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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In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.
December 19, 2014
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New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates.
December 18, 2014
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The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
December 17, 2014
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HIMSS Analytics has awarded Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, lauding the health system's outpatient settings for using patient-generated data to improve outcomes, and for lowering costs by avoiding unnecessary tests.
December 16, 2014
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Quality care is top of mind for Maureen Bisognano, RN. It has been since she was a young nurse, and it became a true mission as she worked side by side with Donald Berwick, MD, at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Today, as president and CEO of IHI, Bisognano says she's "very encouraged" about its successes so far.
December 15, 2014
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It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate hearing July 17, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions.
December 12, 2014
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While many hospitals have made strides, there are still many tough nuts to crack on the patient safety front, according to the results of a survey released in July by Leapfrog and Castlight Health, a company dedicated to price transparency in healthcare.
December 12, 2014
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Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
December 12, 2014
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McKesson this week launched McKesson Ventures, a strategic fund that will invest in early and growth stage companies aimed at tackling the big challenges facing the healthcare industry.
December 12, 2014
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KLAS has undertaken the daunting task of sorting out who's who in the emerging field of population health management technology. In a new report, researchers evaluated 29 vendors, and Dallas-based Phytel rose to the top with an overall score of 89.8 out 100.
December 11, 2014
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What's the healthcare C-suite planning for in the coming year? While everybody seems to have differing opinions, there's a consensus that 2015 will introduce a lot of changes, particularly in how providers and consumers interact.
December 11, 2014
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Having established a level of trust and familiarity with electronic health records over the past few years, increasing numbers of U.S. patients are looking for more advanced features, such as access to doctors' notes and test results, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
December 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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