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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To provide the infrastructure for a future emergency department and the transition to a McKesson electronic health record system, Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla., is poised to roll out a new high performance, end-to-end data center network.
August 14, 2014
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The West African Ebola outbreak -- already the largest, longest-lasting such contagion yet -- continues to worsen. While the World Health Organization will be essential to stop it, one online database was the first to see it start.
August 12, 2014
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Even as it led to a delay of ICD-10, another component in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act could go a long way toward accelerating the development and access routes of new diagnostic tests.
August 12, 2014
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El Camino Hospital, known for its advanced use of health information technology, is using wireless technology to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers for patients. Pressure ulcers -- often called bedsores -- have been one of the most elusive problems hospitals across the nation are attempting to solve.
August 11, 2014
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By mining state Medicaid data and utilizing a population health platform, the Wyoming Department of Health was able to slash its Medicaid-related emergency room visits by 20 percent in a one-year period.
August 8, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule this week updating Medicare payment policies and rates for patient stays at acute care and long-term care hospitals. As part of its efforts to improve patient care, the rule made several changes to quality reporting programs that rely on electronic health records.
August 8, 2014
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In a project that could be a boon for ALS patients, and potentially others with neurodegenerative conditions, Philips and Accenture have developed proof-of-concept technology that enables users to control devices using brainwaves.
August 6, 2014
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Premier Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based TheraDoc, a Hospira subsidiary that develops clinical surveillance technology, for $117 million in cash.
August 5, 2014
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Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins are joining forces to share information and look for better ways to put electronic health records to work toward better care.
August 4, 2014
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Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?
July 30, 2014
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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down next summer.
July 29, 2014
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Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.
July 29, 2014
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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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Computer technology has become a vital component of patient care in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, but has it also introduced new threats to those patients? Research indicates that computer keyboards can act as reservoirs for microorganisms and bacteria that can be cross-transmitted via the hands of healthcare providers. This free white paper examines the risks associated with these bacterial conditions in keyboards and how they can be overcome.
March 1, 2012
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More often than not, health IT advocates get excited about the myriad ways technology could be used to help doctors do a better job of providing care. But what about using IT to help doctors go back to being doctors, period?
April 14, 2014
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Is it safe and effective care for providers to evaluate and prescribe for patients that they've never met face-to-face?
April 11, 2014
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One way of summing up the past decade in healthcare might be to say that IT is finally aiming to catch up with the remarkable strides medical science has made over the past generation.
April 9, 2014
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In 2013, Kaiser Permanente conducted 10.5 million patient-doctor visits via e-mail, telephone or video tools, and in a new report the organization discusses some of the ways those visits took place.
March 24, 2014
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Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.
March 24, 2014
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A new study by the Rand Corporation indicates that, perhaps not surprisingly, many doctors are not quite as enamored of new health IT as advocates would like.
March 7, 2014
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Two recent studies have found that doctors know very little about cost. But that same research has also confirmed that, contrary to the popular narrative, doctors actually do care about cost.
February 20, 2014
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2014 represents a transformative year for healthcare in the United States. Exciting innovations are making a significant impact on the industry, and I am hopeful that we will see a transformation across the industry to more consumer-centric and value-driven healthcare.
January 14, 2014
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There are days when I feel like an outsider to the ePatient movement. An alien looking in. I may show up in a list of ePatients somewhere, but I'm not really a patient, because I get paid to work in healthcare.
December 30, 2013
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A major challenge healthcare organizations face is choosing health information technology solutions that place clinical value, care coordination and patient outcomes first.
December 6, 2013
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Social technologies are quickly finding their way into care and coordination processes across the entire continuum of health and wellness activities.
December 4, 2013
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Here are five ways to find inspiration for healthcare innovation from other industries. These approaches may inspire you to adopt new knowledge, and think differently.
November 25, 2013
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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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