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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Social media and online networking could provide a novel way to recruit patients with rare diseases for clinical studies, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.
August 30, 2011
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The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Department of Defense, is building a central database focused on traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that officials say will aid in better prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
August 30, 2011
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to make its open source agent operational and make available the software code of various applications in the electronic health records of VA and the Defense Department.
August 29, 2011
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athenahealth announced Monday it will launch the Patient-Centered Medical Home Accelerator Program, which aims to assist primary care physician groups in meeting the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s newest PCMH recognition standards.
August 29, 2011
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National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, urged an audience at the annual Allscripts Client Experience Conference Monday morning to pick a health problem - stroke or heart attack, for example - and "knock the heck out of it."
August 29, 2011
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North Carolina employers have a chance to help improve patient care and save healthcare costs thanks to First in Health, a public-private partnership that will make it possible for them to tap into an IT-supported medical home created for Medicaid recipients.
August 29, 2011
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As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of hospitals in low-lying sections of Manhattan in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's landfall, North Shore-LIJ health system began removal of patients from two of its hospitals and set up an emergency command center.
August 26, 2011
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Just as some hospitals in low-lying areas of Manhattan were preparing to evacuate on Friday afternoon and others all along the East Coast were readying for the wind, rain and power outages expected from Hurricane Irene, Boston-based Iron Mountain, an information management services company, offered 10 tips on how best to weather the storm.
August 26, 2011
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Aiming to single out high-potential health IT startups and help enable their "rapid development and growth," Healthbox is a new accelerator program that offers support for seed-stage companies that can chart the "complex transition into the digital age."
August 26, 2011
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As the accreditor selected by the Office of the National Coordinator to oversee the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, the American National Standards Institute announced Thursday it's open for business.
August 26, 2011
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The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, and The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene have been named the two winners of the HIMSS Public Health Davies Award of Excellence, for the value their IT systems bring to the populations that they serve.
August 25, 2011
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Free-text searches of electronic medical records could be better at identifying patients’ postoperative complications than the currently used billing codes, according to a new study.
August 25, 2011
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