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.
Halloween is a scary time of year with all the horror movies, ghost stories, jack-o-lanterns, witches, goblins, vampires, and other terrifying creatures on display—but at least this ends on November 1st. Medical errors haunt patients, physicians, and healthcare organizations year-round.
Today, people think more like consumers than patients and have plenty more options when shopping around for a new care provider. Therefore, they must think like patients and ask themselves: “what type of experience would I like while receiving care?”
Electronic health records (EHRs) have changed the industry forever and have become a must-have for all healthcare organizations. Because so much of your staff’s workflow depends on the strength of your EHR, you must select the best healthcare software.