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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Leaders of the Campaign for Better Care (CBC), a broad-based coalition of consumer organizations, said they will comment on the proposed ACO rule on Monday, commending the federal government for putting patients first.
June 6, 2011
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ICF International, which provides consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded a new contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the Chief Information Officer.
June 6, 2011
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CSC announced the launch of its Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices Monday with the mission of monitoring worldwide trends, conducting regional and multi-country studies, and evaluating emerging operational practices and technologies such as telemedicine that have the potential to improve performance of healthcare industries around the world.
June 6, 2011
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intends to allow certain organizations access to Medicare claims data to produce public reports for consumers and employers. The intent is to provide a more accurate snapshot of the performance of physicians and hospitals.
June 6, 2011
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No matter what happens politically or in policy circles, "seismic shifts" are going to occur in healthcare, and IT needs to be a major part of reshaping the landscape, according to H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
June 3, 2011
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The Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project has launched a Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT. The Task Force, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, now co-leaders of the Health Project, includes 24 health system experts and leaders.
June 3, 2011
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The cost, physician practice size, and lack of technical resources still present barriers for small healthcare providers in adopting electronic health records and participating in the meaningful use incentive program.
June 3, 2011
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After decades of fits and starts, electronic health records adoption is becoming reality, thanks in no small part to the federal incentive program for "meaningful use" of EHRs. But the health IT industry still has plenty of room to evolve.
June 2, 2011
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Ten start-ups have been chosen as part of a development and mentoring program that aims at developing next-generation mobile applications for the healthcare industry.
June 2, 2011
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The National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) has recently launched a new IMS MAXIMS solution for its patient records system.
June 2, 2011
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James L. Madara, MD, former CEO at the University of Chicago Medical Center, will take the helm at the American Medical Association beginning July 1.
June 2, 2011
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Sometimes what may seem like a small expense – $3,700 – can make all the difference to patients in need of care, but with no insurance or means to get it.
June 2, 2011
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