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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Chronic disease could be a thing of the past, if National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, has it right. Testifying Tuesday before the Senate, he said NIH is poised to launch a massive data-driven initiative to combat chronic conditions.
March 11, 2015
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Nurses at a California hospital are asking state officials to investigate the failure of the hospital's electronic medical record system, an incident they said led to the closure of its emergency room and compromised patient safety.
March 10, 2015
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With its new ResearchKit, Apple aims to offer an open framework that enables more medical professionals to participate in research, and gives tech innovators the chance to build apps for its platform.
March 9, 2015
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' first Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan talks about his first few months as CDO, and offers advice for providers looking to tap into their own data to drive efficiency and improve care.
March 9, 2015
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In a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 100 medical societies aired "a number of concerns that do not appear to be addressed" as the ICD-10 deadline looms.
March 6, 2015
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If a health system is given a choice of 50 quality measures and has to choose 10, how do they choose the best 10?
March 4, 2015
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The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities."
March 4, 2015
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A Northern California hospital has acknowledged that its electronic health record system went dark for more than a week, which resulted in clinicians unable to access patient medical records and even having to postpone serious medical treatments.
March 3, 2015
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Thanks to committed pursuit of its quality measurement programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the U.S. has made "clear progress" in achieving better care at lower cost for healthier populations.
March 3, 2015
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As the news and commentary on hospital-acquired infection swirls following recent superbug fatalities at two academic medical centers, CareFusion is calling attention to its recent success in infection control technology.
March 2, 2015
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After a perplexing visit to the emergency department, one patient takes a critical look at the ways electronic health record design can lead to workflow processes that just don't make sense.
March 2, 2015
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(SPONSORED) Nace outlines how to make value-based care a priority for providers.
March 2, 2015
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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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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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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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Discover how to enhance communication with actionable display information for patients, visitor and employees. Digital signage allows for streamlined workflows for clinicians and staff to enhance patient care and safety. Read this eBook to learn how to develop a strategy to cost effectively deliver critical messaging for multiple audiences at multiple locations.
June 12, 2013
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The VA was one of the first medical systems in the country to implement BCMA, a system that uses bar code scanners at the point-of-care to electronically validate medications for patients by scanning the patient's bracelet and the appropriate drug. With the new Honeywell/TCG 1902HHD scanning solution implementation, the VA received a more ergonomic, reliable and productive product.
June 3, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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Automated medication administration, electronic health records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), barcode point-of-care (BPOC) and other automated procedures for improving patient care all rely on accurate input that barcoding can provide. This white paper will explain the role wristbands can play in improving patient safety and freeing nurses and other valuable medical personnel from paperwork and clerical tasks.
May 6, 2013
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Hospitals and health systems have invested significant funds and other resources to meet numerous strategic enterprise initiatives such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA requirements, whether to join or form an ACO, and others. Executives from four major health systems came together for a roundtable discussion on how employing an integrated strategy has helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals. <br> </br> Learn how leading healthcare organizations are:<br> </br> • Educating stakeholders on the ultimate benefits of the initiatives<br> • Adopting methodologies that streamline workflows and reduce costs<br> • Sharing information and promoting best practices across the enterprise<br> • Avoiding initiatives being deployed in silos<br> • Knowing when to partner with trusted organizations to achieve initiatives more rapidly and efficiently<br>
April 30, 2013
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The emergence of predictive analytics is making it possible for health care organizations to get a more accurate picture of the future. This white paper offers examples of how the health care industry is applying advanced analytics to data. As a result, organizations can quickly and effectively implement programs that vastly improve care and reduce unnecessary readmissions. To find out more, download the full report.
April 23, 2013
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This white paper discusses five strategic imperatives for providers facing dramatic transformations in the US health care system – and why analytics is the key to executing them. Case study overviews from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Healthways and McKesson are included as examples of providers are using analytics successfully to address current and future challenges surrounding health care reform.
April 2, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
April 2, 2013
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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 daunting task of connecting fragmented data is the responsibility of providers and insurance providers after the adoption of EHR systems. How can this process be simplified?
September 4, 2014
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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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DX-D 100 mobile digital X-ray systems to be utilized in the basic biomedical equipment technician training curriculum.
July 18, 2013
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Facility to benefit from DX-D 600's MUSICA2 image quality and potential for dose reduction.
July 11, 2013
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The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology, Research and Education, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, has released updated 2011 data from the HIMSS Analytics Database. The Dorenfest Institute provides a variety of detailed historical data, reports and white papers about IT use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks.
July 11, 2013
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M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding solutions, today announced an expanded relationship with Erlanger Health System to deliver exclusive outsourced transcription and front-end speech recognition technologies. Erlanger has selected M*Modal Fluency Flex to bring greater choice, efficiency and cost savings in creating reports and documenting patient records.
June 26, 2013
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Recognizing the persistent disparities in controlling asthma among African-American and Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today issued a call for research proposals to provide new information on ways to solve this problem.
June 18, 2013
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Numera, providing customizable solutions for companies interested in improving their offerings for healthy aging, chronic condition management, and post-acute careannounced its collaboration with ResMed on its patient engagement platform called SleepSeeker, a free online tool to improve patient compliance with therapy for sleep-disordered breathing.
June 18, 2013
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Technology could be the prescription for improving treatment outcomes, while reducing costs, for children suffering from chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, according to a new report released on Tuesday (June 18) by the Verizon Foundation and Boston Children's Hospital.
June 18, 2013
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As part of a health system comprised of more than 25 health clinics and hospitals, Park Nicollet needed a diagnostic imaging partner that could help deliver quality care across exams and facilities.
June 17, 2013
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Decision Simulation LLC, the leading provider of web- based simulation platforms, announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs has extended its enterprise license with Decision Simulation to support their SimLEARN initiative.
June 6, 2013
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