Both the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Hospital Association sent letters to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari this week commenting on ONC's draft plan on patient safety, published in December. While both organizations, for the most part, supported ONC's suggestions, each had a few recommended changes.
Data transfer between health IT systems often is inadequate from a patient-safety perspective, according to a new analysis of HIT-related safety events by the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization. In its report, for which 171 health IT events were examined at 36 facilities between April and June of last year, the nonprofit organization identified five potential problem areas for such events: the aforementioed data transfer issues; systems not functioning as intended; poor system configurations; inaccurate data entry in patient records; and data entry in the wrong patient records.
The Joint Commission (TJC) and National Quality Forum (NQF) yesterday honored the Houston health system and California health plan as quality and safety innovators.
Seven California hospitals face a combined $775,000 in fines for risking patient safety, including delayed emergency treatment, the California Department of Public Health reported yesterday.
Commenting on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Patient Safety & Action Surveillance Plan unveiled in December, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives say that implementation of such a plan should be facilitated by stakeholders not directly under government control.
Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital last week announced that almost 2,000 patients may have received an injection from another patient's insulin pen.
Attending physicians with excess patient encounters said they were more likely to order unnecessary tests, have poorer patient satisfaction and see worse patient outcomes.
One hundred hospital neonatal intensive care units in nine states cut central line-associated bloodstream infections in newborns by 58 percent in less than a year, thanks to the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP).
Over the course of two years, unintentional reuse of insulin pens may have exposed more than 700 patients at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Veterans Administration Medical Center to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
The healthcare industry needs a better understanding of the risks and improved interoperability standards before it can truly grapple with the patient-safety issues posed from healthcare technology, according to a paper compiled from a summit on medical device interoperability conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.