Check out the following articles on the latest in the healthcare and construction industries:
- According to the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment went up 20,000 in September with an unemployment rate decrease of 8.5% (a six-year record low.) This data, however, does not take into account the effects of last month’s government shutdown (the numbers for last month are yet to be calculated.) You can read the rest of the report here: http://ecmweb.com/news/construction-adds-20000-jobs-september-unemployment-hits-six-year-low
- Marty Stempniak, from Hospitals & Health Networks Daily, discusses “the next frontier for retail health clinics,” arguing that such “corner drugstores,” as CVS and Walgreens, may be headed towards acting like more advanced health systems. Can we expect Walmart clinics to start treating chronic conditions as well as offering more advanced healthcare services? Find out here: www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=5730002858&utm_source=Daily&utm_campaign=general&utm_content=bufferd2a2f&utm_medium=linkedin#!
- Forbes reports the results of a new analysis on the efficiency and popularity of healthcare mobile apps conducted by Healthcare Informatics. The news, while not a call for emergency, do reflect the need for more attention to be put on improving mobile healthcare, so as to move it “from novelty to mainstream.” Check out the rest of the report (and a link to the full report) by visiting the article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2013/10/31/over-50-of-mobile-health-apps-are-downloaded-less-than-500-times/?goback=.gde_700187_member_5801579147000033282#!
- Andrea S. Hsu, in an article for Healthcare Design, gathers insights as to how to gather information from patients and families to foster better patient-focused care and conscientious design. Read more here: http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/article/gathering-insights-drive-conscientious-design-solutions
- Are EHRs becoming irrelevant? Eric Wicklund from Healthcare IT News argues that EHRs’ inability to capture information outside of their scope is placing them at risk as such information (e.g. unmonitored phone calls, emails, texts, and “other doctor-doctor and doctor-patient communications that aren’t entered into the EHR”) ” more closely resembles the doctor-patient encounter.” Read the rest of Wicklund’s argments here: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/ehr-holding-back-top-care?single-page=true
- Janet Brown from Healthcare Design offers several “design solutions” to “green” hospital labs; that is, ways to decrease their environmental footprint. These include using advanced filtering fume hoods, appropriately sizing cooling systems and airflow, and more. Read more of Brown’s article here: http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/article/design-solutions-greening-hospital-labs