Quality and Safety

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford win Davies award
By Bernie Monegain 11:01 am September 25, 2017
HIMSS award puts the spotlight on achieving patient outcomes through the effective use of healthcare technology.
ONC chief Donald Rucker

"Our experience is that people will report if there are issues with their product," said ONC Chief Donald Rucker.

By Mike Miliard 01:08 pm September 22, 2017
New criteria for vendors are meant to ease burdens and ultimately pass cost-savings down to the hospitals and systems that buy electronic health record software, Donald Rucker says.
By Mike Miliard 09:46 am September 22, 2017
Secure data streaming and two-way audio and video will enable Advanced ICU Care’s clinicians to coordinate remote monitoring of critical patients the hospital's on-site staff.
MACRA, MIPS

AMA president David Barbe discusses the pros and cons of MACRA and MIPS. Photo via YouTube

By Bernie Monegain 01:58 pm September 21, 2017
The physician payment programs are more workable for than preceding federal models, but some unrealistic expectations are emerging.
EHRs not equipped to handle diagnostic errors
By Bernie Monegain 11:57 am September 21, 2017
The committee also recognized the need for interoperability among EHR systems throughout to assist providers in arriving at an accurate and timely diagnosis.
HHS cybersecurity audit
By Jessica Davis 01:51 pm September 19, 2017
The increase in threats and sophistication have prompted the need to shore up government security policies, according to the agency’s updated 2017 work plan.
Epic's App Orchard

The PeraTrend tool shows clinicians a dashboard that indicates the patient's condition in real-time. Photo via PeraTrend

By Mike Miliard 03:36 pm September 14, 2017
APIs bring third-party analytics tools into the Epic platform, helping hospitals get more out of EHR investments, hospital CIO says.
3-D observation

Patient Observer from Cerner uses a core camera that provides 3-D skeletal visualization and depth sensing within 20 feet. Photo via Mission Health

By Bill Siwicki 10:51 am September 12, 2017
While the 2015 pilot was limited to one hospital unit, Mission says it will place the Cerner tech in every room of its planned new hospital.
FDA interop with medical devices
By Mike Miliard 11:37 am September 07, 2017
Manufacturers should make safe connectivity a central part of their design process and clearly communicate devices' interface characteristics, the agency says.
robots fight germs
By Bernie Monegain 09:33 am September 06, 2017
Oschner Medical Center says use of Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots will improve patient safety since they destroy deadly pathogens and drug-resistant organisms.

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