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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IBM has launched a new technology designed to extract relevant clinical information from unstructured data. Based on the same natural language processing technology used in IBM's Watson, its new Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare is aimed at preventing patient readmissions.
October 25, 2011
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ONC Chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, speaking at the Medical Group Management Association's 2011 conference in Las Vegas, tried to appease worried physician leaders by telling them a good EHR will make the path easier to meaningful use, ACOs and other federal healthcare reform measures.
October 25, 2011
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New health IT was anywhere and everywhere in 2011, and with even more technology on the cusp of the mainstream market, it’s only natural to wonder what's the best. Ahmed Ghouri offers his picks for best health IT innovations for 2011.
October 24, 2011
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Monday that 500 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) have been selected for the FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice (APCP) demonstration project, which will evaluate the impact of the patient-centered medial home on improving care and lowering costs.
October 24, 2011
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With global population set to hit 7 billion by the end of this month – promising huge challenges for healthcare worldwide – SAP AG and the United Nations Population Fund have unveiled two interactive dashboards that use business analytics to enable greater transparency and awareness around population trends.
October 24, 2011
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Three South Dakota health organizations are poised to put a $900,000 federal grant to work by creating a community health information network that will make it possible for them to share patient information via electronic health records.
October 24, 2011
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It is recommended that doctors receive three to five days of initial training to adequately use their EHRs, but a new report indicates that this requirement is not being met.
October 24, 2011
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The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates is using WebChart EHR from Medical Informatics Engineering to collect, track and manage medical information gathered from field physicals on eight U.S. military bases throughout Area Support Group Kuwait.

October 21, 2011
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George Roman of the AMGA shares his initial impressions of the final regs. While it’s too early to make any final conclusions, he says, it seems CMS has made some critical changes.
October 21, 2011
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Some 26 percent of CIOs say their organizations have qualified to receive stimulus funding under the HITECH Act, and others expect to qualify in ensuing years, according to a recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
October 21, 2011
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The two-day conference in Boston, hosted by Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health, brings together more than 1,000 experts to discuss new technologies and concepts.
October 20, 2011
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued its final rules on Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, which bolster the menu of options for providers looking to better coordinate care for patients and aim at making it easier for providers to deliver high quality care and use healthcare dollars more wisely.
October 20, 2011
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