year at Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s Partners Forum, leaders from our global affiliates discuss ways to improve health and health care for the collective good. This year’s theme, “The Evolution of Health Care: Predictions and Practices in a Changing Environment,” helped us better understand the context and landscape of health care today. We wrestled(...)

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