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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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which has already achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale, will pick up its 2014 enterprise Davies Award at HIMSS15 this April. How did they do it? We ask their leaders.
February 10, 2015
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The work that lies ahead for healthcare IT professionals will require more than managing technology. The very culture in which care will be delivered is changing, and the rate of change will not slow down any time soon.
February 9, 2015
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It looks like the stars could at last be aligned for ICD-10. After years of angst and multiple delays, a new government report indicates that CMS has done the necessary testing to move forward.
February 9, 2015
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HIMSS15 briefings will help health IT professionals prepare disaster survival plans.
February 9, 2015
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Increased adoption of electronic health records is helping pharmacists who work for payers and pharmacy benefit management companies improve outcomes, thanks to access to high-quality clinical data.
February 6, 2015
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The American Medical Association has partnered with MATTER, a health technology incubator, setting up a "physical and virtual infrastructure" where physicians and entrepreneurs can innovate new models of care.
February 5, 2015
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By pooling their data and analytics capabilities, supply chain management firm VHA and academic medical center alliance UHC will help drive "unparalleled insight into improving the quality and total cost of care."
February 4, 2015
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Charging ahead on patient engagement projects without a strategic plan, or falling in love with a specific piece of technology? That's almost a surefire recipe for failure.
February 2, 2015
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Every year, Healthcare IT News pays tribute to nine leaders and trailblazers who are advancing health technology through their dedication and vision. It's time to nominate the 2015 H.I.T. Men & Women.
January 29, 2015
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The uptake of healthcare information technology, especially EHRs, has been rapid, but how to measure the value?
January 28, 2015
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Real patient engagement is far more than patient portals and technology pushing. It's about changing behavior, both on the patient and provider end. That's not something all doctors do well.
January 28, 2015
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Patient engagement may be considered by many to be the "blockbuster drug of the 21st century," but convincing patients to take more responsibility for their own care is easier said that done -- but not impossible.
January 27, 2015
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Barcodes, in the healthcare environment, are a patient’s voice. They identify, communicate and connect the patient accurately with his or her records from the moment care begins. Whether it’s at check-in, at the bedside or in the lab, barcodes help protect patients’ safety and reduce medical errors – which can cost your organization millions of dollars. This white paper that discusses how barcodes can be the patient’s voice – and save your organization from costly errors – during patient identification procedures, medication administration at the bedside, as well as in the lab during specimen collection and tracking.
November 1, 2012
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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As more and more hospitals work to incorporate smartphones into their communication network, they have learned important lessons that can help other facilities make a smooth transition. At the end of the day, the goal is to get the right message, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time.
September 4, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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Based on interviews from physicians, academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, this paper details five strategic imperatives for anyone in the health care industry who wants their organization to face the future from a position of strength.
July 2, 2012
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This white paper discusses how using analytics can provide insights into improving relationships between physicians and patients as well as improving patient adherence to medication therapy. This paper also offers five best practices to engage patients as active members of the care team.
July 2, 2012
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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced in February 2012 that nearly 2,000 hospitals received incentive payments under the CMMS’ <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> Incentive Programs. In addition, 85 percent of hospitals now report that by 2015 they intend to take advantage of the incentive payments. With the competitive inpatient market moving toward critical mass, many hospitals face the challenge of meeting Stage 1 MU criteria. Forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are approaching patient education beyond checking a box on their way to qualifying for incentive payments. Learn how Ochsner Health System now provides consistent patient education materials based on evidence-based medicine to its clinicians across its seven hospitals and 40 clinics.
March 22, 2012
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Patient engagement. Population health management. Shared savings. Incentive alignment. Every tweet or article about accountable care is filled with buzzwords like these, but what do they really mean? How can they move patients, providers and payers toward more efficient, effective and sustainable care models?
August 14, 2014
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The internal benchmarking typically used to evaluate health system performance is no longer sufficient to meet government mandates, ensure timely reimbursements and avoid financial penalties. "Comparative analytics" will be required to meet these new challenges.
August 11, 2014
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The internal benchmarking typically used to evaluate health system performance is no longer sufficient to meet government mandates, ensure timely reimbursements and avoid financial penalties. "Comparative analytics" will be required to meet these new challenges.
