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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As Walgreens' vice president of digital health, Adam Pellegrini and his team have managed to mix wearables, gamification and evidence-based medicine in such a way as to provide a successful, seamless, holistic approach to health for customers.
November 18, 2014
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We often hear about streams of data. Sometimes, the flood can seem like a data deluge. In its new analytics project with EMC Corporation, Partners HealthCare extends the watery metaphor, with a new initiative meant for shared use: the Partners Data Lake.
November 18, 2014
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In tandem with its 10-year interoperability roadmap, ONC has developed a decade-long vision for ensuring health information technology is deployed to "enable robust and continuous quality improvement."
November 17, 2014
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Without good data, patient-centeredness is just a buzzword. And without a patient-centric focus and proper organization, data can be rather useless. That was the message Sunday from Amy Abernethy, MD, who delivered the opening keynote address at the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium.
November 17, 2014
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The Institute of Medicine has issued a new report calling for standardized social and behavioral data to be included in electronic health records. That may be good for population health research, but could be unwelcome news for system developers, and for physicians who already complain that EHRs are burdensome and distract from care delivery.
November 14, 2014
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Two very different healthcare organizations in the Lone Star State -- one a small rural facility, the other a joint venture between for-profits and nonprofits -- have won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, given by the White House for innovation excellence.
November 14, 2014
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Data and collaboration at the local level are at the heart of a $7.5 million challenge for communities to devise novel but scaleable ways of boosting population health and reducing health disparities in low-income neighborhoods.
November 13, 2014
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Increasingly, healthcare providers are deploying apps that manage patient wait time -- which MGMA says is "a strong predictor of overall satisfaction," and central to the care experience component of the triple aim. One mHealth Summit session will offer tips for making best use of apps like these.
November 12, 2014
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Virginia-based Bon Secours Health System, with facilities across six states, has selected a combination of technology and services to help it achieve its goals for population health management, patient engagement and care management.
November 12, 2014
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Technology champion Penny Wheeler, president and chief clinical officer at Allina Health will become the first woman and the first physician named CEO at the 12-hospital health system.
November 12, 2014
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If you're a provider or payer organization with a great story to tell about a patient engagement program that has improved care and reduced costs, here's your chance to share that success -- and learn from your peers.
November 12, 2014
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Persistent regulatory and reimbursement roadblocks notwithstanding, nine out of 10 providers are moving forward with telemedicine projects, according to a new survey.
November 11, 2014
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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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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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In this 60-minute webinar you’ll discover how Banner Health improved patient care by centralizing its call centers and curtailing clinicians’ alarm fatigue.
October 17, 2014
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Read the case study to learn how Beaumont Health System used InterSystems HealthShare® to automate government mandated reporting even though the data in its EMR was not easily accessible or available in the required formats. HealthShare also enabled Beaumont to improve patient care and safety, save time and effort while meeting reporting deadlines, and benchmark its performance on hospital acquired infections against other hospitals nationally.
September 23, 2014
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Join leaders from University of Chicago Medicine, Genesis HealthCare System and Phelps County Regional Medical Center as they share best practices to improve clinical outcomes and elevate patient, family and staff experience.
September 8, 2014
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Conducting clinical screenings through conventional interviews is time consuming for patients and staff, the methods for collecting the information is rarely consistent, and the quality of the information collected is not always accurate. Self-service is an effective tool for overcoming these challenges in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency departments and large practice waiting rooms.
September 4, 2014
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In this webinar, Hospital Sisters Health System leaders present their experience in developing a comprehensive approach that is successfully getting medication alerts "just right" via a web-based customization solution (FDB AlertSpace®).
August 15, 2014
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Join us for this webinar to learn how Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic's (YVFWC), a health system with twenty locations and over 150 providers across Washington and Oregon, successfully made a transition to population-based care by restructuring their analytics capacity, deploying a wave of improvement support, and launching a broad outreach campaign.
August 7, 2014
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You can’t create a plan to improve alarm management unless you know where you are starting. It’s not as easy as you may think. Taking the first steps are the tricky part. Creating a plan is the easier part. Behavior change is the back end difficulty. Learn Best Practice for formulating an approach on the data collection and analysis for a successful audit and strong foundation for your alarm management plans.
July 31, 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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Although there are myriad benefits associated with electronic health records, a 2013 study shows that many physicians see a significant downside to the EHR -- it gives them less quality time to interact with their with patients.
November 14, 2014
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As a physician who has used and worked on the development team of a number of EMRs and technologies, I am reminded of how powerful, or dangerous, information technology can be both in terms of caring for the patient as well as safeguarding the caregiver.
November 13, 2014
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For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. healthcare from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR for its failure to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S. was revealing at many levels.
October 20, 2014
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It's no secret that one by-product of the health IT revolution has been providers learning how to make better use of technology while also losing touch with their patients.
October 15, 2014
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Could the use of technologies that distance healthcare providers from the first-hand experience of the suffering of those they care for (such as telemedicine platforms and other forms of "virtual visits" or self-care tools) lead to a collective "stumbling over lines" with unfortunate consequences?
October 13, 2014
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With meaningful use Stage 2 underway, many healthcare organizations are pouring significant resources into patient portals in order to engage patients and receive incentives. Although many are planning to fully maximize these tools, portals do have their limitations.
October 13, 2014
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In trying to work through an issue with internet tech support, Keith Boone ran into a problem that patients (especially chronic ones) have with their doctors.
October 9, 2014
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We should be in the midst of the gilded age of healthcare IT. Yet, praise for healthcare IT systems is few and far between. Success stories are rare. What gives?
October 3, 2014
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How can a physician's productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this?
October 1, 2014
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Hospitals and health systems can learn from businesses like Trader Joe's, Ikea and Target -- sustainable models that deliver quality and affordable products with an emphasis on exceptional customer service through many touch points, all of which is enabled through technology.
September 29, 2014
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There's growing buzz around Apple's HealthKit, billed as the latest and greatest in data aggregation. Aggregating health data is a good first step towards proactively improving health. But the larger question is: How will this data advance society's broader healthcare goals?
September 17, 2014
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When looking for ways to bolster patient engagement, healthcare providers may benefit from the work payers have done so far. Following are five lessons learned providers can use from payers to get patients involved.
September 8, 2014
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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 4, 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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Jameson Health System, located north of Pittsburgh, has partnered with McKesson Automation to implement a closed-loop pharmacy automation solution that helps support quality and patient care while freeing pharmacy staff to focus on clinical care activities.
August 1, 2013
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