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 Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday awarded $137 million to 50 states – and Guam – to strengthen prevention efforts and to improve public health. Many of the awards include a health IT component, such as immunization information technologies and registries.
August 25, 2011
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One day after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, two new surveys by the American Red Cross suggest that the uptick seen on sites such as Twitter and Facebook is part of a growing trend of Americans turning to social media in response to emergencies.
August 25, 2011
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A new study from Humana and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange shows that using health information exchanges in emergency departments results in improved provider efficiencies and health plan cost savings.
August 25, 2011
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Morgenthaler Ventures, a venture capital firm, has named 11 finalists in the firm's nationwide contest to find the most promising health IT startups looking for seed and Series-A funding.
August 25, 2011
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Electronic health records can provide new opportunities for obtaining more comprehensive data regarding quality of health services patients receive than relying solely on Medicaid claims data, according to a new study.
August 25, 2011
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Business intelligence is becoming more essential for healthcare providers as they make critical decisions about accountable care organizations and how best to meet meaningful use requirements, according to new research from Orem, Utah-based KLAS.
August 25, 2011
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MedHOK, which develops cloud-based care management and compliance software, has partnered with New York County Health Services Review Organization (NYCHSRO)/MedReview to help health plans drive improvements in their HEDIS scores.
August 24, 2011
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The Texas prison system combined a statewide electronic medical record system with the world's largest telemedicine system outside of the Pentagon to create a program that has saved Texas taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the past 10 years, according to the Gartner Group.
August 24, 2011
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The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding linking rural hospitals and clinicians to capital loan programs to help them purchase software and hardware needed to implement health IT.
August 24, 2011
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A new Facebook app has been developed with the aim of boosting medication compliance in young transplant patients.
August 23, 2011
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer its physicians commercial cloud-based software-as-a-service collaborative tools to improve communications while also reducing data breaches.
August 23, 2011
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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, has launched a health information exchange in Houston that's billed as the first of its kind.
August 23, 2011
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