Why patient experience matters now more than ever

In A Leadership Perspective, Baylor Scott & White Health leaders share insights on healthcare industry trends, current issues and best practices. The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing — and with it, the concept of patient experience. Gone are the days when healthcare was confined to a hospital room or doctor’s office. Also gone are the days … Continue reading Why patient experience matters now more than ever

How technology is shaping the future of healthcare

In A Leadership Perspective, Baylor Scott & White Health leaders share insights on healthcare industry trends, current issues and best practices. A growing number of health systems are harnessing the power of technology to better serve patients, moving the industry toward a future of delivering care where, when and how consumers prefer it. Two of Baylor … Continue reading How technology is shaping the future of healthcare

National Women Physician Day: Celebrating today, paving the way for tomorrow

Today, on National Women Physician Day, we pause to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look toward the future of women in medicine. The reason we’re celebrating on this day is because it’s the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. Blackwell, a pioneer in promoting … Continue reading National Women Physician Day: Celebrating today, paving the way for tomorrow

For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

More than one in 10 American adults experienced pain every day for the past three months, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. When pain lasts three months or longer, it is considered chronic pain. The prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S. lies at the root of an ongoing epidemic of prescription … Continue reading For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery

Opioids can be useful immediately after surgery for postoperative pain control, but there is a tendency to overprescribe. A recent study found that 6 percent of patients continued to use the drugs for at least three months after surgery. “Traditionally, doctors would prescribe (opioids) until the patient phone calls stopped,” said Walter Peters, MD, chief … Continue reading Reducing the risk of opioid abuse after surgery

What the DART collaboration means for healthcare in Texas

The road to solving our healthcare challenges may seem long and bumpy at times, but an industry-defining collaboration benefiting the employees of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) could be the start of a more common practice for employer healthcare options in Texas. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) is joining … Continue reading What the DART collaboration means for healthcare in Texas

How Baylor Scott & White Health is combatting the growing opioid epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 44 people fatally overdose on prescription opioids daily in the U.S. That exceeds the daily number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. One forecast estimates that as many as 650,000 people — nearly the combined population of the cities of Arlington and Plano — … Continue reading How Baylor Scott & White Health is combatting the growing opioid epidemic

8 elements of a successful health system strategy

In A Leadership Perspective, Baylor Scott & White Health leaders share insights on healthcare industry trends, current issues and best practices. Health systems across the country are working toward a common goal: to improve the health of the communities we serve by delivering high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare. Healthcare leaders are determining the best way to achieve … Continue reading 8 elements of a successful health system strategy

Business of Health Care: Addressing national shortage of physicians

This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series.  Amongst all the debate about how the health care system could be changed to be better, more affordable and more accessible, what’s often lost is that being able to provide health care services at all begins with having enough doctors and other … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Addressing national shortage of physicians

Business of Health Care: Next generation procedures

This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series.  When it comes to technology that makes our lives better — from computers to cell phones — the trend has been smaller, faster, better. When it comes to next generation medical procedures being rolled out nationwide, that trend has largely been mirrored. Procedures … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Next generation procedures