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Data collection must benefit patients and not burden providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Panelists at the 2013 CMS eHealth Summit agree that while clinical and administrative data are on a path towards convergence due to new models of care, information collection and sharing must be centered around improving patient outcomes...

Attend the HHS Patient Safety Plan Webinar: July 10

by Jennifer Bresnick

Tomorrow, July 10, the public is invited to attend a webinar hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator to discuss the HHS Patient Safety Plan.  This webinar will feature leading experts discussing how the responsibilities of...

Can printing from the EHR eliminate hybrid workflow problems?

by Jennifer Bresnick

With a truly paperless office little more than a dream for busy providers, the real problem is not how to eliminate paper, but how to deal with paper effectively. Many providers don’t have access to services like Blue Button or...

Is your hybrid EHR-paper workflow putting patients at risk?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even the most die-hard EHR advocate knows that paper isn’t disappearing completely from the office any time soon.  With plenty of providers still entirely entrenched in pen and prescription pad, there will still be referrals,...

ECRI: Ten steps to cutting EHR implementation risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Switching from paper to an EHR is a process fraught with difficulties and pitfalls.  From data security to physician pushback, workflow changes and patient safety, EHR implementation has wide-reaching affects on nearly every area of a...

ONC guide shows reduction in readmissions with ADT alerts

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Beacon Community team has released the first of six guides on areas of success for the Beacon Nation program, focused on how to improve hospital transitions and reduce preventable readmissions...

What health IT is necessary to support accountable care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The development and use of a health IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs) will help minimize risks associated with forming these risk-based partnerships between healthcare organizations, providers, and payers, according to...

Leapfrog: Most hospitals average in terms of patient safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of the more than 2,500 hospitals receiving a safety score, more than one-third were average when it came to safeguarding patients from harm, says recent research by the Leapfrog Group. Using its update Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the...

FDA to monitor medical devices through mobile app, EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an update to its plan to provide more comprehensive oversight for the life-saving medical devices used in hospitals and long-term care facilities.  In its effort to create a...

New HHS workgroup to focus on mHealth, patient safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected a panel of health IT experts from hospitals, health plans, government agencies, and vendors to form a new workgroup devoted to identifying key issues in health IT innovation,...

CHIME: HIE needs certification, patient-matching safeguards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In order to advance EHR interoperability and health information exchange (HIE), the technologies used to support the exchange of health information among healthcare organizations and providers need to undergo certification similar to that...

Cash over quality: Medicare pays 190% more for faulty surgeries

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Quality” is a word that gets tossed around a lot in discussions about EHR adoption, payment model reforms, and patient safety initiatives.  After all, the goal of health IT is to improve the quality of care by reducing poor outcomes,...

EHR data mining to flag heart disease, adverse drug events

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s a wealth of information hidden within the unstructured clinical notes of an EHR, and it’s not always easy to extract that data.  Researchers and developers have been working hard to change that, recognizing the potential for...

athenahealth proposes patient safety code of conduct

by Jennifer Bresnick

HIMSS13 isn’t all about flashy product announcements and schmoozing over cocktails: there are serious healthcare issues to address, and patient safety is at the top of the list.  After all, the ultimate goal of health IT is to keep...

“Process breakdowns” threaten patient safety, despite EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sometimes aches and pains or sniffles and coughs are just minor annoyances that will go away with some minor intervention on a physician’s part.  But occasionally that nagging sore throat or uncomfortable heartburn can signal a more...

Are healthcare surveys really capturing patient experience?

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We can learn so much by listening. The post-hospital visit survey (HCAHPS) is an important tool for patients to efficiently report on their experience in the facility. But what about all those interactions within that experience and those...

Is EHR “mania” hiding serious patient safety flaws?

by Jennifer Bresnick

A typo leads to the administration of the wrong medication.  A surgeon looking at a flipped image operates on the opposite side of a patient’s head.  An allergy warning is ignored after a clinician clicks away from an...

EHR tops ECRI’s list of hospital technology issues in 2013

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The meaningful use of certified EHR technology has the ECRI Institute asking questions about the safety of these systems given their growing adoption. “This will certainly go a long way to improve how patient information is shared;...

Bipartisan Policy Center releases patient safety framework

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has released a report outlining its recommendations for ensuring patient safety during the adoption of healthcare IT efforts.  Following the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan...

Texas physicians push for EHR, health IT patient safety czar

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a letter addressed to National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) recommends the appointment of a “highly-visible HIT Safety Czar” to coordinate and market patient safety initiatives to healthcare...

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