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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MHMD, the physician network of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, is implementing a new patient-centered medical program that will rely on IT, including its HIE, to keep providers up-to-date on patients' conditions.
July 28, 2011
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Lifestyle-based analytics may be an "emerging" predictive health model, but experts note that it's "simply taking data that we already have at our fingertips" and analyzing it in ways that weren't possible before.
July 28, 2011
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HealthSouth Corporation, a publicly traded company focused solely on inpatient rehabilitative care, plans to digitize care processes across the company's 97 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 26 states. HealthSouth tapped Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner to get the job done.
July 28, 2011
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Given the significant financial and reputational costs that result from security breaches, healthcare providers must understand the importance of expanding and enhancing employee data security training before a breach event occurs, said Brian Lapidus, COO of the Fraud Solutions division of Kroll, a New York City-based risk mitigation company.
July 28, 2011
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EMR and mobile medical app companies have little to fear concerning the guidelines put out by the FDA, according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information.
July 28, 2011
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Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare may be important keys to improving the public health system's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
July 28, 2011
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A new report from the UnitedHealth Group indicates rural Americans will face an increasing need for healthcare and more challenges in accessing it, and recommends telehealth and telemedicine technology as a possible solution.
July 27, 2011
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If you are a woman, between the ages of 25–44, non-Hispanic white, employed, college educated, have an income at or above 300 percent of the federal poverty level and have private health insurance, you are more likely to use the Internet to search for health information, according to a recent survey.
July 26, 2011
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The American Medical Association and 91 state and specialty medical societies have submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing concern over the proposed changes to the electronic prescribing penalty program.
July 26, 2011
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The Commonwealth Fund has announced an update to its website, WhyNotTheBest.org. The site, which compares hospitals for quality of care, will now include data on the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections and hospital quality data at the county level.
July 26, 2011
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Rumors about electronic medical records continue to persist, but one vendor is trying to separate the myths from the facts.
July 26, 2011
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The FDA's draft guidelines on the regulation of mobile medical apps are drawing comments from all corners of the industry – with many expecting a continuing and robust debate.
July 26, 2011
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