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FDA wants access to EHR data for drug safety monitoring

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring the possibility of gaining direct access to de-identified EHR information on millions of patients in order to glean data that will be useful in identifying risky pharmaceuticals and other...

January 10: ONC to host HIT-related patient safety webinar

by Nicole Freeman

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is inviting healthcare organizations to participate in a January 10 health IT and patient safety webinar entitled “How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health...

ECRI Institute helps hospitals reach 2014 Alarm Safety Goal

by Nicole Freeman

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit certified patient safety organization, has announced a service to help hospitals evaluate and modify their alarm management plans to meet The Joint Commission’s 2014 National Patient Safety Goal. The...

Breakdowns in drug prescribing, dosing threaten patient safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA) has released a new report warning providers of the dangers of communication and documentation breakdowns when prescribing and administering medications.  After analyzing 501 reports,...

ONC releases guide for addressing health IT safety risks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is building on its efforts to ensure that the adoption of health IT does not lead to patient safety concerns. In a post on Health IT Buzz, the federal...

EHR tool improves care transitions for pediatric patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

An EHR tool intended to help clinicians communicate better during transitions of care was highly effective in reducing preventable readmissions and adverse events while pediatric patients were still in the hospital.  The study, published...

Poor EHR habits lead to opiate overdoses, hazards at VA

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new report by the VA Office of the Inspector General puts a military hospital in hot water once again after it was revealed that a lack of EHR documentation, the shredding of prescription records, and sight-unseen renewals of powerful...

EHRs drop on ECRI 2014 hazards list, but alarm misuse reigns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Good news for EHRs?  The annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list from the ECRI Institute puts EHRs almost halfway down the ladder of critical health IT problems in hospitals, dropping from number one on last year’s list to...

Handwritten orders bypass EHR alerts at VA, cause three deaths

by Jennifer Bresnick

A series of veteran deaths have been connected to improper drug administration at the Memphis VA Medical Center, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reports.  Critical flaws in the clinical workflow, including poor EHR documentation...

PA to create drug database to reduce doctor shopping, ODs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Pennsylvania is arming itself with a new health IT tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse, doctor shopping, and fatal overdoses.  A bill to create an electronic statewide prescription drug database passed a vote on the State...

AHIMA: Six tips for reducing EHR risks, boosting quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs are subject to a number of risks that have the potential to impact patient safety significantly, says Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, Senior Director of Coding Policy and Compliance at AHIMA, in an article for Perspectives in...

Can EHRs lower malpractice rates, diagnosis errors?

by Jennifer Bresnick

One of the main selling points for EHRs, besides the incentives offered by CMS, is the opportunity to use digital know-how to catch patient safety errors before they cause real harm.  But reports on the effectiveness of EHRs in that...

FDA requires unique ID for medical devices in final rule

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the interests of patient safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a final ruling requiring all medical devices to bear a label with a unique device identification number (UDI).  Tagging each device with its own...

EHR software recalled after medication notes disappear

by Jennifer Bresnick

UnitedHealth Group Inc. announced a recall of its Picis ED PulseCheck software this summer after the emergency department EHR software exhibited a glitch that caused physician notes entered manually on a prescription to be left out when...

EHR defaults cause medication, patient safety errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s newest analysis shows troubling news for providers who rely on basic EHR shortcuts such as automatically populated default fields.  While pre-filled boxes are intended to save time during data...

EHRs, HIE should be patient-centric, not organization-based

by Jennifer Bresnick

In order to be truly effective in coordinating care and providing patients with the best services available, health information technology must be “turned on its head,” asserts Dr. Robert Rowley, Practice Fusion’s Chief Medical...

How EHR standardization improves care quality, patient safety

by Sponsored Content

Standardization goes a long way in not only meeting the financial needs of the organization, but also the improved patient safety and care objectives. We can all agree that the ultimate goal of standardization is, in fact, patient safety...

FDA recognizes need for medical device interoperability standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the benefits of interoperability standards for medical devices, and encourages the industry to develop and adhere to a set of standards voluntarily.  In an announcement published in...

Mass. nurses calling for patient safety ballot initiative

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An organization representing nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in calling for a ballot initiative to improve patient safety by establishing appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios and patient assignments, according to an announcement...

Boston patients exposed to virus due to lack of EHR training

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thirteen dialysis patients at Boston Medical Center (BMC) were exposed to hepatitis B earlier this year when two nurses from an outside dialysis contractor failed to receive access to the hospital’s EHR system, which would have let them...

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