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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The American Health Information Management Association's 2014 ICD-10 and Computer Assisted Coding Summit featured the latest industry reaction to the ICD-10 delay. It was one of frustration and disappointment.
April 25, 2014
News
The shift toward value-based care has sparked a demand for analytics like never before, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report also points out that the demand has vendors rushing a wave of new products to market.
April 24, 2014
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Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report.
April 23, 2014
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If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations opened April 23, and close May 23.
April 23, 2014
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Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and advocate for ACOs, will be stepping down from his position on May 16. The announcement came by way of an internal email via CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
April 23, 2014
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UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.
April 22, 2014
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If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert.
April 22, 2014
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Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 21, 2014
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Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature," said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington.
April 18, 2014
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For the most part, providers are still wary over the mHealth movement. And this caution just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study.
April 18, 2014
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After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients' ratings of physicians on the hospital's own website.
April 18, 2014
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Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday.
April 17, 2014
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A new Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative, Partnership for Patients, is calling hospitals to focus on nine specific types of medical errors where the potential is great for increased care.
June 20, 2011
Blog
The healthcare IT community is a technologically savvy lot, to be sure. Dreaming up systems that will ultimately improve patient health (and perhaps a bottom line or two) is certainly the work of creative and dedicated professionals.
June 16, 2011
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I’ve been interested in the growing population of folks who self-track objective data for health purposes. The phenomenon is referred to either as personal informatics or the Quantified Self. Both concepts have a following and both are intimately tied into the value of connected health.
June 14, 2011
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For those paying close attention to the world of mobile health last week, you may have noticed a number of tweets coming out of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Mobile Health Summit put on there by the GSMA, an organization that represents mobile operators worldwide, and the mHealth Alliance.
June 13, 2011
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An article headline caught my attention the other day, “A thriving medical industry is a boon for the building.” That statement rings true from my perspective.
June 13, 2011
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I fell in love with healthcare while working as a radiology technician aide at a well-known imaging center in Dallas during college. I was working late one evening with one of our senior technicians, when I realized the profound opportunity a relationship between healthcare and technology could provide.
June 9, 2011
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For some reason of late, I’ve noticed the tagline of the automobile insurance company, Esurance. In case you haven’t seen it, it goes like this: “Technology when you want it, people when you don’t.” When I first heard this, I thought it would be a good tagline for connected health.
June 7, 2011
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Even before accounting for the mass influx of Americans rushing to hospitals' emergency departments from healthcare reform, EDs are in serious need of fine tuning as over crowding and escalating inpatient costs are on the rise.
June 6, 2011
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Much has been written about preparing for meaningful use, such as implementing a certified electronic health record. Then what?
June 6, 2011
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On Thursday (June 2), I joined other speakers at the IBM Healthcare Leadership Exchange, Transforming Healthcare, held at the Chicago IBM Transformation Center. My keynote presentation focused on “Healthcare in the US.”
June 3, 2011
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I recently attended a conference at which Stephen Dubner, co-author of the best-selling books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, gave a keynote. Though he was speaking to a room full of email marketers, his story was peppered with anecdotes from the world of healthcare.
May 23, 2011
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Often when I speak about connected health, I am asked ‘What are you doing to provide these services to communities with health disparities?’ For many years, connected health advocates took it on the chin when this important topic was brought up.
May 11, 2011
Blog
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
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
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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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