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 Norman Rockwell's "Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer," a white-haired man in a tailored gray suit sits on the edge of bed and is engaged attentively with his patient. That physician made house calls and had the time to teach a young patient how to take a temperature. But, that was then. The reality is that Rockwell's physician actually spent more time providing care than documenting it.
March 3, 2014
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The Care Connectivity Consortium, which links five powerhouse providers in a nationwide data exchange collaborative, added a sixth member earlier this week at HIMSS14.
February 28, 2014
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Leaders from 33 digital health companies in New York are calling on the legislature to fund the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, just as the organization's connecting HIEs and information systems are starting to build a critical mass.
February 28, 2014
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Black Book Rankings has unveiled its top-ranked EHRs for 2014, scoring vendors across six different client experience categories.
February 28, 2014
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Speaking at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition Feb. 26, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not disappoint.
February 27, 2014
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Ubiquitous consumer engagement is a distant point on the horizon, but the U.S. healthcare system can get there, if we plot a proper course.
February 25, 2014
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HIMSS Analytics launched its Continuity of Care Maturity Model Tuesday morning at HIMSS14. The seven-stage global model tracks the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others.
February 25, 2014
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American war veterans and reservists commit suicide every day in the United States as a result of mental health damage sustained in deployment. A fledgling program is aiming to help those veterans heal and into health IT careers.
February 24, 2014
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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has pledged to invest more than $1.3 million in four initiatives designed to expand the use of telemedicine to treat patients with behavioral healthcare needs in underserved urban and rural areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
February 21, 2014
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Envisioning a future when healthcare is data-driven in a big way, Deloitte Consulting has launched a new business unit and is investing between $150 million to $200 million in life sciences and healthcare analytics and launching ConvergeHEALTH, a new business unit to give the work of transformation momentum.
February 20, 2014
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In a bid to bring more "timely, accurate data" into electronic health records, integration specialists Iatric Systems and diagnostic device maker Welch Allyn are partnering to automate the delivery of vital signs directly to a patient's EHR.
February 19, 2014
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Onsite Occupational Health and Safety has tapped UPMC to provide second opinions and medical consultations in Afghanistan via telemedicine services.
February 19, 2014
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I'm often asked if the use of EHRs diminish clinician-patient interactions in the exam room.
November 21, 2012
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Did I get your attention? In recent weeks, Nobel Prizes have been awarded in the categories of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences. While there isn’t yet one designated for healthcare IT, the ideas behind many of the winners’ groundbreaking theories will likely impact healthcare and technology at some point.
October 19, 2012
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The seasons have changed and that signals the intense, final preparations for this year’s Connected Health Symposium.
October 16, 2012
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I don’t mean to sound jaded, but I think I’m suffering from healthcare IT contest fatigue, which, come to think of it, isn’t all that bad of an affliction.
October 12, 2012
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Tuning into the live webcast of the ONC’s Consumer Health IT Summit earlier today, I had the pleasure of hearing how Vietnam veteran Randy Watson has used the VA’s Blue Button technology to better enable his healthcare.
September 10, 2012
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One of the concepts that is occupying my mind is that of automated care. Lately I’ve been thinking about it more and more. The burden of chronic illness continues to rise and the size of the provider work force is not keeping up. This manifests as overworked, unhappy providers, particularly in primary care.
September 5, 2012
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To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, HIMSS Oregon and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, September 10-14, 2012.
August 9, 2012
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At the weekly healthcare and social media tweet chat (#HITsm), hosted by HL7 Standards, participants discussed four previously posed questions, exploring the practical use of social media in the healthcare space. Here is a roundup of the best responses.
July 6, 2012
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Sometimes healthcare hits close to home, and by that I mean it reaches out from behind the computer screens and conference podiums I sit so often in front of and grabs me by the shoulders, shaking me out of my blogging bubble with the message that this state of care we’re all living in needs to get better, quickly.
May 18, 2012
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In this post, I want to use obesity as an illustration of how personalized prevention might practically work.
April 24, 2012
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You want irony? Try this: the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that we women are the ones who make the health care choices for the kids in 8 out of 10 families. Yet women are far and away the minority gender in the world of health IT leaders. While this is by no means the definitive list, I’ve done some research on the women who ARE making their mark in HIT.
February 21, 2012
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With Meaningful Use requirements, connecting to Health Information Exchanges, coordinating data flow in Accountable Care Organizations, updating devices to ICD-10 codes and general interoperability projects, there is a tremendous amount of work going on in Health IT.
February 1, 2012
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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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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems announced today that Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital (MJMH) has selected NextGen(R) Inpatient Clinicals and NextGen(R) Inpatient Financials as key components of its transition to an automated healthcare information technology platform.
August 23, 2011
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