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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A bill signed last week in California aims to greatly increase access to healthcare in rural areas by providing more telehealth services, through more providers, in more care settings.
October 11, 2011
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ICF International, a provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has won a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide data management support and technical assistance to more than 40 CDC-funded grantees.
October 10, 2011
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A new survey conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has found that most healthcare providers agree that electronic monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation post-surgery can reduce the likelihood of patients dying from opioid overdoses.
October 10, 2011
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The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14, and one expert says Apple's new release "certainly boosts its suitability for healthcare applications." But one team of UC Davis researchers didn't need an upgrade to transform their iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices.
October 10, 2011
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The healthcare track at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference, held last week at the Moscone Center, saw a nearly 70 percent increase in attendees over last year -- jumping from 800 to 1,350 registered attendees.
October 10, 2011
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HealthAmerica and Preferred Primary Care Physicians have launched a new pilot program aimed at providing more coordinated and patient-centered primary care and improved communications among patients, physicians and care teams.
October 7, 2011
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Coders aren't just coders anymore. With the conversion to ICD-10 -- and all that entails -- set to take place by Oct. 1, 2013, a new career path is emerging. Enter the chief knowledge officer.
October 7, 2011
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The widespread development of health information exchange is happening quickly, and with it comes worries about confidentiality, privacy and security. But its benefits far outweigh potential concerns and include improved quality of care and reduced healthcare costs. Rob Brull offers six tips for to HIE sustainability.
October 7, 2011
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It's hard to overstate the impact Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at age 56, has had on technology for the past 30 years. In hardware, software, communications and design, Apple's contributions have been incalculable – not least in healthcare.
October 6, 2011
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The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance and the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition have called on Congress to reject the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's proposal for Medicare to use prior authorization for advanced imaging services, which is part of a broader plan aimed at saving the healthcare system $319 billion over the next decade.
October 6, 2011
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Lynne Thomas Gordon, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, spent her first days on the job at the organization's 83rd annual convention in Salt Lake City this week. She spoke with Healthcare IT News about her expectations and the challenges ahead for the 63,000 member organization.
October 6, 2011
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Verizon and Duke University will jointly develop health information technology initiatives that both partners say will change the way healthcare is delivered.
October 5, 2011
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