Quality and Safety

Quality and safety concerns both routine clinical and managerial practices and research focusing on patient safety and quality of care. Specific topic areas include drug information programs, safe administration of patient medication, overuse or misuse of procedures that are not medically necessary, underuse of beneficial services and mistakes leading to patient injury - including the 28 so-called Never Events outlined by the National Quality Forum in 2001 and revised in 2006.

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Steve Shirley, chief information officer at the 350-bed Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, has been in information technology for some 35 years. And, as he sees it, mHealth is bringing some exciting things to his hospital, but there are also some serious questions to consider.
May 22, 2015
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What to make of the newest Congressional wrangling over the conversion to ICD-10 and the rekindled debate that has followed. Also: the one thing healthcare executives should be doing right now.
May 20, 2015
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A trigger tool developed to scan the electronic medical record of pediatric patients was able to identify that 45 percent of patient medical errors that caused harm were preventable.
May 19, 2015
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Surescripts processed some 6.5 billion electronic health data transactions across its network in 2014 -- more over the course of the year than either American Express (6 billion) or PayPal (4.2 billion), officials say.
May 19, 2015
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The Office of the National Coordinator has shared the reams of public feedback it's received in response to the first draft of its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Opinion ranges from enthusiastic support to flat opposition.
May 18, 2015
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Just 60 percent of hospitals reporting to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey complied with all 21 the National Quality Forum endorsed safe practices on nursing workforce, according to a report published this week.
May 15, 2015
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Mayo Clinic will collaborate with Baylor College of Medicine to launch a study of 10,000 Mayo biobank members for potential risk of drug reactions or lack of drug effect based on each individual's genome.
May 14, 2015
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Two big-name California health systems have officially signed on with the San Diego Health Connect health information exchange, a deal poised to put an additional 2.7 million patients on the network.
May 14, 2015
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The 21st Century Cures bill put forth by the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, is set for markup Thursday, a process in which subcommittee members offer amendments.
May 13, 2015
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Recent repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, which benchmarked reimbursement to the U.S. gross domestic product, could complicate things for IT systems already overburdened with federal reporting regulations.
May 11, 2015
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An increasing number of babies across the country are born addicted to opioids and require intensive care, according to a study analyzing MEDNAX Clinical Data Warehouse statistics from 299 neonatal intensive care units across the country.
May 8, 2015
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Grove Medical Associates, an internal medicine practice serving Worcester County in Massachusetts, has earned the latest 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award.
May 7, 2015
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Watch this informative video to learn how Palomar Health - the largest health district in the state of California - implemented healthcare alert management software to connect its nurse call system with the existing EHR and phone systems to improve care team communication and patient experiences.
January 2, 2013
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This whitepaper looks at the five ways doctors and their hospitals can benefit from the ability to achieve instant communications routed per physicians’ preferences. With the improved ability for doctors to coordinate care through well-routed communication requests, patient care gets a boost, staff satisfaction goes up, and the healthcare system can achieve overall greater efficiency.
June 1, 2012
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We asked the hospital community if and how they are using advanced predictive modeling to support their clinical and operational goals. This infographic is a summary of what we found out.
April 21, 2015
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This on-demand presentation provides an overview and case study on how to capture and analyze patient monitoring alarm signals in order to create data-driven modifications in both practice and alarm settings to address nuisance alarms, enhance patient care and align with the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management.
March 18, 2015
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By strengthening the provider-plan relationship, collaborative efforts can be developed to increase patient satisfaction and improve population health.
March 17, 2015
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Watch this on-demand webinar to learn more of how organizations are optimizing their business processes to lower costs, analyzing data to improve quality, care and population health, while learning to engage in new ways to drive better outcomes.
March 9, 2015
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The modern BCDR discipline presents exceptional opportunities to increase efficiency, lower costs, and reduce risk. For IT organizations contemplating a makeover of their BCDR operations, this whitepaper reviews key principles and practices that should be factored into go-forward plans. A BCDR plan must be a living, breathing strategy that is revised and reviewed as the business environment – internal and external – changes.
February 25, 2015
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Hear case studies and learn best practices in achieving a consumer approach through using patient self-service technologies in this on-demand presentation.
February 19, 2015
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Phoenix VA Health Care System has implemented the "computer on wheels" approach to take the office and work flow back to the bedside. By doing this, they completed rounds, charting, and discharges at the bedside and were able to predict when they would be at the bedside, creating "appointments" for nursing, ancillary services, and family to know when staff would be present.
December 11, 2014
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From changing reimbursement models to an increasingly empowered patient base, the pressure is on hospitals to make better use of their data. But how to turn ever-expanding volumes of data into actionable insight? Download this whitepaper to learn more about how to take control of your data and take advantage of its potential with these four trends in healthcare data analytics.