August 11, 2014
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The internal benchmarking typically used to evaluate health system performance is no longer sufficient to meet government mandates, ensure timely reimbursements and avoid financial penalties. "Comparative analytics" will be required to meet these new challenges.
August 11, 2014
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Traditionally, the introduction of new technologies into health care has been assumed by knee-jerk reaction to add costs. Yet, the Center for Connected Health has accumulated evidence to the contrary. Joseph C. Kvedar, MD presents two stories to demonstrate this.
July 30, 2014
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We have the nation's Most Wired Hospitals, and we also have America's Most Beautiful Hospitals. We also have national ranking system for hospitals based on their patient engagement efforts. It's time, I think, to look at the nation's hospitals and their wireless capabilities.
July 18, 2014
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Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency.
July 1, 2014
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John Halamka, MD recently found out that interoperability becomes much more real when you watch your own family members experience it.
July 1, 2014
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Imaging is an increasingly important quality indicator, both for healthcare organizations and individual providers. As narrow networks take hold, however, they will fundamentally change the economics for both hospitals and ambulatory facilities that have and focus on image intensive specialties.
July 1, 2014
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Over the last few weeks, access to VA healthcare for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement EHR system.
June 10, 2014
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It's easy to categorize providers as divided into two camps, one embracing the use of the internet for medical interactions and the other, well, not so enthusiastic.
June 5, 2014
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With value-based care as the cornerstone for future care delivery, providers who can meet the interoperability needs across the healthcare continuum will stay one step ahead of the competition.
June 2, 2014
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For the seventh year in a row, Hill Physicians earned the highest rating possible from the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) in the Standards of Excellence Survey for integrated care.
May 21, 2013
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Solution will help to deliver coordinated and integrated care, improving efficiency and patient outcomes
May 20, 2013
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In a move that could help accelerate the transformation of U.S. health care around evidence-based medicine, Deloitte and Intermountain Healthcare are announcing a landmark alliance around big data and analytics.
February 28, 2013
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The Joint Commission today released a free monograph, "Improving Patient and Worker Safety: Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation," to draw attention to the need to create a culture that focuses on both the safety of patients and the health care workers who care for them.
November 21, 2012
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CareFusion and Cerner today announced the implementation of interconnected systems that share data for enhanced medication management at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a leading U.S. teaching and research hospital and designated Magnet institution.
October 4, 2012
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ConnectVirginia, the Commonwealth’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), is in the process of on boarding Inova, Northern Virginia’s largest health care system, as its first EXCHANGE partner.
October 4, 2012
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The State of Ohio has begun work with TransforMED to transform 50 primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). TransforMED is a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a national leader in medical home transformation.
October 4, 2012
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UnitedHealthcare has provided $20 million in financing to help 11 Critical Access Hospitals in rural communities throughout California improve health information technology (IT) systems, including the adoption of electronic health records.
October 3, 2012
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Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a three-year, $7.9 million contract from Scottsdale Health Partners (SHP), a newly created joint venture between Scottsdale Healthcare and Scottsdale Physician Organization, to implement its Clinical Integration Solution. The Harris solution will help SHP intensify its focus on care quality, safety, efficiency, cost reduction and patient experience while preparing for a healthcare environment dominated by population health management, accountable care and payment-for-value rather than volume.
October 3, 2012
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Scripps Health announced today that it has been awarded a $3.75 million grant from the Qualcomm Foundation, to be used for the Scripps Translational Science Institute, which was established by Scripps Health in collaboration with various parties to support the development of breakthrough digital technologies designed to revolutionize the practice of medicine.
October 3, 2012
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In the year since the first NYeC gala, there have been revolutionary advancements in health IT throughout New York and across the nation. On Monday, October 15th, five champions of health IT will be highlighted at the second gala and award ceremony.
September 28, 2012
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Sandlot Solutions, a leading healthcare information technology company, recently released The New Model of Health Information Exchanges: Using Data and Analytics to Improve Health Care Delivery, an industry report highlighting the evolution of health information exchange (HIE) and how advancements such as digital envelope technology drive new functionalities and capabilities. Fourth-generation HIEs extend beyond the simple exchange of patient records to the meaningful use of data for the delivery and coordination of care at the individual and community levels.
September 27, 2012
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