ASPE eNews
Dec. 9, 2014

ASPE members: What is your expertise?
ASPE consistently receives inquiries seeking connections with ASPE members/SP Educators who would be able to assist in various aspects of the SP Methodology. As this identified need has grown, both nationally and internationally, we would like to identify a group of ASPE members who are willing to share their experience and expertise. The membership committee has been tasked to oversee the member profiles on the ASPE website and develop an infrastructure to link the pre-identified ASPE member to those that need them.More

Actors help train doctors for real-life situations
The Scotsman
Final-year medical students at a Scottish university will be trained on a simulated real-life ward using actors to play the role of critically ill patients, in a bid to reduce potentially fatal errors by junior doctors. Researchers from Aberdeen University and Raigmore Hospital in Scotland carried out a pilot scheme with a group of medical students who were assessed by senior staff using a one-way mirror to watch them in the ward. More

Using behavioral assessments to hire the right candidates
Talent Management
In a perfect world, all jobs would be filled on the basis of a trial period. Candidates would have the opportunity to work in a position for a few months, and managers would observe their performance to determine if they should remain in that role indefinitely. To talent managers and behavioral psychologists, this scenario is a win-win: Hiring managers are able to assess a candidate's real job performance, and candidates are able to showcase their fit by actually doing the job.More

Legislators support new medical education model in Washington
The Spokesman-Review
The legislators backing Washington State University's bid to establish its own Spokane, Washington-based medical school said the rural doctor shortage is so severe the state needs more than one approach to physician training. "This is something that is long overdue," state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said of plans to seek legislative removal of legal restrictions designating the University of Washington as the state's only medical school.More

The nursing job outlook for 2015
By Keith Carlson
With 2015 poised to begin, economic forecasts for the new year are beginning to make themselves known, and the employment outlook in healthcare is a crucial aspect of those prognostications. A recent report from places the position of registered nurse as having the third-best employment outlook of the site's top 10 chosen occupations. Our profession continues to see modest growth, and there appears to be no shortage of Americans willing to pursue nursing as a career choice in the 21st century.More

Better communication between caregivers reduces medical errors
Medical Xpress
A method of handing off information about pediatric patients when residents change shifts reduced preventable adverse events by 30 percent, a new study has found. Miscommunication among caregivers is one of the largest causes of medical errors, but a new study suggests that the problem is at least partly preventable.More

Why healthcare may finally be ready for big data
Harvard Business Review
There has been a lot of buzz about "big data" over the last few years. This is hardly surprising, given the sheer scale of the data sets that are being produced daily. A total of 2.5 quintillion terabytes of data were generated every day in 2012 alone, and it is estimated that as much data is now generated in just two days as was created from the dawn of civilization until 2003.More

The best healthcare jobs in 2015
The growing health care sector offers career paths that lead to generous compensation and a secure future. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest 10-year projections for industry growth, dating from 2012 to 2022, it projected that the healthcare and social assistance industry will produce one in three of the new jobs in the U.S. over the next decade. Extended longevity and an aging population, combined with expanding insurance coverage under Obamacare, are increasing the demand for many health professionals, from dental hygienists to physical therapists. More

The 4 unicorns of modern management
There are a few myths the contemporary management consulting crowd has championed in recent years. Forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We're talking more like the Four Unicorns of Utopia, galloping along on rainbows. The belief in these happy beasts has grown within our organizations because well-intentioned experts have been trying to bring about massive social change by preaching a kinder, gentler form of management. More

Accountable care improves patient safety by 17 percent since 2010
EHR Intelligence
Accountable care measures that pin financial reimbursements to patient outcomes are partly responsible for a significant decline in the number of patient safety events and hospital-acquired conditions that lead to deaths, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. The report shows a 17 percent decline in preventable mortality between 2010 and 2013, equating to 50,000 fewer deaths, 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions and approximately $12 billion in savings.More