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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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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Innovative tools and data that federal health agencies have released to the public can help healthcare providers meet meaningful use of electronic health records, says Todd Park, chief technology officer for the Department of Heath and Human Services. Speaking to an audience at the Government Health IT Conference on June 15, Park offered several examples.
June 17, 2011
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Natural disasters are hitting the U.S. and abroad more often, it seems. In an attempt to connect after disasters hit, family, friends, rescuers, relief agencies, healthcare workers and others have turned to social media – which one expert says is the right tool for the job.
June 16, 2011
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Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Chief Information Officer for the past two and a half years, will be stepping down from his role to serve a joint fellowship at Harvard University this fall.
June 16, 2011
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Tucson Medical Center in Arizona is being honored by HIMSS Analytics for achieving Stage 7, the highest level on its EMR Adoption Model.
June 16, 2011
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