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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What can the U.S. healthcare industry learn from other nations? In the realm of EHR certification, arguably a whole lot, policymakers point out. The question arose during health IT policy talks in May, and reemerged this week: Could a Kaizen study of certification -- an end-to-end analysis -- reveal what has been lacking in the EHR certification process?
June 13, 2014
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The use of smart pump technology has been proven to reduce the frequency of errors in the administration of intravenous drugs. But software glitches and other potentially dangerous problems persist.
June 12, 2014
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There's little to laugh about when it comes to the VA hospital scandal. But Jon Stewart mined some dark comedy Tuesday night as he mocked a health system whose technology dates to the Reagan Administration.
June 11, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems have formed a strategic partnership to better serve their respective CIO and CMIO members.
June 11, 2014
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Widespread use of advanced comparative effectiveness and large-scale monitoring may still be a bit far off. But they are on the horizon, and headway is being made.
June 10, 2014
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When CHRISTUS Health decided to spin out two separate IT and healthcare informatics departments, there were plenty of challenges to grapple with. But so far the decision has been well worth it, with both clinical and financial ROI.
June 10, 2014
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One medical practice is in much better position for Stage 2 meaningful use, as an ongoing project that relays data from implantable cardiac devices directly into personal health records continues to show encouraging early returns.
June 10, 2014
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The idea behind the app version of OpenFDA Search was to make adverse event reports easily accessible to both providers and patients, making it one of the first apps to harness FDA data and reports.
June 9, 2014
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The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon. Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise.
June 6, 2014
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One organization has made a bold move toward healthcare transparency after announcing it was publishing patient satisfaction ratings together with outpatient procedure pricing for all of one state's hospitals.
June 5, 2014
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the U.S. government will continue to offer open access to data as fuel for healthcare innovation.
June 4, 2014
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Does your organization have a comprehensive data governance program? If not, you're not alone. But you're also not close to where you should be if you want to provide better care at lower cost, according to a new report.
June 4, 2014
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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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LOL and gag me with a spoon. I just read a Fortune article called, “Teaching IBM’s Watson the meaning of OMG” and I had a pretty good chuckle. The article discusses how the “final frontier” in machine intelligence is teaching computers not just words, but the subtle differences in meaning that make language rich, powerful and specific.
January 22, 2013
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Yesterday I talked about where I'd been last year. Today I'm going to cover where I think things are headed in the U.S. (at least for me).
December 20, 2012
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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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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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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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