November 12, 2014
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Is inefficient patient flow distressing your bottom-line and quality of care? Discover how Beaufort Memorial Hospital improved its patient flow and impacted its bottom-line. In this whitepaper, we discuss key industry issues such as 30-day readmissions, reimbursements, The Joint Commission’s patient-flow requirements, and more. We will review factors that hospitals must consider to achieve successful patient flow.
May 19, 2014
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While the challenges faced by CIOs, CIMOs, and other healthcare professionals are many and varied, this white paper focuses on solutions to a range of problems associated with improving documentation to address converging demands such as ICD-10 compliance, ACO participation and Accountable Care rollout. Learn how the M*Modal clinical intelligence foundational platform is designed specifically to address these issues. It underpins all M*Modal solutions and leverages Natural Language Understanding technology to drive clinical tasks and workflows.
April 1, 2014
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As much of a challenge it is to steer folks with silent "killers" to improved lifestyle choices, it may be a bigger challenge to help those with chronic symptomatic debilitating illnesses to feel better.
May 19, 2015
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What would you call a physician who sewed up a patient’s wound without addressing the behavioral health issue that led to the injury? We might cynically label the doctor disinterested or inattentive; we might sympathetically call her distracted or overwhelmed. But it might be far more accurate to say the doctor lacks information.
April 30, 2015
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Carla Smith, executive vice president of HIMSS North America, has highlighted a few of the attractions for attendees.
April 13, 2015
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If there’s one group within the healthcare workforce who could really use effective mobile tools, it's nurses.
March 20, 2015
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Enough talk about information technology's use in the practice of medicine. Health IT must become the practice of medicine.
February 20, 2015
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Health IT is generally considered a good thing. But there are dangers, too.
February 13, 2015
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Population health will continue to be a focus in 2015, but we should start the year off by looking at some new ways to leverage underutilized and overlooked data.
February 9, 2015
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To consider how to improve population health outcomes, let's start in an unlikely place -- an airplane.
January 29, 2015
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If the healthcare industry hopes to tackle many of the pressing issues it faces today – from cost of providing care, to lost revenue, to providing higher quality care, institutions need to start adopting more prescriptive analytics into their practices.
January 27, 2015
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A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments.
January 20, 2015
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There’s a lot going on at this year's Radiological Society of North America 100th Scientific Assembly this week in Chicago, but three topics in particular are resonating with radiologists.
December 5, 2014
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Organizations that can successfully leverage proprietary data, rather than publicly available algorithms, stand a greater chance of improving outcomes and reducing the occurrence of preventable readmissions.
December 4, 2014
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Medsphere Systems Corporation and Silver Hill Hospital this week introduced an improved Discharge Summary module as the most recent innovation of Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) built specifically for behavioral health hospitals.
March 13, 2015
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, in partnership with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), today announced the formation of the new Practice Management System Accreditation Program (PMSAP).
July 15, 2014
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Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, has expanded use of Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills to include a broad range of hospital-based clinicians including nurses, respiratory therapists and others.
January 13, 2014
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Funded by a $20 million gift from the Dalio Foundation, the institute will combine research, clinical care, and education to uncover new answers about preventing heart disease.
November 12, 2013
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Donato Tramuto, the Founder ofHealth eVillages, today announced that the organization has made a grant to the Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) for comprehensive Internet service that will improve connectivity between LCA clinicians in rural Kenya.
October 31, 2013
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Physicians can produce more complete images while improving both patient and clinician safety with the InfinixTM-i cardiovascular X-ray systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
October 29, 2013
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Performance measures highlight high quality care that saves lives.
October 23, 2013
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Keynotes include FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, Danish Minister of Health Astrid Krag and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus.
October 22, 2013
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Multiple Aplio 500 Ultrasound Systems Make Exams Easier to Perform, Provide More Accurate Diagnoses.
September 17, 2013
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Lowering radiation dose and ensuring patient safety in an outpatient setting, The Iowa Clinic installed an Aquilion PRIME 80 CT system and upgraded its Aquilion 64 with VeloCT from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
August 5, 2013
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inVentiv Health Medical ManagemenT announced today that it has become part of a select group of companies receiving three accreditations in Population Health Management from a national organization setting quality standards for U.S. healthcare. PHM has become a centerpiece in improving patient outcomes under the Affordable Care Act.
August 1, 2013
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ACL, the company that is transforming audit and risk, announced today that Greater Baltimore Medical Center has expanded its use of ACL technology by moving to ACL GRC.
August 1, 2013
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