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Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done to address this growing health issue. Researchers Martin Makary and Michael Daniel recently published findings in BMJ revealed that deaths caused by...


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CHIME Suspends 2-Year National Patient ID Challenge Initiative

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced it will suspend the National Patient ID Challenge Initiative after nearly two years of work. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved the industry...

EHR Use-Related Malpractice Claims Increased Over Past Decade

by Kate Monica

A new study found malpractice claims in which EHR use was listed as a contributing factor to patient injury have increased continuously over the past decade. The study by David B. Troxel, MD, and colleagues at physician-owned medical malpractice...

$178M Cerner EHR System Under Review After Persistent Problems

by Kate Monica

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix is launching an independent review of Island Health’s Cerner EHR system, marking the system’s second review in a little over a year. The $178 million Cerner EHR system — called IHealth...

Surescripts, Allscripts Collaborate to Assist Hurricane Irma Victims

by Kate Monica

Surescripts and Allscripts have partnered to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a limited time. The health information network and...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information Network...

Rush Medical Seeks $18M for Defective Patient Monitoring System

by Kate Monica

Rush University Medical Center is suing the developer of its $18-million patient monitoring system for fraud after the system allegedly proved defective. On August 18, the medical center filed the complaint in federal court accusing Draeger Inc....

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data exchange...

Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

by Kate Monica

Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

by Kate Monica

Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software developers, hospitals,...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

by Kate Monica

Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

Researchers Discuss Problems, Solutions to Patient Identification

by Kate Monica

A recent ECRI Institute presentation outlined findings regarding best practices to reduce patient matching errors. In collaboration with the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, the organization presented additional findings from its health...

Health IT Systems Partly Responsible for Medication Errors

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Staley Lawes, PharmD, BCPS, and Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, found poor implementation of health IT can result in medication errors and higher risks of patient harm. While health IT has evolved to become a vital component...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

by Kate Monica

In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data exchange...

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