My 2014 calendar, already inked up with an alarming number of deadlines, has me a little shaken. There's a lot to learn and do, and I'll be looking for any help I can get. Thinking you might be feeling the same way about your new year, I made a short list of resources to tap when needed.
The AHA Resource Center is home to a vast array of health care administration information. In addition to a wide variety of links for leaders and consumers, the Resource Center's Scanning the Headlines section has bibliographies for more than two dozen topics, and its Statistics and Studies page catalogs AHA reports, guides and briefs. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact the Resource Center's expert staff, who can point you in the right direction, or, for a fee, do the research for you. My favorite spot is the blog, where you'll find quick summaries of recent studies and other news.
The Health Research & Educational Trust produces reports and toolkits to improve quality and safety. It is a frequent partner to federal agencies in developing and sharing strategies for better care, including the Hospital Engagement Network project to reduce inpatient harm and readmissions. HEN results are an excellent source of practical strategies and success stories, nicely packaged in short, inspiring videos.
Over at Great Boards, you'll find a wealth of governance resources: articles, worksheets, sample charters and other helpful documents from our friends at AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance, plus the option to subscribe to Great Boards' free bimonthly newsletter.
You'll need to spend some time on these sites to appreciate the breadth and depth of information available. You may even find yourself digging into some unexpected topics for long reads. Of course, if that means you miss some of your deadlines, I can't be held responsible.