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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Cottage Hospital, a critical access hospital in Woodsville, N.H., has saved more than $100,000 over three years since it rolled out interface engine technology.
May 6, 2014
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More than half of people with chronic conditions say the ability to get their electronic medical records online outweighs the potential privacy risks, according to a new survey by Accenture.
May 5, 2014
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New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine -- especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, healthcare providers and healthcare companies.
May 5, 2014
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The hits keep on coming for the new EHR certification criteria, as the American Medical Association and Telecommunications Industry Association send their complaints to ONC on the heels of similar criticism submitted earlier by the EHR Association.
May 2, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said late Thursday it expects the Department of Health and Human Services to "release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015."
May 2, 2014
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Pushing off testing is only one of the unintended consequences triggered by delaying ICD-10. Organizations now have to reassess the project and redefine their requirements, and many will have to find resources to do that.
May 1, 2014
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A new report emphasizing a correlation between digital technology and company performance or profitably spanning 11 different industries underscores a few surprising things about the healthcare sector and its digital IQ.
May 1, 2014
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a highly regarded teaching hospital in Boston, but in 2012, the hospital found out it had one of the highest rates of readmissions among Medicare patients in the country. That meant federal fines of more than $1 million -- and a lot of soul searching for the staff, says Dr. Julius Yang, the head of quality for the hospital.
May 1, 2014
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With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big data, you're doing it wrong."
May 1, 2014
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According to a recently released report by the FDA, the most serious type of recalls for medical devices -- those that could potentially result in serious injury or death -- have skyrocketed by more than 900 percent in the past decade.
May 1, 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"?
May 1, 2014
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The New York eHealth Collaborative and the Partnership Fund for New York City are calling for applications for a second round of healthcare startups for its New York Digital Health Accelerator, a program designed to make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry.
May 1, 2014
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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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My oldest daughter started kindergarten this week – her only negative comment was that “there are so many rules!” How many times has that sentence been uttered, or at least thought, by providers, vendors, consultants and even patients, when it comes to healthcare these days?
August 9, 2011
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The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization released a white paper on Modernizing Rural Health Care.
August 3, 2011
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Today hospital executives can say that their facilities are unlike their predecessors ten years ago, but in another ten years from now health facilities will be even more sophisticated and advanced than the most modern centers today.
August 3, 2011
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Health 2.0, IMPAQ International (IMPAQ) and NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) are proud to announce the launch of the Medicare Claims Data Developer Challenge, which will solicit entries to develop an online dashboard for comparative effectiveness, health services and health policy research.
June 2, 2011
Press Release
QlikTech, a leader in Business Discovery - user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announced that its customer Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare delivery through the integration of research and information technology, is expanding its QlikView deployment to make significant progress toward finding a cure for mental illness and addiction disorders.
June 2, 2011
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KLAS report reveals that image quality, mobility, and diagnostic confidence help drive ultrasound vendor selection
June 2, 2011
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University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced today that the state's only comprehensive academic medical center has joined the High Value Healthcare Collaborative ( HVHC ), a national effort by leading health care systems to improve care, lower costs and move best practices out to the national provider community.
June 2, 2011
Press Release
Beaumont Health System has been selected to join a prestigious national collaborative of health systems designed to improve health care quality, lower costs and expand best care practices to other health providers.
June 2, 2011
Press Release
Nuesoft Technologies Inc. and Point and Click Solutions, Inc. today announced their collaboration on The College Health Technology Pathway Program, an initiative to educate college health professionals about the risks and flaws of hosted application service provider systems (ASPs), which are not designed for mission critical health care software applications, and thus leave users' data vulnerable.
June 1, 2011
Press Release
Health Level Seven® International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability and standards in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the appointment of Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to the HL7 Board of Directors.
May 31, 2011
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CareTech Solutions, an information technology and Web products and services provider for more than 180 U.S. hospitals and health systems, announced today that St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network (SLHHN) in Bethlehem, PA. selected the company to provide remote 24/7/365 IT infrastructure monitoring from CareTech's Healthcare Infrastructure Operations Center (HIOC), a technology hub for the storing and monitoring of data, systems and applications located in Troy, Mich.
May 31, 2011
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Exploring the potential of Interbit Data's report distribution software, NetDelivery, Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY, has discovered numerous applications, enabling the speed of automated information sharing across its organization and satisfying the diverse report requirements of multiple departments.
May 27, 2011
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athenahealth, Inc., today announced that the first Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payment dollars have been issued to its physician clients using athenaClinicals, the company’s EHR offering. This marks the first step in the fulfillment of the Company’s Federal Stimulus Bonus Payment Guarantee Program.
May 27, 2011
Press Release
Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21st-century regulatory system that is simpler and smarter and that protects the health and safety of the American people in a pragmatic and cost-effective way. He called for a change in culture to incorporate ongoing review of regulations into our operations. We can target rules already on the books to increase flexibility and remove regulations that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or in conflict with other rules.
May 26, 2011
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Beacon IPA, a young and rapidly-growing physician network consisting of almost 200 healthcare practitioners, has proudly announced a three-year agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield. The new contract brings together two premier organizations, committed to finding new ways to enhance the overall quality, efficiency and safety of clinical care at reduced costs.
May 26, 2011
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