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U.S. Hospitals are Stuck in a Communication Breakdown Rut

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Jul 1, 2013 • References: voalte and holykaw.alltop
According to the 'Communication Breakdown' infographic by Voalte, U.S. hospitals are experiencing a serious lack of adaptability and change in their communication methods, resulting in some devastating outcomes.

Almost 10% of the time healthcare officials spend on patient care is taken up by waiting for information, with a total of 53% of nurse shifts involving activities other than patient care. Communication inefficiencies can cost up to $12 billion in hospital revenue which in turn contributes to the 400 patient deaths each day caused by hospital error.

With outdated technologies and poor communication practices, U.S. hospitals seem to be stuck in the dark ages of technology, which impacts staff productivity as well as the safety of patients.