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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Behavioral health and long-term post-acute care are perhaps the two most significant areas left out of the meaningful use program.
March 12, 2014
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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, says the integrated delivery network's pioneering population health programs depend on insightful use of data to drive behavior change. That means the behavior of patients, providers and payers alike.
March 11, 2014
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One of the nation's largest healthcare insurance providers today announced it was going forward with an accountable care deal that would deliver higher quality care to some 28,000 people.
March 11, 2014
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Steven M. Schiff, MD, a physician and CMIO, writes about how technology has changed how he relates to his patients. Clinical information used to be the exclusive province of the select few, but that is no longer the case, and Schiff sees it as a change that is beneficial to both patient and doctor.
March 11, 2014
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The largest retail clinic in the country will roll out the most popular commercial EMR system throughout all its clinics. MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark will switch to the Epic electronic medical record system called EpicCare.
March 10, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is off to a slow start.
March 10, 2014
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The Army is planning to upgrade its electronic medical record system to ensure soldiers wounded on the battlefield will have detailed permanent accounts of the scenario and treatment received.
March 6, 2014
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It's the rare hospital C-suite executive who doesn't worry about the federally-mandated financial penalties that can result from not reining in avoidable 30-day readmissions. Several companies have recently developed analytics technology to help counter this costly problem.
March 5, 2014
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Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation that it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs. According to a recent report, however, not all outcomes have been positive, particularly with regard to efficiency.
March 5, 2014
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Ohio State University's 263 clinics have achieved Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which represents the top level of EMR use.
March 5, 2014
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The top executive of the country's premier healthcare quality organization is resigning from the boards of two healthcare companies amid questions about the ethics of the relationships.
March 5, 2014
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From a high-tech command center at Miami Children's Hospital, doctors can diagnose and treat patients in a small Peruvian village, a mall in the Ukraine or a cruise ship sailing the Atlantic, among many distant and diverse locations.
March 4, 2014
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, the ACP Council of Associates, and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism spent eighteen months developing a policy statement on online medical professionalism.
April 19, 2013
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Many reporters have contacted me for an IT perspective on the April 15 bombings in Boston. Within moments of the event, social media became the preferred mechanism for communication and coordination.
April 17, 2013
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I'm quoted in the current issue of Medical Economics, on the subject of the Medicare PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System. I'm not a big fan of PQRS, since it rewards reporting of process measures, not outcomes, and the amounts at stake have not been enough to move most docs to bother.
April 11, 2013
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I keep hearing that "There's no standards for that," or that "There's too many optional features in that data element." Sometimes these pronouncements come from people who should know better, and other times, it simply comes from folks who don't know that there are other places to look.
April 2, 2013
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Imagine checking Facebook to identify the quality of care provided at your hospital or to assess patient satisfaction with the experience.
March 20, 2013
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One of the things I like about HIMSS is connecting with people and events that I only get to see once each year. It's like the friend's child you see infrequently; growth and change is so much more obvious.
March 12, 2013
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As I watch healthcare providers in our integrated delivery system deal with the challenges of payment reform and accountable care, I am more optimistic than dismayed.
February 27, 2013
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In my last article, I told you about an experience my colleagues and I encountered on a business trip in Thailand. My friend needed new contacts, and didn't have a chance to get them before he left DC. Since we were meeting in Bumrungrad, one of the leading medical tourism hospitals in the world, he decided to put them to the test.
February 18, 2013
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Improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare is a national priority. While clinical quality measures have been around for some time, they are now taking center stage through federal, state and commercial quality/pay for performance (P4P) initiatives.
February 13, 2013
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We’re spending a lot of time at the Center for Connected Health (CCH) these days thinking about and experimenting with algorithms. It’s part of our general interest in micro-segmenting the population and creating unique, engaging health messaging for each individual that will keep them on the path to better health.
February 12, 2013
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LOL and gag me with a spoon. I just read a Fortune article called, “Teaching IBM’s Watson the meaning of OMG” and I had a pretty good chuckle. The article discusses how the “final frontier” in machine intelligence is teaching computers not just words, but the subtle differences in meaning that make language rich, powerful and specific.
January 22, 2013
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Yesterday I talked about where I'd been last year. Today I'm going to cover where I think things are headed in the U.S. (at least for me).
December 20, 2012
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Welvie announced today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected the company as one of the organizations that have been awarded a Health Care Innovation Challenge grant.
July 19, 2012
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Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners have announced a new accountable care agreement that will improve the quality and cost of patient care, helping members and plan sponsors save money.
July 19, 2012
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Vitera Healthcare Solutions, one of the nation's largest providers of electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management software and services, today announced that Southaven Internal Medicine of Southaven, Mississippi, is the first practice in the United States to successfully submit the 2011 reporting period of Physician Quality Reporting Systems (PQRS) measures.
March 8, 2012
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Houston to discuss how hospitals and health care providers are finding innovative ways to improve patient care.
March 8, 2012
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University Health System, the lead trauma center for South Texas, will use Allscripts Community Record, powered by dbMotion, to share patient data with its facilities and the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center San Antonio. The Allscripts solution will help provide a single patient record for the many physicians and patients who use both facilities.
March 8, 2012
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Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that North Shore-LIJ Health System has selected ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, as its electronic order set solution.
January 4, 2012
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DR Systems, the leading independent provider of medical imaging and information systems, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued to the company a new patent, which relates to tracking portions of medical images that are displayed according to particular display parameters, such as at a particular resolution.
January 3, 2012
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3.3 million serious work-related injuries and 4,300 fatalities occurred in U.S. workplaces in 2009, the year for which the most recent data is available. A new report by insurance broker Lockton Companies offers ten tips to help healthcare organizations reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries.
November 4, 2011
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Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Houston Healthcare has selected ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, as the electronic order set solution at Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital.
November 2, 2011
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PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced the introduction of the new NexION® Enhanced Security™ (ES) Software, to streamline regulatory compliance by pharmaceutical companies. The ES Software platform was developed for users of PerkinElmer’s NexION 300 ICP-MS system.
October 31, 2011
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Essence Group Holdings Corporation (EGHC) today announced that BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, managed by Sandbox Industries, has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Camden Partners in a private investment in Essence.
October 27, 2011
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Boston Scientific Corporation introduces its CardioTeach iPad app, an industry-first, free educational resource to help healthcare professionals better educate patients and caregivers about therapy options related to cardiovascular and peripheral diseases, specifically atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and peripheral vascular disease.
October 27, 2011
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