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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Leveraging the Industrial Internet to better impact patient outcomes, GE Healthcare launched Centricity 360, a cloud service that the company calls "a GE Predictivity solution."
December 3, 2013
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MedStar Health, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Innovations, has signed a deal with InnoVital Systems of Beltsville, Md., to license patent rights for a device that potentially could make it easier for patients with severe lung and neuromuscular diseases to breathe.
December 3, 2013
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Richmond, Va., gastroenterologist Michael P. Jones, MD, is not anti-technology. He just does not like electronic medical records in their current form. He's expecting the technology to improve, but for now, he's opted for paper charts.
November 27, 2013
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RSNA and the Regenstrief Institute have begun work to harmonize and unify terms for radiology procedures. The intent is to improve the quality, consistency and interoperability of radiology test results in electronic medical record systems and health information exchange.
November 27, 2013
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To say an IT project like HealthCare.gov was a large-scale, complex behemoth undertaking is an understatement, to say the least. All the myriad elements of the project must be successfully interconnected for it to function properly, which clearly did not occur. Neglect any one of these elements and it can lead to "outright failure."
November 26, 2013
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Google-backed 23andMe, a consumer company that seeks to be the "world's trusted source of personal genetic information" thanks to its $99 DNA tests, has been slapped with a warning from the FDA that it's in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
November 26, 2013
News
In the realm of modern healthcare, data is king. And, in many cases, the electronic medical record has proven itself a valuable source to extract that data. Most recently, researchers are using the EMR in conjunction with genetic data to discover new disease associations.
November 25, 2013
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Epic Systems Corp. will help Oregon Health & Science University set up two laboratory installations of its EpicCare electronic health record on its servers for medical informatics education and research purposes. On the research side, the school will have access to Epic's source code.
November 25, 2013
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Think parsing the growing amount of information in electronic health records is tough now? Just wait until genomic data starts showing up in EHRs.
November 22, 2013
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Breakfast panel to offer tips on extending healthcare solutions to mobile devices.
November 21, 2013
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If hospital chief information officers and vendor hiring managers think it's tough to find qualified health IT workers now, just wait until technology implementation moves beyond EHR installation, data capture and moderate interoperability to a full-blown effort to transform a broken healthcare industry.
November 21, 2013
News
University Hospitals is the newest healthcare provider expanding its accountable care contract, this time signing a deal with Cigna in an initiative to enhance care coordination and reduce overall costs.
November 19, 2013
News
The market for EHRs has stalled as potential buyers await the outcome of the governmen's definition of "meaningful use" and "certified EHR" - both critical for determining Stimulus reimbursement.
May 4, 2009
Blog
In 2005, after 13 years in the financial services industry, I migrated into the healthcare industry. I was about five weeks into my new career when a major network downtime occurred.
March 17, 2009
Blog
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
The 250-physician Banner Arizona Medical Group (BAMG) has selected Phytel, the industry leader in automated, physician-led health improvement, to help the group develop its population health management program and improve patient outcomes. BAMG, which is part of Banner Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system with 23 hospitals in seven states, plans to roll out Phytel’s Proactive Patient Outreach and appointment reminder services to primary care doctors and specialists in all of its sites.
May 2, 2011
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