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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Is it wrong to be skeptical about the integrity of quality measures in meaningful use, particularly in the wake of what one quality improvement expert called "patient safety's first scandal"? Those at the forefront of healthcare quality and patient safety movements say, "no," but also believe any problems have been contained.
April 15, 2014
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed to have weathered the maelstrom surrounding the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchanges back in October and come through the other side where more than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. But on Thursday, after five years at the HHS helm, Sebelius resigned.
April 11, 2014
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To healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, the dirtiest four-letter word in the realm of digital health is "silo."
April 10, 2014
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EHRs were designed to satisfy specific functions for distinct parts of the care process. Currently, EHRs are all about making sure all the warnings are heeded, and all boxes are checked. It's about bringing the information together to make physicians' jobs easier so they can make faster, more informed patient care decisions.
April 10, 2014
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CMS officials say a new data set identifying physician payments and services performed will help prevent fraud and abuse. The American Medical Association, though, warns that it's nothing but a "data dump."
April 9, 2014
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Boston has long proven itself a mecca for healthcare innovation, a hub of some of the best minds and most prestigious hospitals in the nation. And the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Innovators' Showcase proved no exception.
April 9, 2014
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Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says.
April 8, 2014
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a highly regarded teaching hospital in Boston, but in 2012, the hospital found out it had one of the highest rates of readmissions among Medicare patients in the country. That meant federal fines of more than $1 million -- and a lot of soul searching for the staff, says Dr. Julius Yang, the head of quality for the hospital.
April 4, 2014
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The New York eHealth Collaborative and the Partnership Fund for New York City are calling for applications for a second round of healthcare startups for its New York Digital Health Accelerator, a program designed to make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry.
April 4, 2014
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With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big data, you're doing it wrong."
April 4, 2014
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In its second analytics buy in the past three months, GE Healthcare will acquire Montreal-based CHCA Computer Systems, which develops operating room management technology.
April 2, 2014
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There are two types of analytics projects: those boundary-pushing advancements that, where they do exist, are mainly the product of big hospitals and academic medical centers, and the humbler, more doable -- but sometimes just as valuable -- insights that can be gleaned by smaller providers.
April 1, 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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The Joint Commission approved a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on clinical alarm safety (NPSG.06.01.01) for 2014 for hospitals and critical access hospitals. The new goal will be implemented in two phases: phase one begins January 1, 2014, when hospitals will be required to establish alarm safety as an organizational priority and identify the most important alarms to manage based on their own internal situations; phase two begins January 1, 2016, when hospitals will be expected to develop and implement specific components of policies and procedures, and to educate staff in the organization about alarm system management.
April 16, 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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Healthcare facilities are complex. The cost to deliver healthcare to a population that is growing and living longer continues to increase. Hospital management must balance financial, operational and clinical goals while addressing ever changing regulations. The effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are still not fully clear. Now more than ever it is important to reduce the total lifecycle costs of your facility and enable it to adapt to the future demands as the roles of buildings evolve in the continuum of care. Learn more on how to address these challenges and meet your energy and cost goals.
March 28, 2014
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Healthcare facilities are faced with the delicate balance of improving the quality of care, while controlling costs. One emerging approach to assist with this ongoing situation is the support of a Lean management strategy.
February 25, 2014
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We invite you to attend a complimentary Webinar on March 6, 2014, to learn how North York General Hospital (NYGH) and Atrius Health leveraged evidence-based care guidance solutions and advanced electronic health record deployment to drive outcomes improvement at their organizations. By decreasing the variability of clinical practice and by delivering vital information at the most critical moments in care, both organizations recognized significant patient safety and quality improvements.
February 21, 2014
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Read through valuable insights on the changing landscape of the Healthcare IT industry today. Learn about leading practices from our thought leaders and their strategic thinking through a series of interviews by Deloitte’s key industry leaders, client interviews, research and thought leadership articles on government reform, new risk-based models such as value-based care, M&A activities, growing patient populations and increased competition amid shrinking resources that are driving transformation.
February 17, 2014
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Learn how Houston Methodist addressed operational challenges with clinical account creation using Caradigm Provisioning.
February 12, 2014
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HCAHPS survey scores have become the benchmark for measuring patient satisfaction, and the results have a direct impact on Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and health systems. From streamlining the transition from ER to patient room, to improving workflow for more effective care and to making patients more comfortable during their stay – point of care technology can markedly enhance patient satisfaction.
January 15, 2014
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This presentation will highlight the key benefits of an integrated patient self-service solution by gathering patient feedback in real-time, identifying trends, and improving the patient experience. Decision makers in marketing, admissions, registration, scheduling, revenue cycle management, patient finance, guest relations, and other related areas should attend.
January 9, 2014
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This webinar explores the use of Care Teams in accountable care, and presents the findings from a recent paper based on the success Providence Health & Services achieved in Care Team development and improved care quality.
January 6, 2014
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More often than not, health IT advocates get excited about the myriad ways technology could be used to help doctors do a better job of providing care. But what about using IT to help doctors go back to being doctors, period?
April 14, 2014
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Is it safe and effective care for providers to evaluate and prescribe for patients that they've never met face-to-face?
April 11, 2014
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One way of summing up the past decade in healthcare might be to say that IT is finally aiming to catch up with the remarkable strides medical science has made over the past generation.
April 9, 2014
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In 2013, Kaiser Permanente conducted 10.5 million patient-doctor visits via e-mail, telephone or video tools, and in a new report the organization discusses some of the ways those visits took place.
March 24, 2014
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Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.
March 24, 2014
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A new study by the Rand Corporation indicates that, perhaps not surprisingly, many doctors are not quite as enamored of new health IT as advocates would like.
March 7, 2014
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Two recent studies have found that doctors know very little about cost. But that same research has also confirmed that, contrary to the popular narrative, doctors actually do care about cost.
February 20, 2014
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2014 represents a transformative year for healthcare in the United States. Exciting innovations are making a significant impact on the industry, and I am hopeful that we will see a transformation across the industry to more consumer-centric and value-driven healthcare.
January 14, 2014
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There are days when I feel like an outsider to the ePatient movement. An alien looking in. I may show up in a list of ePatients somewhere, but I'm not really a patient, because I get paid to work in healthcare.
December 30, 2013
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A major challenge healthcare organizations face is choosing health information technology solutions that place clinical value, care coordination and patient outcomes first.
December 6, 2013
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Social technologies are quickly finding their way into care and coordination processes across the entire continuum of health and wellness activities.
December 4, 2013
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Here are five ways to find inspiration for healthcare innovation from other industries. These approaches may inspire you to adopt new knowledge, and think differently.
November 25, 2013
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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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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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Installation of a CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System has led to a 50% reduction in X-ray dosage at the 564-bed University Hospital Tenon, Paris, which is part of the public health system APHP. Figures have been validated by a member of the Personnes Compétentes en Radioprotection, a nationwide network of Radiation Protection Officers.
July 19, 2013
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