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 Phoenix Children's Hospital deployed a single EMR across more than 70 subspecialties, administrators understood that physician acceptance was critical to success: providing doctors with an easy-to-use clinical documentation tool was a top priority.
April 27, 2015
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As part of a new clinical trial, physicians in New York City are seeing whether they can perform complex ultrasounds on patients in Chicago via a new telemedicine platform.
April 27, 2015
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In a new white paper by the Samsung Innovation Center at Children's Health Fund, researchers examine how technology could help improve the health of children in poverty across the country.
April 24, 2015
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For providers considering how to assemble a viable accountable care organization, experts say the key is to first have a strong care coordination system in place.
April 24, 2015
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At first glance, patient satisfaction surveys that are linked to hospital Medicare payments may seem great in theory. But tying hospital payments to subjective patient experience metrics may actually result in serious harm by diverting attention away from clinical outcomes.
April 23, 2015
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will disburse $120 million to fund 34 patient-centered clinical comparative and clinical effectiveness research on a range of conditions and patient populations.
April 23, 2015
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With a meaningful use requirement for healthcare organizations to drive at least 5 percent of their patients to an online portal, KLAS finds that three vendors have more than 20 percent of their customers' patients accessing the portal, far surpassing the requisite.
April 23, 2015
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Mount Sinai Health System has selected Cambridge, Mass.-based InterSystems' HealthShare as its interoperability platform for long-term growth.
April 22, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced its star ratings last week for more than 3,500 hospitals, enabling consumers to compare hospitals before making a choice. Find out who's tops here.
April 21, 2015
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Each year, some 722,000 hospitalized patients will acquire a serious infection. A staggering 75,000 of them will die in the hospital due to the HAI. Here is a map and searchable list for hospitals who scored worse than the national average on different infection metrics.
April 21, 2015
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The high-performing health systems ranked by Truven Health Analytics are leveraging information technology enterprise-wide, enabling better care with fewer complications at lower cost.
April 21, 2015
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Clinical decision support is proving to be a mighty force in curbing childhood obesity, according to new research published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
April 21, 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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Documenting data in the EMR as it happens is fundamental to providing the right care to a patient. A nurse call/ EMR integration enables the information to be at the point of care in real time -- knowledge when needed is the cornerstone of this interface.
March 24, 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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Learn how your organization can enhance care quality, reduce variation, and improve efficiency by creating multidisciplinary patient-defined Plans of Care. Understand the best practices for enhancing multidisciplinary documentation, managing information from multiple sources, improving communication, and overcoming obstacles to create meaningful, easy-to-use, Plans of Care.
February 2, 2015
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Dr. Karen Cabell, Associate Chief of Quality and Patient Safety and Chris Stevens, VP & CIO from Billing Clinic discuss strategies on how Billings Clinic is leveraging clinical transformation to drive continuous quality improvement.
January 26, 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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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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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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During this season of gratitude and giving, let's share our gratitude by giving thanks for what health IT and healthcare professionals are doing every day to make our health system better.
November 25, 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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