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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University of Utah engineers say wireless technology will one day be used to noninvasively measure the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
September 19, 2011
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new recommendations and initiatives Monday to support health text messaging and mobile health programs.
September 19, 2011
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First- and second-year students at Weill Cornell Medical College are being provided with new iPads, which will be synched with EMRs for training during their clerkships.
September 15, 2011
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Physicians across Denmark will have access to real-time patient data with a portal solution from Carefx and IBM.
September 15, 2011
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In August, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society acquired Berlin-based so2say communications, expanding HIMSS' media and communications offerings in Europe.
September 15, 2011
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GE has launched a new initiative aimed at accelerating cancer innovation and improving care for 10 million patients around the world by 2020. As part of Thursday's announcement, GE is sponsoring a $100 million open innovation challenge to identify and bring to market ideas that advance breast cancer diagnostics.
September 15, 2011
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The American Medical Informatics Association argues that when it comes to oversight of clinical decision support systems, the most critical factor in determining the risk classification of different types of software is whether the CDS is mediated by a human being or not.
September 15, 2011
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With a special emphasis on their use of evidence-based treatments, the Joint Commission has spotlighted the nation's 405 best-performing hospitals in its 2011 annual report on quality and safety.
September 15, 2011
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A new study found that the criteria for hospitals to meet meaningful use of electronic medication order entry for Stage 1 is too low to have a significant impact on hospital mortality rates among Medicare patients.
September 15, 2011
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Time Warner Cable Business Class has commenced a trial of healthcare services in Maine, offering providers the ability to communicate and transact with each other and patients over a secure community intranet that meets federal privacy and security standards.
September 14, 2011
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The 2011 HIMSS Davies Award Winners were announced Tuesday during a conference that was part of National Health Information Technology Week. Officials have also changed the criteria for next year's awards, aligning them with the HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption model.
September 13, 2011
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Nearly a year after its acquisition of US Oncology, the practice management company for community-based cancer doctors, McKesson has built on the deal to create a new division, McKesson Specialty Health, that seeks to help the IT advancement of community care delivery.
September 13, 2011
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