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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The electronic health record system at Boston Children's Hospital crashed on Friday, March 20, and remained down until Wednesday March, 25, the Boston Globe reports.
March 27, 2015
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill that will postpone a deadline for physicians to issue only electronic prescriptions. Despite this, some hospitals are adopting IT that will enable secure e-prescribing of controlled substances.
March 24, 2015
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Hospitalist pioneer and patient safety guru Robert M. Wachter, MD, writes in a New York Times op-ed that health IT has been a letdown in many ways, especially when it comes to improving quality and safety.
March 23, 2015
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Fifteen months after Intermountain Healthcare and Cerner signed a contract that keeps them in partnership for the next 10 years, Intermountain, known around the world for its pioneering ways, is trailblazing again.
March 19, 2015
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CHIME is offering a sweet deal for innovators with a way to accurately match patients with their healthcare information. At stake? Patient safety.
March 19, 2015
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Physician practices are engaging in new healthcare payment models. But they're often overwhelmed by the amount of data they have to manage and varied expectations from payers.
March 19, 2015
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Billed as a "one-of-a-kind" new partnership between academic heavyweights, UPMC, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have joined forces to drive big innovations in healthcare analytics.
March 17, 2015
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Setting the stage for an IPO two years from now, data warehousing and analytics company Health Catalyst raised $70 million in a rare and oversubscribed Series D round of funding.
March 17, 2015
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A staggering 400,000 people are estimated to die each year due to medical errors. A big part of the blame, say nurses in a new survey, lies with poor interoperability between medical devices and IT.
March 16, 2015
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Incorrect or missing data in electronic health records and other health IT systems is a huge patient safety hazard. Worse, according to ECRI, once inaccurate data gets into an EHR, "it's hard to get it out."
March 13, 2015
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Many people think of clinical decision support in terms of technology. But it's not just about computers, says Jerome Osheroff, MD. "It's all about people, process and technology -- in that order of importance."
March 12, 2015
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Healthcare providers will now have the option of participating in an even higher risk accountable care organization, one that could yield higher returns than any other CMS program.
March 11, 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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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 webinar will provide 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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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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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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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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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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