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10 strategies to improve patient safety

Hospitals are "strongly encouraged" to immediately adopt 10 strategies to improve patient safety, according to a research group headed by RAND Corp.

New vendor code of conduct for Athenahealth

Responding to the National Coordinator for Health IT's call for vendors to "step up" and agree to a code of conduct, EHR provider Athenahealth has proposed such a code at HIMSS13. The...

Deloitte, Intermountain team up on big data, analytics

Deloitte Consulting and Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare are teaming up in a five-year collaboration to help the healthcare industry harness big data and analytics to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, the pair announced this week. The collaboration will draw on Deloitte's professional services and informatics capabilities, and Intermountain's experience in capturing and using data to provide high-quality care at lower costs.

Teamwork leads to better hospital safety, care quality

When it comes to improving patient safety and care quality, teamwork--within hospitals and among hospitals--is necessary for success. For instance, a hospital can improve its safety culture through team training, according to a new study in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Residency program directors oppose shorter work day

Medical residents aren't the only ones unhappy with new 16-hour shifts; most (71.6 percent) program directors who manage interns and residents disapprove of the duty-hour limit.

10 technologies health execs should watch in 2013

The safety of electronic health records, imaging technology and alarms all are seen as significant issues that should be top of mind for healthcare executives in 2013, according to a new report unveiled this week by the ECRI Institute.

HIMSS, AHA support ONC's patient safety plan

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 issues for HIT systems a major safety concern

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.

Patient safety champs use evidenced-based care, data sharing

The Joint Commission (TJC) and National Quality Forum (NQF) yesterday honored the Houston health system and California health plan as quality and safety innovators.

7 hospitals fined $775K for patient safety violations

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.