Hospital-Disinfecting Robot created by Mark Stibich
09 Jul
 

Hospital acquired infections, some caused by superbugs that have become resistant to traditional cleaning chemicals, are a leading cause of death in the US, killing roughly 100,000 Americans each year. A 2008 study found that fewer than 50 percent of surfaces get cleaned after a patient leaves a hospital room. Some drug-resistant bugs can live up to 6 months, lurking in corners and crevices.

Enclothed Cognition and Chest Pumping
02 Jul

I had a big marketing presentation to give last week.  To prepare, I pumped out my chest and wore a white lab coat.  Ok, just kidding I didn’t… but maybe I should have.  Certain actions (e.g., chest pumping) make people act more confident.  This is called ‘embodied cognition’.  It’s also been determined certain clothes influence performance.  Researchers Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam from Northwestern University have dubbed this dress-for-success theory as "enclothed cognition".   

Germ clip art
25 Jun

I’m in and out of the Lehigh Valley Airport in Allentown, PA so frequently that it seems like my car could drive itself. I’ve noticed that sometimes I don’t even remember anything from along the way. This happens a lot with frequent or familiar routines – we tend to focus on the end result or destination, without really focusing on the details.

Assisted Living Facility
20 Jun

The number of assisted living facilities has increased by almost 50 percent in recent years. Estimates indicate that over one million older persons live in what is considered an assisted living facility.

Crossover Tunic, Side Flex Tunic & Raglan Sleeve Scrub Shirt by Fashion Seal Healthcare
17 Jun

Recent studies show that over the next five to seven years, acute healthcare opportunities will grow at steady rates but with no major increases anticipated. However, the non-acute market is expected to boom, with growth rates in double digits -- expected to be at least 12 to 15 percent. With changes in the national healthcare policy landscape, acute facilities are pushing their customers to non-acute facilities in an effort to free up valuable space and trim costs.

Are you headed in the right direction?
17 Jun

The theme of the 2013 Spring IDN Summit & Reverse Expo conference was “Fostering Accountability,” but the underlying tone of the presenters was transformation.  It is well documented that the Affordable Care Act is changing and challenging everything around the healthcare continuum.  What is interesting to note is the role of the supply chain executive/manager is being elevated to a more strategically aligned position within most if not all healthcare organizations.

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