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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Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 21, 2014
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Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature," said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington.
April 18, 2014
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For the most part, providers are still wary over the mHealth movement. And this caution just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study.
April 18, 2014
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After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients' ratings of physicians on the hospital's own website.
April 18, 2014
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Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday.
April 17, 2014
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Is it wrong to be skeptical about the integrity of quality measures in meaningful use, particularly in the wake of what one quality improvement expert called "patient safety's first scandal"? Those at the forefront of healthcare quality and patient safety movements say, "no," but also believe any problems have been contained.
April 15, 2014
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed to have weathered the maelstrom surrounding the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchanges back in October and come through the other side where more than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. But on Thursday, after five years at the HHS helm, Sebelius resigned.
April 11, 2014
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To healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, the dirtiest four-letter word in the realm of digital health is "silo."
April 10, 2014
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EHRs were designed to satisfy specific functions for distinct parts of the care process. Currently, EHRs are all about making sure all the warnings are heeded, and all boxes are checked. It's about bringing the information together to make physicians' jobs easier so they can make faster, more informed patient care decisions.
April 10, 2014
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CMS officials say a new data set identifying physician payments and services performed will help prevent fraud and abuse. The American Medical Association, though, warns that it's nothing but a "data dump."
April 9, 2014
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Boston has long proven itself a mecca for healthcare innovation, a hub of some of the best minds and most prestigious hospitals in the nation. And the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Innovators' Showcase proved no exception.
April 9, 2014
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Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says.
April 8, 2014
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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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We are incredibly excited this year to be hearing from both Brent James and Atul Gawande at our annual Connected Health Symposium. They each point out the importance of quality, safety and efficiency in achieving the vision of a health care system that can meet the care requirements of our nation while keeping costs in check.
September 19, 2011
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No one really knows what an Accountable Care Organization is, but many provider organizations want to be one.
September 14, 2011
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On Tuesday, Harry Reynolds, Jr., director of Industry Transformation at IBM Global Healthcare, presented attendees at the HIMSS Virtual Events Forum with his "Value of Care Coordination in ACOs" presentation. Here is a Twitter recap of the lecture.
September 13, 2011
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The Walter Reed Army Medical Center, up and running for over 100 years, will be officially closing on September 15. However, in the recent years, the medical center has had its fair share of misconduct.
September 1, 2011
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When Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology, addresses more than 4,700 healthcare professionals at the Allscripts Client Experience in Nashville on Monday morning, Aug. 29, he’s likely to discuss one of the most exciting developments in healthcare today – and perhaps surprisingly, it won’t be the meaningful use of electronic health records.
August 28, 2011
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There seems to be an undercurrent of debate going on with regard to emergency room wait times. I’ve come across a number of articles and blogs lately having to do with the growing trend of hospitals advertising the wait times of their ERs to the surrounding community.
August 25, 2011
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Social media in healthcare is evolving and finding its way into operational and clinical tools and this has been where much of my focus has been lately.
August 24, 2011
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Partners Health Care (the dominant provider network in Greater Boston) and Neighborhood Health Plan (a local mostly-Medicaid HMO) just announced that the former intends to acquire the latter, and maintain it as a separate operating entity.
August 15, 2011
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The NEJM includes an article that addresses the integration of social media in emergency preparedness efforts from the perspective of physicians.
August 11, 2011
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I'm often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
August 10, 2011
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The American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM; www.theaccim.org) has been organized to pioneer a national accreditation pathway for medical scribes. The medical industry’s growing emphasis on comprehensive medical documentation as a requisite to verifying quality and compensable patient care are obligating medical providers to devote an escalating amount of time to documenting the physician-patient encounter. These heightened documentation requirements coupled with the national expansion of the electronic medical record (EMR) have burdened medical providers with non-clinical clerical duties resulting in significant decreases in productivity.
June 13, 2011
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Health 2.0 and Walgreens launched June 9 the Walgreens 2011 Challenge: A New Approach to Patient Information Navigation, which invites teams of developers to create an application that presents aggregated U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data on specific health topics.
June 10, 2011
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Tucson Medical Center and local physicians, with the help of health technology and services company Optum, today announced they are creating the nation’s first “Sustainable Health Community,” based on an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in which hospitals, physicians, residents, employers and others share in the risk and rewards of making the health system work better for everyone.
June 9, 2011
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As hospitals scramble to adopt the patient-centered focus that is at the heart of federal regulations and legislation aimed at improving healthcare in the U.S., LodgeNet Healthcare today announced the expansion of its interactive patient engagement solution that encourages patients to become educated, active members of their care teams.
June 8, 2011
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Elekta has collaborated with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to integrate the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™) into Elekta's MOSAIQ® Oncology Information System. The collaboration offers Elekta users real-time access to NCCN's evidence-based clinical content directly from within the MOSAIQ patient record.
June 8, 2011
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Practice Fusion, the fastest growing Electronic Health Record (EHR) community in the country, has been awarded ambulatory certification (ONC-ATCB 2011/2012)as a Complete EHR by Drummond Group, an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB).Practice Fusion has also launched new Meaningful Use resources to help doctors in small medical practices prepare for EHR incentives.
June 7, 2011
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Among the first healthcare providers to have money in the bank -- thanks to the federal government's electronic health record (EHR) incentive program -- are two Texas hospitals, Stamford (Texas) Memorial Hospital and Hemphill County Hospital, Canadian, Texas.
June 7, 2011
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MyHealthDIRECT announced today that its flagship healthcare connection solution has been selected for installation at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, Nashville's leading city-owned medical center and part of the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority (MNHA).
June 7, 2011
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Health 2.0 and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health today announced the winner of the Local Children’s Data Developer Challenge, Team Big Yellow Star, for its interactive tool, Mapping Health. The winning submission is a web-based, interactive data visualization focused on children’s health data in California.
June 6, 2011
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NorthShore University HealthSystem is one of the first health systems in the country to be recognized by the federal government for demonstrating meaningful use of its electronic medical record system in a way that improves patient care and safety.
June 6, 2011
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Kaiser Permanente Colorado is one of only three health plans in the nation to receive a top honor for excellence in medication safety. The award, issued by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, recognizes Kaiser Permanente's outstanding performance on medication safety measures included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new 5-star rating program.
June 6, 2011
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Pacifica Women’s Health Care has chosen to use the 2011 Waiting Room Solutions Web Based Family Practice Electronic Health Record and Practice Management V4.0 software. The practice, which has two busy clinics, looks forward to using this software.
June 6, 2011
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