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 Hospital and Clinics, which has already achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale, has won the 2014 enterprise Davies Award. With the use of its electronic health record, the health system was able to improve workflow and documentation as well as significantly reduce adverse drug events and hospital acquired infections.
December 1, 2014
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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital leaders have launched an initiative to create a single electronic health record platform. The hospital will extend and expand its Allscripts technology throughout its facilities.
December 1, 2014
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Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by athenahealth, which has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud-based network.
November 26, 2014
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The media hype around Ebola may have subsided in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean preparedness is any less essential when it comes to this deadly virus. At RSNA on Dec. 2, imaging professionals will learn about CDC guidelines and other strategies to help manage the right response to Ebola.
November 25, 2014
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With all the talk about patient engagement as a component of both meaningful use and of healthcare quality improvement, it seems to be lacking in one of the most obvious places of all: the hospital room.
November 24, 2014
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As Walgreens' vice president of digital health, Adam Pellegrini and his team have managed to mix wearables, gamification and evidence-based medicine in such a way as to provide a successful, seamless, holistic approach to health for customers.
November 18, 2014
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We often hear about streams of data. Sometimes, the flood can seem like a data deluge. In its new analytics project with EMC Corporation, Partners HealthCare extends the watery metaphor, with a new initiative meant for shared use: the Partners Data Lake.
November 18, 2014
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In tandem with its 10-year interoperability roadmap, ONC has developed a decade-long vision for ensuring health information technology is deployed to "enable robust and continuous quality improvement."
November 17, 2014
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Without good data, patient-centeredness is just a buzzword. And without a patient-centric focus and proper organization, data can be rather useless. That was the message Sunday from Amy Abernethy, MD, who delivered the opening keynote address at the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium.
November 17, 2014
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The Institute of Medicine has issued a new report calling for standardized social and behavioral data to be included in electronic health records. That may be good for population health research, but could be unwelcome news for system developers, and for physicians who already complain that EHRs are burdensome and distract from care delivery.
November 14, 2014
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Two very different healthcare organizations in the Lone Star State -- one a small rural facility, the other a joint venture between for-profits and nonprofits -- have won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, given by the White House for innovation excellence.
November 14, 2014
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Data and collaboration at the local level are at the heart of a $7.5 million challenge for communities to devise novel but scaleable ways of boosting population health and reducing health disparities in low-income neighborhoods.
November 13, 2014
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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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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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The sentinel effect is: The tendency for human performance to improve when participants are aware that their behavior is being evaluated and a useful tool in the context of connected health. In our experience, patients significantly increase their adherence to a variety of healthy behaviors when they know that their physician (or her agent) is watching.
May 30, 2014
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Let's forget about preparing for ICD-10 implementation for a minute. What if healthcare providers focused on improving clinical documentation?
May 27, 2014
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As it is throughout the world, health IT is spreading rapidly across the U.S healthcare system, but the nation's union of nurses says, at the very least, it's time for a check-up.
May 22, 2014
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I just spent three long days covering the open public forum on the FDASIA report. Federal officials, at the end, said they got from the meeting exactly what they were hoping to get: feedback.
May 20, 2014
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While many healthcare organizations continue to remain focused on what happens when patients are physically in the hospital or at a physician's office, today's most successful organizations are taking steps to engage patients before, during and after office visits.
May 9, 2014
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It's no secret that engaging patients in their care is essential to supporting care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and, achieving positive patient outcomes. However, when the patient leaves the hospital, it can be challenging to sustain patient engagement.
April 28, 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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