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Senator provides key recommendations to reduce medical errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

After polling more than 280 California hospitals on their medical error prevention strategies, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has released a new report detailing six ways to tackle some of the most common and deadly medical errors, including...

Why patient engagement technology makes sense for providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As patients absorb a greater share of the costs of their care, they will no doubt become more cognizant of the prices associated with services and variations between healthcare organizations and providers. As patients become consumers,...

Phoenix VA subverts EHR system with secret waiting list

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to internal emails obtained by CNN, and the assertions of a retired VA physician, Dr. Sam Foote, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Heath Care system has allegedly caused at least 40 veteran deaths by subverting the electronic record...

ECRI: Data integrity, health IT failures top patient risk list

by Jennifer Bresnick

Poor data integrity and gaps in the health IT infrastructure pose a serious risk to patient safety, says the 2014 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list from ECRI Institute.  Along with a lack of care coordination as patients move across the...

Study: Experienced nurses lead to shorter hospital stays

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurses with longer tenures in the same hospital unit have been tied to significantly improved cost savings and patient outcomes according to a four-year study conducted in Veterans Affairs hospitals by Columbia University.  After...

Lying docs, fake services rack up millions in Medicare fraud

by Jennifer Bresnick

Prosecutors across the country have their hands full with a staggering number of fraudsters setting their sights on millions in Medicare payments for false services, fake patients, and unauthorized healthcare facilities. Physician...

FDA issues recall of McKesson Anesthesia Care Record

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly a year after McKesson notified its customers about flaw in one of its health IT systems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to applying a Class I recall. The product in question is McKesson’s Anesthesia Care...

Alarm simplification can avoid fatigue, boost patient safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s one of those curiously depressing facts of life that we all still jump to attention every time our cell phones signal a new text message, but we unconsciously tune out sounds in the workplace that are intended to help us do our...

Rite Aid launches Health Alliance Program for patient health

by Nicole Freeman

Rite Aid Corporation has launched the Rite Aid Health Alliance, a care collaboration between providers focusing on patients with chronic conditions in select US locations. The program will be available at Rite Aid pharmacies in Buffalo,...

What is the future of computerized physician order entry?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this year members of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) pointed to the abundance of published research demonstrating the positive influence of the EHR Incentive Programs and their...

How important is physician engagement to CPOE adoption?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) aims at preventing potential errors or problems associated with orders that could negatively impact a patient’s safety or ultimately his health outcome. Each is an important requirement in...

Analytics, Smart Workflow Combine for Safety and Savings

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it’s the goal of every patient to leave the hospital feeling better than when he arrived, sometimes inpatient admission will leave him sicker than when he started.  Hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and patient safety...

HITPC: Stage 3 Meaningful Use to focus on patient safety, quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health IT Policy Committee’s newest draft recommendations for Stage 3 Meaningful Use are taking a good hard look at quality, patient safety, and timely interventions through population health management and clinical decision...

Should VT open a brand new hospital without an EHR?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Officials overseeing the construction of a brand new psychiatric hospital in Vermont are planning to cut the ribbon without a comprehensive, modern EHR installed on premises.  Despite calling the facility “state-of-the-art” and hoping...

Optum Labs adds 7 partners to research collaborative

by Nicole Freeman

Optum Labs, an innovation and research center created by Mayo Clinic and Optum, has added seven charter partners to its research collaborative. The center is dedicated to improving patient care value and quality. The new partners...

Study: HIE can reduce unnecessarily repeated tests

by Jennifer Bresnick

University of Michigan researchers have found that the use of health information exchange to share reports on common imaging tests like ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs can help reduce the number of times patients undergo the exact same...

Winners of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg awards announced

by Nicole Freeman

The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have announced the four winners of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, which will presented at the 2014 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in...

Alarm fatigue a concern at hospitals nationwide

by Nicole Freeman

A national survey conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), a patient health and safety advocacy group, found that alarm fatigue is a top concern at 19 of every 20 US hospitals. Alarm fatigue results from...

Clinical decision support, CPOE get thumbs up from academics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Formal academic studies about the implementation of clinical decision support (CDS) and computerized provider order entry (CPOE) are generally positive, according to a study of studies targeting the meaningful use of EHRs and associated...

ECRI Institute to host pre-HIMSS14 health IT safety workshop

by Nicole Freeman

ECRI Institute, a nonprofit patient care research organization, and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), are offering a pre-conference workshop entitled “Patient Safety—Making Healthcare Safer: Health...

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