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Technology a catalyst for top health industry safety, security efforts

Of 50 initiatives highlighted on CSO's annual list of groundbreaking safety and security efforts, 11 are endeavors in the healthcare industry, with eight of those recognized in the top 20.

CDC posts videos for emergency staff dealing with suspected Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a series of training videos developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine to assist emergency department personnel in triage, identification and management of suspected Ebola patients.

Global patient safety improvement effort needed

Already identified as the third leading cause of death in the United States, preventable medical errors are also a major global health concern that for too long have been accepted as inevitable, according to a new report by the World Innovation Summit for Health, a global initiative of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

'Body mechanics' can't save nurses from back injuries

In addition to the prevalent workplace violence they face, nurses also frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries on the job. The reason for the latter workplace danger is simple, according to an  NPR  report--even the "proper" method taught to many clinicians for how to lift patients can't protect them from serious back problems.

CDS buyers need more info to make good decisions

Buyers of clinical decision support systems need more and better information to make informed purchase decisions, according to an article published online this week in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Nontraditional medical offices hit the road, meet different reactions

When the going gets tough, choices get even tougher for independent physicians. But not all physicians struggling to maintain private practices have stuck with the options that have come to comprise today's standard menu: Go big, go concierge or get out.

Biden calls for hospitals to 'double down' on patient safety

Vice President Joe Biden called for increased focus on error and infection reduction in the healthcare industry and more government incentives to facilitate them, according to Kaiser Health News.

Erroneous med orders 'sail through' CPOE systems

Nearly 80 percent of erroneous medication orders could be entered in computerized physician order entry systems, and more than half "sailed right through," with little or no difficulty or warnings, according to research published at  BMJ Quality & Safety.

6 keys to become a more transparent, safer hospital

Transparency is the antidote to many of the problems that plague healthcare, and increasing it will lead to better outcomes, greater satisfaction and reduced costs, according to a report issued by the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute.  

Hospital CEOs rank financial challenges as top concern

Thanks in part to the seismic changes surrounding the healthcare industry, hospital executives' top concern in 2014 was how to meet the financial challenges associated with running their businesses, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives.