Health care entities in April reported 45 data breaches to HHS, marking the highest number of reported health care-related breaches in one month since the agency began tracking such breaches in an online database in 2010, according to a report published by HHS' Office for Civil Rights.
Although many people try to avoid falling sleep while wearing soft contact lenses, the habit of sleeping in contacts is not uncommon—and it sparked Patrick Vollmer, a doctor at the Vita Eye Clinic, to share a now-viral Facebook post that shows up-close photos of an eye infection that developed after a person left their contacts in overnight.
Healthgrades last week released its list of the 460 hospitals winning the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the 434 hospitals winning the Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.
While white coats are viewed as a "defining symbol" of a doctor's profession, research shows the coats often are contaminated with bacteria that could threaten patients' health, according to health care economist Austin Frakt.