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 developer challenge issued this spring by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, aimed at inspiring innovation in health IT applications, has awarded its prize to a multilingual EMR interface.
June 23, 2011
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Inova Alexandria Hospital emergency department clinicians in Alexandria, Va., can now quickly access a patient's prescriptions information, no matter where in the country they were written, thanks to a recently launched initiative by the Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization (NoVaRHIO).
June 23, 2011
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The eHealth Initiative has released a new report exploring the role of electronic health records in care coordination for patients with complex illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
June 23, 2011
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Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be awarded to help hospitals and providers improve care with new technology-backed programs, training and monitoring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced June 22.
June 23, 2011
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Lockheed Martin and Carroll Technologies Group partnered to offer a new wireless, through-the-earth communications system designed specifically to help the mining industry improve post-accident emergency communications.
June 22, 2011
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Texas Health Resources received more than $19.5 million in Medicare incentive payments at the end of May for meeting first stage meaningful use. But according to Ferdinand Velasco, MD, vice president and CMIO, the heath system didn’t do it for the money.
June 21, 2011
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The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded The Informatics Applications Group Inc., of Reston, Va., a $5 million contract to be the custodial agent to manage VA's open source community to modernize its VistA electronic health record.
June 20, 2011
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The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and part of the National Institutes of Health, has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. The free service allows health organizations and health information technology providers to link patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.gov.
June 20, 2011
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Once electronic health records become nearly ubiquitous, the information within them will enable new applications and services geared toward better population health management, says National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.
June 20, 2011
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Once electronic health records become nearly ubiquitous, the information within them will enable new applications and services geared toward better population health management, says National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.
June 20, 2011
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has made available a free tool to simplify the reporting by physicians and practices of clinical quality measures for meaningful use.
June 20, 2011
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Amagine, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Medical Association, has introduced the health IT index. This interactive program allows physicians to identify their individual health IT priorities in just three minutes so they can begin working towards adoption.
June 20, 2011
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