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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Once the outbreak in West Africa happened and spread to other countries in that region, was it inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S.? And should hospitals across the nation have been preparing?
October 14, 2014
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Stage 2 of meaningful use is supposed to be about interoperability of data, with electronic records flowing securely between sites as needed to help hospitals and doctors provide better care. But the number of attestations to Stage 2 has been anemic, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting true interoperability is a long way off.
October 13, 2014
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Premier healthcare alliance has offered to put its data analytics to use to help the White House fight antibiotic resistant bacteria, which Premier calls an international public health issue.
October 13, 2014
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Arguing that the current up-in-the-air regulatory climate is hindering innovation in health information technology, an array of vendors and industry groups have called on Congress to clarify its plans for patient safety rules.

October 9, 2014
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RTI International has landed a contract with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to develop a roadmap for a national health IT safety center.
October 9, 2014
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Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals -- 2,610 -- for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, federal records released Oct. 1 show. Even though the nation’s readmission rate is dropping, Medicare’s average fines will be higher.
October 9, 2014
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CareFusion, which develops medical devices such as smart pumps and automated medication administration tools, will be acquired by device maker BD for $12.2 billion in cash and stock.
October 7, 2014
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Questions continue to be raised about why travel information was not communicated in treating the nation's first Ebola patient. And, more importantly, how to prevent it from happening again.
October 6, 2014
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When he speaks at Healthcare IT News' Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum next month in Boston, Robert Wachter, MD, will have some provocative things to say about quality and safety -- and the responsibility physicians have to embrace the promise of business and clinical intelligence.
October 3, 2014
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Judy Murphy, RN, director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is the latest in a long drumbeat of departures from the agency. Murphy will leave ONC to become chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Services.
October 3, 2014
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Was the Ebola patient's history tracked and delivered to physicians?
October 3, 2014
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Hill Physicians Medical Group, Dignity Health Medical Foundation and Dignity Health hospitals have launched an accountable care initiative, introducing the Aetna Whole Health product, designed for businesses with employees who live in California's Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Yolo Counties.
October 3, 2014
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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
Blog
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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Data that support medical decision-making and collaboration, dovetailing with new tools in the Affordable Care Act, are spurring the innovation necessary to deliver improved health care for more people at affordable prices.
May 30, 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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