It’s no surprise that hospitalized patients are at an increased risk of falls. They’re in unfamiliar surroundings and may be taking new medications with side effects. And many experience decreased activity while recovering from various illnesses or surgeries. What may be surprising are the numbers: Each year, an estimated 700,000 to one million people fall in hospitals, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
By now, most of us are familiar with phishing, the practice of sending emails that appear as if they are from legitimate companies that try to get recipients to divulge personal information like passwords or credit card numbers.
In August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report warning hospitals about a growing cyberattack trend that hackers are using to gain access to hospital and health system IT networks: smishing, or phishing via SMS (short message service) text message.
In mid-July, AHCJ hosted a webinar with Alex Mahadevan, the director of MediaWise at the Poynter Institute, on how journalists can put ChatGPT to good use. We had a great turnout, with more than 80 participants watching live. Here, I’ll cover the highlights from Alex’s presentation and from another webinar on ChatGPT hosted by the Online News Association. Links to both recordings are in the resources section below.
You might not think of neurology as a specialty that lends itself well to telehealth appointments, but the Veterans Health Administration and some academic medical centers have been operating teleneurology programs for the past few years. A study from the VA published in June about its program — thought to be the first of its kind for outpatients — found that the availability of teleneurology led to more timely care for rural residents. Veterans who received the service reported being highly satisfied to boot.