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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As many as 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries now have access to coordinated care with the formation of 123 new accountable care organizations, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this week.
December 26, 2013
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Health insurer Humana and Minnesota-based Healthsense, a provider of aging services technologies, have completed member enrollment in a remote monitoring pilot program. The pilot will measure the impact in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology have on improving health outcomes for seniors.
December 23, 2013
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The Joint Commission has announced changes to its standards for diagnostic imaging, effective July 1, 2014. Additional requirements will be phased in by 2015. The standards changes relate to either quality and safety issues that were needed to more fully address the evolution of healthcare delivery practices.
December 23, 2013
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Physicians in the first subspecialty of clinical informatics, spearheaded by the American Medical Informatics Association, got their board certifications this month -- a pivotal moment in healthcare's "systemic overhaul," according to AMIA.
December 20, 2013
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The Department of Health and Human Services has a few glaring management and performance issues it needs to work out in the coming year -- at least according to a new report put out by the Office of Inspector General.
December 19, 2013
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The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute is paving a large part of its foundation with a new round of $191 million in grants for comparative effectiveness and clinical data research networks, including funding for projects exploring patient and family decision-making and health solutions for specific patient populations.
December 19, 2013
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Premier expects hospital participation in accountable care organizations to double in 2014, according to its fall 2013 Economic Outlook C-suite survey. Premier's Economic Outlook highlights emerging economic and industry trends impacting alliance members and the industry.
December 18, 2013
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For the first time in almost 10 years, a nationwide study will take stock of information technology in nursing homes, as researchers from the University of Missouri spend three years tracking the use of IT for residents' care.
December 17, 2013
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The Office of the Inspector General found that nearly all of the more than 800 hospitals it surveyed in late 2012 had federally recommended EHR audit functions in place, but "may not be using them to their full extent," while only a quarter of them had policies on the notoriously problematic practice of copying-and-pasting.
December 16, 2013
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Most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are willing to participate in virtual healthcare visits with their doctor, and would use health sensors in their bodies and even their toilets, according to a new study commissioned by Intel Corporation.
December 13, 2013
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There's one word that can aptly describe the mobile health market in its entirety. Nascent. And it's been lingering in this stage for years, said industry officials at the 2013 mHealth Summit this week. So, what's finally going to move the market forward? For many, it involves taking a little closer look at history.
December 12, 2013
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Seeking ways in which IT can enable more coordinated care outside traditional settings, the Gary and Mary West Health Institute is launching a five-year study to explore new technologies and new approaches to chronic disease management.
December 12, 2013
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A new Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative, Partnership for Patients, is calling hospitals to focus on nine specific types of medical errors where the potential is great for increased care.
June 20, 2011
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The healthcare IT community is a technologically savvy lot, to be sure. Dreaming up systems that will ultimately improve patient health (and perhaps a bottom line or two) is certainly the work of creative and dedicated professionals.
June 16, 2011
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I’ve been interested in the growing population of folks who self-track objective data for health purposes. The phenomenon is referred to either as personal informatics or the Quantified Self. Both concepts have a following and both are intimately tied into the value of connected health.
June 14, 2011
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For those paying close attention to the world of mobile health last week, you may have noticed a number of tweets coming out of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Mobile Health Summit put on there by the GSMA, an organization that represents mobile operators worldwide, and the mHealth Alliance.
June 13, 2011
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An article headline caught my attention the other day, “A thriving medical industry is a boon for the building.” That statement rings true from my perspective.
June 13, 2011
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I fell in love with healthcare while working as a radiology technician aide at a well-known imaging center in Dallas during college. I was working late one evening with one of our senior technicians, when I realized the profound opportunity a relationship between healthcare and technology could provide.
June 9, 2011
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For some reason of late, I’ve noticed the tagline of the automobile insurance company, Esurance. In case you haven’t seen it, it goes like this: “Technology when you want it, people when you don’t.” When I first heard this, I thought it would be a good tagline for connected health.
June 7, 2011
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Even before accounting for the mass influx of Americans rushing to hospitals' emergency departments from healthcare reform, EDs are in serious need of fine tuning as over crowding and escalating inpatient costs are on the rise.
June 6, 2011
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Much has been written about preparing for meaningful use, such as implementing a certified electronic health record. Then what?
June 6, 2011
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On Thursday (June 2), I joined other speakers at the IBM Healthcare Leadership Exchange, Transforming Healthcare, held at the Chicago IBM Transformation Center. My keynote presentation focused on “Healthcare in the US.”
June 3, 2011
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I recently attended a conference at which Stephen Dubner, co-author of the best-selling books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, gave a keynote. Though he was speaking to a room full of email marketers, his story was peppered with anecdotes from the world of healthcare.
May 23, 2011
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Often when I speak about connected health, I am asked ‘What are you doing to provide these services to communities with health disparities?’ For many years, connected health advocates took it on the chin when this important topic was brought up.
May 11, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that its client, Springfield Center for Family Medicine, Inc., is among the first providers to receive payment for demonstrating Meaningful Use under the Medicare incentive program.
May 26, 2011
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