Healthcare Headlines - August '16 in Review

By Kindred Healthcare

HCH Monthly

With Room Service and More, Hospitals Borrow From Hotels

At the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital outside Detroit, patients arrive to uniformed valets and professional greeters. Read More  

Remote Heart Monitoring Can Help Detect Emergencies

Instead of having heart monitors with noisy alarms near patients' beds in the hospital, it might be better to have off-site technicians do the heart monitoring remotely, a recent study suggests. Read More   

Teaching In-Home Caregivers Seems to Pay Off

Low-income Californians who are elderly and disabled were less likely to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized after their in-home caregivers participated in an intensive training program, according to a report. Read More    

Syncing Up Drug Refills: A Way to Get Patients to Take Their Medicine

You have your red pill and your green pill. There's the one you take at breakfast, the one you take before bed and the one you have to take six hours after eating. Read More                 

After 20 Years, What's Next for Hospitalists?

When the idea of a hospitalist - a doctor, usually an internist, based in the hospital and specializing in caring for patients with complex cases - first emerged 20 years ago, it was considered novel, even fringe. Read More   

Elderly Patients in the Hospital Need to Keep Moving

Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Read More   

Americans Living in Multigenerational Households Hits Record High

Americans are living with their parents and grandparents at record levels, even though the Great Recession is now a thing of the past, according to a new analysis of census data from the Pew Research Center. Read More   

Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft for Patients with Few Transportation Options

Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. Read More   

Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Medical Risks for Elderly Patients

The Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room looks and sounds like hundreds of others across the country: Doctors rush through packed hallways; machines beep incessantly; paramedics wheel stretchers in as patients moan in pain. Read More   

'More at Peace': Interpreters Key to Easing Patients Final Days

Alfredo David lay in bed, looking deflated under an Avengers blanket, as a doctor, two nurses, and medical interpreter Veronica Maldonado entered his hospital room. Read More  

 

*Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare. This blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past month.