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SHM Media Highlights: September 24 – October 8, 2015

by Brendon Shank
Media coverage about hospital medicine in the last two weeks includes SHM’s recent partnership with Cerner, success and growth in hospital medicine in the U.S. healthcare system, an encouraging look at the hospitalist model from the perspective of an outpatient physician, end-of-life care and implications of the Meaningful Use program. Cerner and SHM jointly issued a press release highlighting their partnership to integrate Project BOOST into Cerner’s electronic health record system. The two organizations joined forces to positively influence behavior change in the hospital and lead to more efficient care transitions. In addition to the press release being distributed widely, details from the release were also included in a healthcare IT brief from Becker’s Hospital Review. Positive press for hospital medicine also appeared in national and regional news outlets. Bob Wachter, MD, MHM, contributed a piece to The Wall Street Journal discussing hospitalists’ roles in innovating the U.S. health care…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

SHM Media Highlights: September 10-24

by Brendon Shank
Expansive coverage of Journal of Hospital Medicine research, advance care planning, hospitalist spotlights, the transition to ICD-10 coding and disparities in Medicare readmission penalties received attention across local and national news outlets in this edition of media highlights. An article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine about a quick tool to diagnose delirium at the bedside has been receiving a higher than average amount of press pickup in multiple articles in both healthcare and mainstream media. Its Altmetric score puts it in the top five percent of all articles scored, and it is also popular on social media – including in a post from Dr. Burke Kealey on The Hospital Leader blog. Regional news outlets provided hospital medicine with additional exposure. A New York publication reviewed a Sarah Lawrence College seminar on end-of-life care discussions, including a mention of SHM and Government Relations Manager Joshua Lapps, who was among the team…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

SHM Media Highlights: August 27 – September 11

by Brendon Shank
Hospital research, maintenance of certification, pain management and the roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in legislation discussions appear in the latest media highlights. On Friday morning, Philadelphia’s local NPR affiliate, WHYY Radio, aired a story about alarm fatigue in hospitals that featured research by pediatric hospitalist (and SHM member) Chris Bonafide and medical student Mimi Zander. Mimi Zander is one of SHM’s three first-ever Student Hospitalist Scholars and the WHYY story was sparked by one of her blog posts on The Hospital Leader. The online version of the story mentions SHM and the Student Hospitalist Scholarship Program, which is part of SHM's Future of Hospital Medicine campaign. National news outlets The New York Times, The Washington Post and CBS News each ran a story on topics front and center in the hospital medicine movement. The Times explored how Dr. Vivian Lee and her team at the University of…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

SHM Media Highlights: August 13-27

by Brendon Shank
Issues impacting the hospital medicine movement, ranging from end-of-life care and patient safety to the driving forces behind the growth of the specialty, received coverage in numerous media outlets over the past two weeks. In a feature piece in The Atlantic, SHM member Dr. Ricardo Nuila recounted how hospital deaths had impacted him throughout his time as a hospitalist and highlighted outcomes of a joint meeting between SHM and The Hastings Center regarding the evolving philosophy of end-of-life care discussions. Quality improvement and patient safety were highlighted by both CNN and by Dr. Bob Wachter in Health Affairs. The CNN article cited Journal of Hospital Medicine research while exploring recent successful attempts to improve quality of patient sleep in the hospital. For Health Affairs, Dr. Wachter penned a post in which he called for improved standards for healthcare workers regarding hand hygiene and influenza vaccinations. In response, Dr. Brad Flansbaum…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

SHM Media Highlights: July 30 – August 13

by Brendon Shank
SUMMARY The hospital medicine movement was part of national media coverage about end-of life-care, business news and antibiotic use in the last two weeks. SHM’s Senior Physician Advisor Dr. Eric Howell was quoted in a piece on “superbugs” in HealthDay that was syndicated to multiple national news outlets, including CBS News. Meanwhile, business and healthcare press covered the acquisition of IPC Healthcare by TeamHealth in early August and Time magazine included a column written by The Hastings Center leadership that mentioned SHM’s partnership with the organization to improve end-of-life care. In an SHM first, Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM) research appeared in Marie Claire, the popular outlet for fashion, style and career advice, in a story on the salary disparities between male and female hospitalists. Per CisionPoint, SHM’s online media database, the website garners 1.2 million unique visitors per month. In regional media, the Western Tennessee Medical News featured a…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.
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