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
 

 
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, HIMSS Oregon and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, September 10-14, 2012.
August 9, 2012
Blog
At the weekly healthcare and social media tweet chat (#HITsm), hosted by HL7 Standards, participants discussed four previously posed questions, exploring the practical use of social media in the healthcare space. Here is a roundup of the best responses.
July 6, 2012
Blog
Sometimes healthcare hits close to home, and by that I mean it reaches out from behind the computer screens and conference podiums I sit so often in front of and grabs me by the shoulders, shaking me out of my blogging bubble with the message that this state of care we’re all living in needs to get better, quickly.
May 18, 2012
Blog
In this post, I want to use obesity as an illustration of how personalized prevention might practically work.
April 24, 2012
Blog
You want irony? Try this: the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that we women are the ones who make the health care choices for the kids in 8 out of 10 families. Yet women are far and away the minority gender in the world of health IT leaders. While this is by no means the definitive list, I’ve done some research on the women who ARE making their mark in HIT.
February 21, 2012
Blog
With Meaningful Use requirements, connecting to Health Information Exchanges, coordinating data flow in Accountable Care Organizations, updating devices to ICD-10 codes and general interoperability projects, there is a tremendous amount of work going on in Health IT.
February 1, 2012
Blog
Last night, the remaining four GOP candidates debated in Tampa, Florida and, as usual, there were a number of topics misrepresented as facts – Mitt Romney’s attacks on the federal health law among those.
January 24, 2012
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
When will our employees learn not to identify patients on Facebook or any other social media site?
January 5, 2012
Blog
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release
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
Press Release