Undergoing a surgical procedure is enough to worry about for a patient, yet many have the additional fear of developing surgical site infections (SSIs). A study published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control outlines nine recommendations for patients to take charge of their own care and reduce the chances of developing an SSI using patient engagement. 

Electronic health records (EHRs) are more than just a place to store and share health information. In a recent study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, scientists from IBM and Sutter Health developed research methods with artificial intelligence to predict heart failure with information stored in EHRs.

With 35 million Americans admitted to the hospital every year, it’s important they feel comfortable in their surroundings. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Health Environments Research and Design, patients discussed what could be improved upon in hospital rooms.

Seeing physicians on their smartphones could mean being discharged faster. A recent study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined differences in discharge times for emergency department patients with chest pain seen by physicians with or without smartphones to deliver laboratory results. 

A ransomware attack on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has spread into other countries, with hospital staff in the U.K. unable to access patient data, ambulances being diverted and patients planning on visiting some departments being told to stay away.