Topic: hospitals

Gawande discusses end-of-life care on Frontline

Doctors who ask patients nearing the end of life about their goals and priorities can help shape decisions about the individual’s end-of-life care and help the person and their families come to terms with their questions and fears, according to Atul Gawande,…

Fixing a broken health care system

February 2014 -- Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, shares his thoughts on what he refers to as "probably the most dangerous place in the world for a human being—an American hospital. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/campaign/

U.S. hospitals prepare for Ebola

Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at HSPH, and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, has done a number of interviews with national media outlets over the last few days on controlling the spread of Ebola in the U.S.…

Financial well-being and health

October 6, 2014 -- A new study by HSPH’s Reginald Tucker-Seeley and colleagues found that the depletion of a family’s financial resources was a significant predictor of intensive end-of-life care. In particular, their study found that families facing financial hardship were three…

Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be possible in a traditional…

Quality missing from global health agenda

August 7, 2014 -- Today more people than ever have health insurance. In the U.S., millions have signed up for coverage since the 2008 passage of the Affordable Care Act. Globally, there’s a high level of interest in establishing universal health coverage…

Developing better ways to measure hospital safety

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high rates of adverse events among patients—such as hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, or surgical mishaps—are now subject to penalty from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the new rules, large,…