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.

RELATED STORIES:
ACP: Quality measures key to meaningful use
Health IT panel scrutinizes 2013 quality measures
 

 
The final Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2015, published by CMS on Oct. 31, brings with it a number of changes that physicians and practice managers need to understand about chronic care, telehealth and meaningful use.
November 4, 2014
News
As the foundation of his opening keynote address at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston on Nov. 20-21, Kaiser Permanente CMIO John Mattison, MD, will address an issue that marries philosophy, antiquity, science and a profound concern for improving the health and welfare of mankind.
November 3, 2014
News
MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, and Cerner have signed a seven-year agreement to streamline operations, help improve the quality of patient care and develop technologies that align with MedStar's vision.
November 3, 2014
News
Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research from Frost & Sullivan that confirms this, and suggests that EHR usability challenges are likely to get worse before they get better.
October 31, 2014
News
Cleveland Clinic unveiled Wednesday its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015, and among them are some technology advances.
October 30, 2014
News
The American Medical Association launched what its leaders call a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care.
October 29, 2014
News
Purchasing spree continues as Optum gains chronic condition management, smoking cessation and other services.
October 28, 2014
News
More than 83 percent of physician practices do not believe current Medicare physician quality reporting programs enhanced their physicians' ability to provide high-quality patient care, according to new research released Monday.
October 28, 2014
News
There are at least 30 ways to grow patient satisfaction at your healthcare facility, but 10 key service standards should do the trick.
October 28, 2014
News
The healthcare breakthrough of the 21st century may not come in the form of a miracle drug from the pharmaceutical industry. Rather, it's more likely to emerge from the ways caregivers interact and motivate patients.
October 28, 2014
News
What propels a group practice to fifteen-fold growth? At Westmed Medical Group, in New York's Westchester County, the surge can be attributed largely to care transformation driven by analytics.
October 28, 2014
News
Technology company Aramark opened a new Healthcare Technology & Innovation Center in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this month, touting the new venture as a way to drive more efficient ways for hospitals to manage their clinical equipment assets.
October 27, 2014
News
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
Imagine checking Facebook to identify the quality of care provided at your hospital or to assess patient satisfaction with the experience.
March 20, 2013
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
Medicity announced recently the second patent on its Novo Grid technology. The technology powers the secure exchange of clinical information for more than 750 hospitals and their affiliated physician practices and represents some of the nation's leading health systems.
June 13, 2011
Press Release