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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On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections.
July 23, 2014
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When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes.
July 22, 2014
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Hospitals participating in Independence Blue Cross' accountable care contracts are reducing costs, improving care and earning incentives, according to the Philadelphia-based insurer.
July 22, 2014
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Patient advocate and researcher Jessie Gruman died July 14 at the age of 60, after living with cancer for the better part of her life and turning her struggle into frameworks for progress. In 1992, Gruman helped launch and lead the Center for Advancing Health to help improve the healthcare system after two decades navigating modern medicine herself.
July 21, 2014
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It's a chilling reality -- one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. -- third only to heart disease and cancer -- claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Congressional hearing July 17, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions.
July 18, 2014
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Geisinger Health System announced a new initiative this week that will offer patients access to advanced cancer treatment protocols and clinical trials. By partnering with Hamburg, Germany-based Indivumed, the health system has set its sights on the "next generation" of oncology, according to President and CEO Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD.
July 17, 2014
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When it comes to preventing adverse drug events, some suggest that traditional evidence-based prescribing must be enhanced with "person-based" approach rooted in specific data. One Web-based technology may help do that.
July 17, 2014
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For the first time, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., claimed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report's annual list of top hospitals, edging out Massachusetts General. Johns Hopkins Hospital, which in 2012 lost a 21-year first-place ranking, came in at No. 3.
July 15, 2014
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The College of American Pathologists, along with the Association of Pathology Chairs and the Association for Pathology Informatics, has launched a new graduate medical education curriculum for clinical informatics.
July 11, 2014
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The EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, plans to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
July 8, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not routinely get involved in telling hospitals how to run operations, but with increasing reports of EHR deployment problems, the Atlanta-based operation now sees the need to act.
July 8, 2014
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The computerized physician order entry market will grow at 6.5 percent over five years, from $938.4 million in 2013 to more than $1.2 billion in 2018, according to a new report from research firm MicroMarket Monitor.
July 7, 2014
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Care coordination requires a mix of advanced, integrated solutions; including EHRs, automated prescription and lab ordering tools, online documentation and billing processes and clinical decision support technologies working in harmony to share information throughout the enterprise.
November 18, 2013
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Earlier this week I spoke at Atlanta Healthcare IT Leadership Summit on ACOs and what I call “accountable tech."
November 15, 2013
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Healthcare cloud security goes beyond protecting sensitive personal information to ensuring the availability of critical medical data that can be the difference between life or death.
November 14, 2013
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By taking a comprehensive and integrated approach to self-service, hospitals can not only enhance the patient experience and build patient loyalty, but also improve their organization's efficiency and bottom line at the same time.
October 31, 2013
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At a recent meeting I attended of healthcare executives and industry vendors, the topic of online reviews came up. Almost immediately, there was an audible collective groan.
October 30, 2013
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As talks continue about big data and how to aggregate and share it electronically, we need to keep our ultimate goal in sight – giving providers the information required to better manage the health of the individual patient, in real time at the point of care.
October 10, 2013
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The term “patient engagement” returns 565,000 Google search results in less than four-tenths of a second. In contrast, the term “physician engagement” returns roughly one tenth of the total number of results and most are related to hospital or healthcare management practices.
September 26, 2013
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National Health IT Week is being celebrated all week. As we start to look into the future, it’s clear that healthcare IT will play a major role in the U.S. economy.
September 19, 2013
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In the world of modern medicine, it takes approximately seventeen years of original clinical research to be integrated into the day-to-day practice of medicine.
July 30, 2013
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I have been following the news about the National Security Agency (NSA) access to our phone records with great interest. If we as a society don’t sort some of this out, we’ll see a repeat in the health sector a few years from now.
June 26, 2013
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There is no doubt that social media has fundamentally changed the patient to patient and patient to provider communications relationship for the healthcare industry.
June 24, 2013
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@KevinMD has a great new book that is designed as a guide for physicians to establish, manage and protect their online reputations. However, I believe it has value to other clinicians and even administrators who want to do the same or at least understand why physicians need to have online visibility.
June 4, 2013
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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
Press Release
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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