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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Premier Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based TheraDoc, a Hospira subsidiary that develops clinical surveillance technology, for $117 million in cash.
August 5, 2014
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Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins are joining forces to share information and look for better ways to put electronic health records to work toward better care.
August 4, 2014
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Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?
July 30, 2014
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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down next summer.
July 29, 2014
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Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.
July 29, 2014
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Electronic health records have a big role to play in improving hospitals' medication reconciliation, a new study finds, but challenges related to data quality, technology and workflow remain.
July 29, 2014
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A new state health information exchange has officially signed on with the eHealth Exchange, bringing an additional 16 million patient records into the national HIE pool.
July 28, 2014
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More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey.
July 28, 2014
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For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite. But, today, more accurate information is emerging.
July 28, 2014
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After landing 11 new grants, clinicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are gearing up for projects aimed at boosting care and engaging patients. The grants are aimed at making it possible for clinicians and other staff members to experiment with ways to boost care and also better involve patients.
July 25, 2014
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Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in carrying out their missions due to growing complexity of their IT networks.
July 25, 2014
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On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections.
July 23, 2014
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The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization released a white paper on Modernizing Rural Health Care.
August 3, 2011
Blog
Today hospital executives can say that their facilities are unlike their predecessors ten years ago, but in another ten years from now health facilities will be even more sophisticated and advanced than the most modern centers today.
August 3, 2011
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Bilingual staff have become a valuable asset to healthcare organizations. They’re often pulled from their daily responsibilities to assist nurses, physicians, techs and other support staff in communicating with limited English proficient (LEP) patients.
July 28, 2011
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From my perch in this business, I read and hear a lot about how healthcare IT is meant to help transform patient care.
July 27, 2011
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From bolstering brand identity to reducing administration costs, hospital signage is a growing industry with a continuous supply of new and sophisticated tools that spread hospital communication.
July 18, 2011
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Whether for patients with long drive times in rural communities or set in urban settings for a more convenient and quicker treatment, satellite emergency departments are attractive prospects and as two studies show, a fairly lucrative proposition for a health system looking to develop.
July 12, 2011
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Radiology groups and imaging centers have been on the leading technology edge for many years. The leadership principles of radiology CEOs and CIOs shine in how they approach.
July 11, 2011
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In the first national study to examine care at critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural areas of the U.S., Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that CAHs have fewer clinical capabilities, lower quality of care, and worse patient outcomes compared with other hospitals.
July 8, 2011
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The satellite emergency department market is doing well, and from what I have seen, as attractive to patients as hospitals looking to implement them.
July 5, 2011
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Mid-level providers, commonly called registered nurses (RNs) or physicians’ assistants (PAs) are a beacon of hope for struggling hospitals as the physician attrition rate and the number of aging Americans continues to spiral upwards.
June 27, 2011
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An unsatisfactory relationship between the doctor and patient is one of the great impediments to a functioning U.S. healthcare system. Our social media followers say that relationship is hurt by three primary factors... can IT help?
June 24, 2011
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Being in healthcare IT, and inspired all the time by the optimism and the opportunities technology has provided us, I thought that collecting my personal health information would be a fairly simple and straightforward task. Instead, the wide range of service I was provided when simply trying to collect my medical records was quite an eye opening experience.
June 23, 2011
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When it comes to tracking disease outbreak, childhood immunizations, or illness during natural disasters, public health professionals often rely on health information technology systems to gather valuable data and alert clinicians and other healthcare professionals on life-threatening medical situations. Citing the beneficial role such health IT systems play in public health surveillance and management, HIMSS announces two finalists for its HIMSS Public Health Davies Award of Excellence.
May 12, 2011
Press Release
The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans, awarded a $1 million dollar grant to Health Leads, an organization devoted to helping vulnerable families by arranging for college volunteers to partner with physicians in hospitals across the country.
May 12, 2011
Press Release
Visual Healthcare Corp. (the "Company") (NASDAQ OTC: VSHC) announces today that it has entered into an agreement with Sygenics Life Sciences Software (Sygenics LSS) to market a 2nd generation of Lab Automation applications to serve the scientific community. This allows researchers to replace paper-based scientific records and paper-based scrapbooks with more dependable and secure electronic storage capabilities, as well as the ability to instantaneously share information with other scientists of their choice.
May 10, 2011
Press Release
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a non-partisan group of consumer, labor and patient organizations representing more than 127 million people, today released an unprecedented Consumer Platform for Health IT (information technology). For the first time it offers a detailed vision for a patient-centered health care system in which vastly improved access to timely, electronic information equips consumers to actively participate in health care as both partners and leaders.
May 9, 2011
Press Release
Governor Abercrombie and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Patricia McManaman today announced plans to expand access to a new model of health care delivery that will focus on patient care and technology.
May 9, 2011
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A team from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Stanford University is exploring a new approach to clinical trials that experts say will cost less and be easier to translate into practice.
May 9, 2011
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Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, which operates a not-for-profit community hospital in northeast Missouri, has selected the Sunrise Enterprise suite of solutions from Allscripts.
May 6, 2011
Press Release
As part of its ongoing effort to help physicians adopt health information technology (health IT), the American Medical Association (AMA) recently introduced a new series of online tutorials on the issue. The series of six short narrated modules provides step-by-step instructions to help physicians choose, purchase and implement the best technology systems for their practice.
May 4, 2011
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More fragmented and uncoordinated healthcare may be on the horizon thanks to a growing shortage of U.S. healthcare workers. That’s the message from a new poll of healthcare quality experts conducted by ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts.
May 3, 2011
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Logansport Memorial Hospital and Woodlawn Hospital are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). By joining dozens of hospitals, along with long term care facilities and other healthcare providers throughout the state, physicians at Logansport Memorial and Woodlawn hospitals will be able to better serve patients by securely accessing necessary information to make decisions critical to patient care.
May 3, 2011
Press Release
UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent have signed an agreement to jointly develop a telemedicine platform and suite of applications that will enable patients to receive care even when they are far from doctors and hospitals. This newest collaboration builds on a relationship and co-development agreement dating back to 2006 between UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent.
May 3, 2011
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The North Shore-LIJ Health System and Montefiore Medical Center, the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and integrated health system, today announced they have formed a groundbreaking strategic alliance to build on their success in providing the most innovative, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare services to communities they serve in the New York City metropolitan area.
May 3, 2011
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