While the healthcare industry has made substantial progress in patient safety over the past 20 years, there is still much work to be done in this vital facet of medical care.

Continuous background screening was recently named as a top employment screening trend for 2019 by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Greater numbers of employers are weighing the advantages of conducting post-hire screenings on their workforce. While the benefits of recurring background checks are compelling to employers, successful program adoption also rests on sensitivity around cultural impact.

Healthcare is rapidly changing. Amid the industry’s ongoing turbulence, physician and staff engagement are suffering. Burnout and turnover rates can be especially high, and can have particularly high costs, with dissatisfaction contributing to poor performance and preventable medical errors.

The U.S. healthcare system has long struggled to control costs, improve quality and expand access, but a wave of technologies and approaches are poised to usher in a new era of innovation with the potential to transform care in dramatic ways.

The intense competition to hire for healthcare organizations shows no signs of abating, as demand for care increases while more baby boomers are retiring every day. As a result, too often healthcare companies find themselves hiring haphazardly, taking into account a candidate’s qualifications but not how they will fit with the company’s culture.

A new mindset is to have a “holistic” recruiting strategy. It’s an idea that has been talked about in broader human resources circles, but is just making its way to the healthcare sector. Here’s what you need to know.

Employee engagement in healthcare settings can bring enviable returns: A hospital that worked with Gallup to improve engagement decreased turnover costs by $1.7 million in three years and increased its operating margins.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published its 2018 Environmental Scan, which offers some guidance for the nation’s healthcare systems during a time of transformation and uncertainty. From advances in science, technology, and information management to changes in consumer preferences, the healthcare industry is constantly challenged with adapting to a new environment.

Here are the top five takeaways from the AHA report.

Healthcare professionals hold one of the most stressful and demanding jobs in our nation. In fact, the medical field is rated among the top 10 most stressful jobs in America, according to ABC News.

Some of the leading causes of hospital readmissions and poor health outcomes can be attributed to ineffective care practices and dated procedures. Not only do these inefficiencies hinder an organization’s ability to deliver quality care, it can impact the patient experience, its reputation, bottom line and much more.

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