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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In this age of big data, analytics in healthcare has expanded from business intelligence and revenue-cycle management to clinical care.
May 22, 2014
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There is ample evidence that barcode technology for medication has had a significant impact on patient safety. But while most U.S. hospitals have adopted barcode medication administration, experts say there's big room for improvement.
May 21, 2014
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Surescripts, which bills itself as the country's largest health information network, routed more than a billion electronic prescriptions in 2013. In its new report, it names the top 10 e-prescribing states.
May 21, 2014
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When it comes to choosing the right barcode medication administration system, industry experts advise prospective customers to take a close look at what electronic medical record they select.
May 21, 2014
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What the U.S. government really needs now is a federal safety center for health IT, federal officials and health industry attendees at a three-day FDA safety workshop agreed. The sooner the better.
May 20, 2014
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Health system pharmacists are playing a greater role in the decision-making process when it comes to the implementation of electronic health records in both hospital and ambulatory settings.
May 20, 2014
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The Food and Drug Administration, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Federal Communication Commission hosted a workshop this past week where panel members representing the IT and mobile world participated. For the most part, the constituencies endorsed the risk-based regulatory approach proposed in FDA's Safety Innovation Act.
May 19, 2014
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3D printing is set to become a disruptive technology across many sectors, including healthcare – and a money saver too. Employing 3D printing, one medical wearable startup tallied savings of more than $250,000 in one year.
May 19, 2014
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The American National Standards Institute has won a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor for the ONC Health Information Technology Certification Program.
May 15, 2014
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Technologists have worked for years to break down data silos in healthcare. Then, just as it seemed they were starting to figure out interoperability, along comes a flood of mobile health apps that simply don't connect to anything.
May 15, 2014
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Author, consultant and futurist Ian Morrison served up the opening keynote at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit on May 14 in Boston with a large dose of wit. But he delivered a somber message concerning the urgent need for innovation in healthcare.
May 15, 2014
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The promise of mHealth technology is almost limitless. But both inside and outside the hospital, providers are finding the tricky part is figuring out the best and most effective ways to unlock it.
May 14, 2014
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As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, many healthcare executives feel the pressure to quickly roll out solutions and applications to support emerging delivery and payment models, as well as meet the unique needs of diverse end users.
April 30, 2013
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In a world where most folks change jobs every couple of years, people are often amazed to hear that I started work in connected health 19 years ago. Implicit in their amazement is a question, “Why did you stick with it so long?” The quickest response is that the work we started back then is not yet finished.
April 25, 2013
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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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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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he U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, a $5.3 million contract to provide remediation to the VA’s Health Administration Center (HAC) Cache System to address new medical coding standards. This is a two-year contract with three optional tasks.
October 27, 2011
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OSI Systems, Inc., a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that its Healthcare division, Spacelabs Healthcare, has been awarded a three-year contract to provide its complete line of patient monitoring solutions to VHA Inc, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Provista members served by Novation, a leading healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). VHA Inc., UHC, and their jointly owned subsidiary, Provista, represent approximately 5,500 members, who use the GPO’s contracts to procure nearly $40 billion annually.
October 17, 2011
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Ohio State University Medical Center announced today that it is doubling telestroke technology capabilities across their hospital network with REACH Health, Inc. REACH’s telestroke technology allows physicians in smaller hospitals to use live video and on demand patient data to consult with OSU Medical Center neurologists in Columbus for rapid diagnosis and treatment. When a stroke patient arrives at a community hospital an OSU Medical Center stroke neurologist can review patient information, examine and talk with the patient, family members and the local clinicians to help determine the best course of treatment.
October 12, 2011
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GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a unit of GE Healthcare, today announced that Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) has become the newest member of the GE Patient Safety Organization (GE PSO), in an effort to continue their increased emphasis on a culture of patient safety. Established earlier this year, the GE PSO is helping healthcare providers in their efforts to improve patient safety by collecting and analyzing event data, pinpointing causal factors contributing to risk and fostering collaboration within a community to mitigate those risks. The CCHHS joins the GE PSO alongside two community hospitals in the Chicagoland area, 13 Hospitals in Rhode Island, 10 of which are associated with the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, and Nix Hospital in San Antonio, Texas in an effort to pinpoint causal factors of patient safety risk and foster collaboration to mitigate those risks
October 12, 2011
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According to the results of SuccessEHS's 2010–2011 Implementation and Customer Support surveys, 94 percent of new clients gave the company's Electronic Health Record (EHR) high marks for quality; in fact, 93 percent of these respondents went on to say that they would recommend the product to others.
October 11, 2011
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Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, will showcase its newest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of busy medical practices next month at the 2011 Medica International Trade Fair and Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany. Designed to swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), the new platform-based devices will be on display in hall 9, booth E15.
October 10, 2011
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Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, will showcase its newest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of busy medical practices today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) AsiaPac Conference and Leadership Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Designed to swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), the new platform-based Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System (IWS) and Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System will be on display at booth 410.
September 20, 2011
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Changes in the healthcare industry, such as consolidations, nursing and IT staff shortages, and increasingly detailed regulatory compliance needs, are requiring healthcare HR leaders to evolve their employee development and management strategies. A new white paper from Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), “Talent Management for Healthcare: Facilitating Organizational Excellence and Outstanding Patient Care,” shares how leveraging talent management software, combined with the right strategies, can help healthcare providers better meet compliance requirements, address skill gaps, streamline processes and improve the quality of patient care.
September 13, 2011
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The National Priorities Partnership (NPP) submitted a report to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to HHS’s request for input on specific goals and measures for each of the six National Quality Strategy (NQS) priorities. The report also lays out a series of highest-value strategic opportunities that can accelerate achievement of three NQS aims. Taken in totality, the report offers opportunities that will require action at many levels and strong public-private partnerships to encourage adoption of shared goals and engender shared accountabili ty for making progress.
September 8, 2011
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In a article published in the August issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), Dr. Bryan A. Liang, Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Health Law & Executive Director, Institute of Health Law Studies (IHLS), California Western School of Law (CWSL); and Mr. Tim Mackey, Senior Research Associate at IHLS and PhD Student in the Global Health Program at University of California, San Diego – San Diego State University, assess the global public health and patient safety implications of unregulated social media Direct-to-Consumer Advertising using web 2.0 (eDTCA 2.0) by online pharmacies and pharmaceutical corporations.
September 7, 2011
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Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, in partnership with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), has launched a secure email service that enables health care providers to exchange health information electronically with other providers.
August 31, 2011
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