Population health can be defined in many ways, but generally, it is considered the outcomes of a group of individuals, often sharing a geographic location, but can also be divided into employees, ethnic groups, prisoners, insurance enrollees, or any other defined class. It can also include the distribution of health services, which depends heavily on the social determinants of health – where one lives, works, learns, and plays. Tracking the care outcomes of these groups can help providers better understand the complexities associated with them, however, some leaders are skeptical of the population health concept, as being too broad and so not useful in decision making and guiding specific research. There are several approaches organizations can take to improve population health management and outcomes, such as linking it into its overall strategy, collaborating with community leaders, data tracking, and implementing new technology.
The pandemic might have been the final straw for many healthcare workers, but they were stressed and feeling burnt out long before masks and social distancing were even a thought. Issues included long and sporadic shifts, underwhelming pay, hectic work environments, and using unfamiliar or inefficient technology. According to a 2019 survey, clinical process design and structure, both of which are highly impacted by EHR’s, contributed to approximately 40% of clinician stress. Healthcare staff are stressed enough from the work they do – they don’t need their EHR adding to their stress. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way. Here are seven issues that often cause problems for clinical staff, and how Cantata’s Arize EHR help resolve them.
We believe Pride Month impacts not only the LGBTQ+ community, but everyone who struggles with their self-image, including introverts, social outcasts, those with eating disorders, or who have negative feelings about their body, lack confidence, or have low self-esteem. It can be hard to feel comfortable in your own skin, but Pride Month’s message encourages us to embrace ourselves and be proud of whoever we are.
Many years ago, seeing a psychiatrist, or “shrink” as it was commonly and inappropriately referred to, was for the “unhealthy” and “mentally unstable.” It was looked down upon, and if you saw one, people deemed you “not well.” Luckily, that is not the case anymore. Mental health counseling is, generally, much more accepted, and can be effective in helping anyone struggling with life issues, big or small. It is always best to talk about and confront your emotions, rather than keep them bottled up.
Many triggers cause one to develop a mental illness. Some are genetic; some stem from environmental issues such as childhood trauma and stress at school or work; some are undetermined. Regardless, these illnesses are as real as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, cancer, and other severe medical conditions, but unlike most medical conditions, often mental health issues are stigmatized. Some people may think these conditions are self-inflicted; some do not believe they are real. When people suffering from these conditions reach out for help, they may hear replies such as “man up” or “stop worrying about it,” as if it were that easy.
Workers have been leaving the healthcare industry in droves over the past few years. Since February, 2020, hospital employment has decreased by nearly 94,000, including over 8,000 between August and September, 2021, alone. Another study predicted there will be a critical shortage of 3.2 million healthcare workers by 2026. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have been the last straw for healthcare workers, long shifts, little time off, and hectic work environments were other driving forces behind the decision to quit.