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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"EHRs have become roach motels," say the co-founders of par8o, an early-stage company that bills itself as "Healthcare's Operating System" and hopes to tackle data liquidity and dynamic pricing through a cloud service that can integrate with -- but is not reliant upon -- electronic health records.
January 12, 2015
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OpenNotes launched in 2010 as a here-goes-nothing pilot program at three select providers. Since then, despite some initial physician resistance, the number of patients with easy electronic access to their doctors' notes has grown 250-fold. Now comes the real goal, says OpenNotes co-director Tom Delbanco, MD: making that transparency "the standard of care in this country."
January 8, 2015
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Primary care doctors at Arch Health Partners, a 90-physician multi-specialty practice affiliated with Palomar Health, recently ramped up care of patients with hypertension -- with promising results.
January 8, 2015
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In what Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton calls a groundbreaking deal, Minneapolis-based health system Allina Health -- Health Catalyst's first client -- will invest $100 million in the data warehousing company, committing to work with it on a 10-year initiative to build a new model for improving outcomes system-wide.
January 6, 2015
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While healthcare chief information officers have been taking on more and more responsibility, staff and budgets in recent years, many have argued that their strategic capabilities are under-utilized. A new survey from SSi-SEARCH finds greater strategic alignment coming to the role of the CIO.
January 6, 2015
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Each year, medical errors kill 400,000 Americans, more people than any other illness aside from cancer and heart disease. In an effort to recognize hospitals that have successfully worked to reduce these deadly medical errors, patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group has released its list of the 2014 top hospitals in the U.S.
December 31, 2014
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is offering up to $150.7 million to support further development of networks that make up PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.
December 30, 2014
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A $40,000 donation from Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, will support Georgia Tech's work on interoperability and also the Triple Aim Initiative.
December 30, 2014
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When it comes to healthcare, there are big gaps between how patients look at the future of healthcare and the way providers view it. The conclusions come from the results of a survey published earlier this month by consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and researchers at Ipsos Public Affairs.
December 26, 2014
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A recent study led by the Regenstrief Institute raises interesting questions about patient health data: who controls it, who sees it in the electronic health record and how it should be shared across the care continuum.
December 22, 2014
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Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. Few EHRs can uniquely identify devices and link them to patient outcome data, but registries can.
December 19, 2014
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In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.
December 19, 2014
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It is always interesting how events find ways of connecting themselves together even when they seem so unrelated.
May 20, 2013
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The FDA launched an impressive patient network website this month, after nearly four years of research, focus groups, usability testing and more.
May 16, 2013
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I’ve been in the healthcare delivery business now for 30 years and I can confidently say we’ve paid almost no attention to design. As we get closer to a world where we are engaging patients in their own health outcomes, design will be much more critical.
May 13, 2013
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Training healthcare providers to be able to respond to any situation they might find themselves in is crucial to their development as healthcare professionals.
May 6, 2013
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ONC/CMS provides strong oversight of the meaningful use program by continuousy reexamining the quality of certified products and auditing hospitals and practices that have attested to meaningful use.
May 1, 2013
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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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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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Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) has established an Emerging Technology Group to identify and guide the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in health care innovation, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO.
July 7, 2011
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Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out the common mistakes made in manual systems, suggests research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).
June 30, 2011
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UMass Memorial Health Care is aiming to improve and lower the cost of diabetes care using a new approach that allows patients and their care team to better manage their health remotely.
June 28, 2011
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has selected The Lewin Group to help reduce the number of hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries, and improve quality and outcomes when patients transition from hospitals to other settings, such as their homes or long-term care facilities.
June 28, 2011
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Seven community health centers and federally qualified health centers in central Indiana are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange's (IHIE) quality initiative, called the Quality Health First Program. Open Door Health Services, based in Muncie, is the latest participant the program.
June 21, 2011
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South Tampa Immediate Care today announced a new partnership with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage - a free mobile healthcare application. The increase in mobile phone subscriptions, specifically smartphones, has led the medical facility to expand its presence in the mobile community by providing on-the-go access to a variety of medical information.
June 20, 2011
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Atlanta-based Business Computer Applications, Inc. (BCA) has been awarded an $8 million dollar task order to provide IT and statistical support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
June 16, 2011
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Surgical Information Systems ("SIS"), a leader in perioperative information systems, announced that North Shore-LIJ Health System has extended its enterprise agreement with SIS by selecting SIS Anesthesia as its anesthesia documentation solution. The implementation will start at North Shore University Hospital and will continue at the other North Shore-LIJ Health Systems hospitals.
June 14, 2011
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Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America, today announced that more than a dozen healthcare facilities have chosen Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition Software to improve clinical efficiency and manage the administrative operation of their practices through their use of electronic health records (EHR), serving thousands of patients, throughout the United States.
June 14, 2011
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The nation’s broadest representational assembly of physicians will gather in Chicago next week to shape the health care agenda of the American Medical Association, the country’s largest physician organization.
June 14, 2011
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