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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Telemedicine, the exchange of medical information between sites via electronic communications, is being used not only by ICUs but also by other hospital departments, home health agencies and private doctors' offices. But skeptics suggest that small ICUs might be able to improve care with less expensive measures.
February 12, 2014
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With an eye on reducing hospital readmissions and boosting patient care coordination, Partners HealthCare at Home, a division of Partner's HealthCare in Boston, is rolling out new remote monitoring technology.
February 11, 2014
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For a physician practice or a hospital to improve patient outcomes, they must effectively measure the quality of care they provide -- and use that measurement to effect the changes necessary to improve it. But that's sometimes easier said than done.
February 7, 2014
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AT&T has tapped noted heart surgeon, geneticist and author Eric Topol, MD, as its chief medical advisor. Topol is expected to impact the design, development and delivery of AT&T's healthcare IT solutions, executives say.
February 6, 2014
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Ozarks Medical Center in Missouri and Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona are just two hospitals in 25 states across the country that will receive federal funding for telemedicine projects. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $16 million in USDA grants would be disbursed for distant learning and telemedicine services.
February 5, 2014
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Blackford Middleton, MD, first came across the term "clinical decision support" in 1983. Today, Middleton continues his decades-long work on CDS and hoping the federal meaningful use program can help make clinical decision support systems more accessible, intelligent and interoperable.
February 3, 2014
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A panel convened by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and Prescriptions for a Healthy America is urging health IT policymakers to sharpen their focus on medication adherence.
February 3, 2014
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Hard numbers for return on investment in health IT aren't always measurable, at least in a direct way. Instead, healthcare organizations need to look at both "hard" and "soft" savings when considering a system's ROI.
January 31, 2014
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More healthcare organizations are moving forward with health information exchange initiatives, with one national exchange network reporting record participation numbers today.
January 30, 2014
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Seven New York City health systems have been awarded $7 million in efforts to spur data sharing initiatives and more effective patient recruitment for clinical trials.
January 29, 2014
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An IT network failure at a Florida health system put the organization's $80 million Epic electronic medical record system down for the count this past week. The outage, officials reported, lasted nearly two days.
January 28, 2014
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With help from a $5.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will explore ways to put IT and patient engagement to work eliminating preventable harm in the ICU.
January 27, 2014
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The phrase “Technology Saves Lives” seems pretty straightforward when you first read it. “Well, yes,” you might say. “Technology sure does save lives!” But when you read more than 400 real-life stories about just how technology does that, the phrase takes on a whole new level of importance.
January 20, 2012
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Jon Huntsman, one of the Republican candidates with a background of instituting new healthcare measures, dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 16.
January 17, 2012
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It’s not often that morning radio inspires me to write a blog post, but the latest bit from The Bert Show here in Atlanta surprisingly provided a bit of inspiration this morning.
January 13, 2012
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Back in December, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum stirred up trouble when he declared that nobody has ever died because they did not have health insurance. How did our healthcare-based social media following respond to Santorum's statement?
January 6, 2012
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When will our employees learn not to identify patients on Facebook or any other social media site?
January 5, 2012
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The December HIT Standards Committee included a discussion of the work ahead for the next year based on the priorities we've heard from stakeholders. We'll have 10 in person and 2 telephonic meetings in 2012.
December 20, 2011
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In recent months, consumers in various cities across the country have been presented with billboards that advertise their local hospital's emergency room wait times in an effort to attract new patients.
December 8, 2011
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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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I recently got a pleasant healthcare surprise while listening to one of my favorite radio stations here in Atlanta.
November 21, 2011
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I’m no stranger to pixie dust – or Pixie Hollow. Fairies, princesses, mice and even bouncing tiggers are commonplace on my floors and shelves. Disney has definitely found a place in my house. What I didn’t realize until earlier this summer is that Disney has also found its way into healthcare.
November 14, 2011
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With Breast Cancer Awareness Month right around the corner, we'll soon begin to see a proliferation of pink awareness ribbons, public service announcements, and fundraisers – be they three-day treks or three-hour silent auctions.
September 27, 2011
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My personal email inbox yielded up two messages this weekend that really caught my eye, and made me wonder if there is a new trend in sales and marketing transparency when it comes to customer relations.
September 20, 2011
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MEDSEEK, the industry's only provider of the optimal 360-degree online healthcare experience, has announced its engagement to develop and deploy a fully integrated patient experience for Orlando Health.
August 11, 2011
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Hamilton General Hospital, located in Hamilton, Texas, has met Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for Medicare and Medicaid with the certified electronic health record (EHR) from Healthcare Management Systems Inc.(HMS).
August 11, 2011
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Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support (CDS) solutions, today announced the launch of ZynxValue+, a portfolio of services that identifies measurable gaps in hospital and healthcare organizations’ CDS, and recommends potential improvements in clinical content and processes.
August 9, 2011
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Cerner Corporation is working with Major League Soccer (MLS) to provide a comprehensive health management platform that will standardize care for players in the league. The secure electronic platform, called HealtheAthlete(TM), will improve the standard of medical record keeping for injured athletes, as well as ease communication between the athlete's key care providers.
August 9, 2011
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced it has entered into an agreement with MEDSEEK to create the NextGen® Enterprise Patient Portal.
August 9, 2011
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The Christ Hospital, in partnership with Epic Systems Corporation, has successfully implemented the first-ever interface that captures real-time data from hemodialysis treatments in the Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR). This added functionality will provide more complete documentation of each patient’s treatment and help caregivers to provide a higher level of individualized care.
August 8, 2011
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MGMA’s Patient Centered Medical Home Study: 2011 Report based on 2011 Data, conducted in April 2011, captured the views of 341 primary care and multispecialty practices nationwide and found that almost 70 percent of respondents were already in the process of transforming or interested in becoming a PCMH while more than 20 percent were accredited or recognized as a PCMH by a national organization. The report is available for free through the MGMA store. MGMA’s study found the majority of practices interested in becoming a PCMH were family medicine (nearly 36 percent), followed closely by multispecialty practices with primary and specialty care (more than 30 percent) and pediatrics (more than 10 percent).
July 21, 2011
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To help healthcare providers of all specialties, their staff and the public to master the intricacies of EHR Alameda Services, a dynamic Health Information Technology (HIT) organization specializes in workforce development and intense Electronic Health Record (EHR) training, today announced the launch and availability of its first e-learning segment that will serve as a powerful Web-based EHR training tool.
July 21, 2011
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The following statement was issued today by Surescripts and the authors of the study “Errors associated with outpatient computerized prescribing systems,” which was published online recently by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
July 12, 2011
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2010 was a year of unprecedented growth for the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), according to a new report released today by the organization. At the end of 2010, IHIE counted 70 distinct hospitals, long-term health facilities and health centers as part of its robust, secure network. It also launched an impressive $16 million federally-funded collaboration to link the access of health information to better patient outcomes.
July 12, 2011
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Anthelio, the leading independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology (IT) services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, today announced a partnership with Nevada Rural Hospital Partners (NRHP), an alliance of 14 rural hospitals in Nevada, including 12 critical access hospitals.
July 12, 2011
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When a baby requires care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), it is a stressful time for the entire family. St. Jude Medical Center, part of the St. Joseph Health System, has made it a little easier. For parents with babies in the St. Jude NICU, no matter where they are, no matter if it is 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.-their infant is now as close as a computer or mobile device.
July 7, 2011
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