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Scoring system could help reduce adverse drug events in patients

University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have partnered with UF Health to identify hospital patients at greatest risk for preventable adverse drug events.

AHRQ renews contract with ECRI Institute to maintain clearinghouses

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has renewed the contract for the ECRI Institute to maintain two databases of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and healthcare quality measures.

Should all docs and nurses receive drug tests after adverse events?

Hospitals should conduct drug tests on all physicians and nurses, especially following an adverse event, and doctors and nurses should be ready to comply, according to an article by NYU Langone Medical Center's Director of Division of Medical Ethics.

Patient groups to federal officials: Don't rush health IT regulation

A coalition of 15 patient groups said it wants to see the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act workgroup take its time in crafting a risk-based framework for health IT regulation, in a letter sent to federal officials this week.

Groups push for release of final device identifier rule

A range of patient advocacy groups is urging the Office of Management and Budget to release a final Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule as soon as possible.

5 ways ONC is demonstrating health IT progress

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week unveiled a report updating its progress on five goals outlined in its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015, published in March 2011 by previous National Coordinator David Blumenthal.

Bottom-to-top training essential to reducing hospital infections

A national network of safety-net hospitals has prevented 1,184 harmful events and saved nearly $12 million through a federal initiative to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions.

HHS finalizes health IT safety plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a final health IT safety plan to eliminate medical errors related to technology and better protect patients. The plan further builds on recommendations from a 2011 Institute of Medicine report and from public comments, based on proposals released in December.

3 keys to successful CPOE implementation

Training, support and managing anxiety are key to the implementation of computerized physician order entry systems, according to research published this week in  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Parkland errors inspire state-wide patient safety law

Urged by care failures at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a patient safety measure into law, The Dallas Morning News reported.