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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Smartphone apps are increasing in popularity and are being widely used in healthcare as health apps, but more research needs to be conducted on their efficacy as patient adherence tools, according to a survey by Consumer Health Information Corporation (CHIC).
April 26, 2011
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Two former U.S. senators, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, do not have to cross the aisle to work together. Tom Daschle, the Democrat who represented South Dakota from 1987 to 2005, and Bob Bennett, the Republican who represented Utah from 1993 to 2011, pretty much see eye to eye these days – at least on the subject of health information technology.
April 26, 2011
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Health-focused social networks may prove to be a viable source for chronic disease surveillance, according to researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.
April 26, 2011
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A new toolkit for accountable care organizations (ACOs) developed by the Care Continuum Alliance offers care providers resources on key wellness and health management strategies essential to the ACO's success.
April 26, 2011
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Western Connecticut Health Network's Danbury Hospital was recently recognized for its use of IT to bring meaningful data to its physicians. According to the hospital's CMO, the project "reduced unnecessary variations in care, without sacrificing quality outcome."
April 26, 2011
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Healthcare providers may soon have guides that describe the usability of electronic health records designed to make adopting and using healthcare information technology clear and transparent - and improve patient safety.
April 26, 2011
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eHealthConnecticut, Inc., announced April 26 that Community Health Center, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) headquartered in Middletown, has joined healthcare providers participating in the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) Health Information Exchange (HIE) Pilot Project.
April 26, 2011
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The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC) has announced a partnership with Dallas-based Phytel, under which MACHC member centers in Maryland and Delaware will use the firm's population health management tools to help build patient-centered medical homes.
April 25, 2011
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The American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathologists and Surescripts is seeking hospital participation for a program that will electronically connect hospital laboratories with public health agencies.
April 25, 2011
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The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) announced plans Monday to develop the MetroChicago Health Information Exchange (HIE), which is expected to be the largest metropolitan HIE in the nation, serving more than 9.4 million people.
April 25, 2011
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Social media could prove to be a valuable method for gathering real time information on patient treatment to help determine drug effectiveness sooner, according to a new study of patients with ALS.
April 25, 2011
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Wayne Memorial Hospital has implemented the nurse call integration feature of the HealthAlert for Nurses technology from Fort Wayne, Ind.-based EXTENSION. The 316-bed facility can now automate the delivery of clinical information and nurse call messages.
April 22, 2011
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