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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Interoperability has been part of the healthcare lexicon for at least a couple of decades. Today, however, true interoperability does not seem to be happening at the scale nor the speed the industry needs.
April 29, 2015
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With $9.75 million in hand from gifts and matching funds, Duke University is launching an initiative focused on harnessing vast amounts of data to tackle society's biggest challenges. Healthcare is chief among them.
April 29, 2015
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Mount Sinai Health System -- with its seven hospital campuses, medical school and extensive ambulatory care network -- is building a new referral system for its care providers.
April 28, 2015
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As Phoenix Children's Hospital deployed a single EMR across more than 70 subspecialties, administrators understood that physician acceptance was critical to success: providing doctors with an easy-to-use clinical documentation tool was a top priority.
April 27, 2015
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As part of a new clinical trial, physicians in New York City are seeing whether they can perform complex ultrasounds on patients in Chicago via a new telemedicine platform.
April 27, 2015
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In a new white paper by the Samsung Innovation Center at Children's Health Fund, researchers examine how technology could help improve the health of children in poverty across the country.
April 24, 2015
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For providers considering how to assemble a viable accountable care organization, experts say the key is to first have a strong care coordination system in place.
April 24, 2015
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At first glance, patient satisfaction surveys that are linked to hospital Medicare payments may seem great in theory. But tying hospital payments to subjective patient experience metrics may actually result in serious harm by diverting attention away from clinical outcomes.
April 23, 2015
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will disburse $120 million to fund 34 patient-centered clinical comparative and clinical effectiveness research on a range of conditions and patient populations.
April 23, 2015
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With a meaningful use requirement for healthcare organizations to drive at least 5 percent of their patients to an online portal, KLAS finds that three vendors have more than 20 percent of their customers' patients accessing the portal, far surpassing the requisite.
April 23, 2015
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Mount Sinai Health System has selected Cambridge, Mass.-based InterSystems' HealthShare as its interoperability platform for long-term growth.
April 22, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced its star ratings last week for more than 3,500 hospitals, enabling consumers to compare hospitals before making a choice. Find out who's tops here.
April 21, 2015
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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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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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Everyone knows about social media, but what's harder to "know" is what it can do for you, and in this regard healthcare organizations are no different than the rest of the world.
April 22, 2014
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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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As part of the continuing effort to provide world-class health care closer to where more Veterans live, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to open 13 new community-based outpatient clinics in nine states.
July 19, 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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