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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McKesson has integrated neural analytics and reporting tools to its McKesson Total Payment solution via the InvestiClaim module. The module allows payers to avoid more wasteful and abusive claims up front, and makes fraud recovery efforts more efficient on the back end.
July 22, 2011
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Medical associations, health systems and research institutions wanting to improve how they interact with their members are increasingly turning to social media. But unlike other industries, healthcare hasn't been able to reap the benefit this type of collaboration can provide, says one expert.
July 21, 2011
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Express Scripts has announced a merger agreement with its pharmacy benefits management competitor Medco. The deal between the two PBM giants is valued at $29.1 billion.
July 21, 2011
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Mayo Clinic continues to demonstrate its leadership in social media. This month it launched its own social network for patients and caregivers, and it recently became one of the largest U.S. medical centers to establish a Spanish-language presence online.
July 21, 2011
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Intel-GE Care Innovations, a collaboration formed last year to advance telehealth solutions for the home healthcare market, has launched Connect, a home-based medical device that serves as a communications platform and wellness portal for isolated seniors.
July 20, 2011
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U.S. News & World Report has released its list of 118 hospitals that are leaders when it comes to using electronic medical records and providing quality care.
July 19, 2011
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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it is offering a $50,000 prize to the first team that builds a personal health record using the Blue Button download format – and arranges to install the PHR on the websites of 25,000 physicians across America.
July 19, 2011
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LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, which provides video-on-demand, broadband Internet and satellite TV to the hospitality and healthcare industries, announced Tuesday that it has reorganized its LodgeNet Healthcare group as an independent but wholly-owned subsidiary.
July 19, 2011
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Wading into an issue that hasn't seen clarification in 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration has released a draft of guidelines to regulate certain mobile medical apps.
July 19, 2011
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CareSpark, a nonprofit regional health information organization (RHIO), which serves 17 counties in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, is being terminated due to sustainability issues – but one official isn't giving up hope.
July 19, 2011
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A new report from the National Research Council recommends steps the FDA and agencies such as the ONC can take to ensure medical devices and health IT for home healthcare are easy and safe to use.
July 18, 2011
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Microsoft has announced that people using the Google Health service – scheduled to close on Jan. 1, 2012 – can transfer personal health information stored in a Google Health profile to a Microsoft HealthVault account using the Direct Project messaging protocols.
July 18, 2011
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