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Interoperability, patient safety key to ONC budget

The $75 million allocated for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in President Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget will increase focus on interoperability and patient safety,...

3 steps to make hospital alarms safer, more effective

Technical failure and alarm fatigue continue to plague hospitals but three steps are all that organizations need to take to make alarms safer and more effective, according to an opinion piece published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

How technology in the pharmacy can boost med safety

By Steve Kessinger, Cape Coral Hospital "Optimizing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management" is our pharmacy department's purpose. Let me elaborate on our...

Residency duty-hour limits have no effect on patient safety

Limits to the number of hours residents can work in a shift have made no difference in patient safety outcomes, according to research published in the  Journal of Hospital Medicine.  

Less ER image testing saves money, improves patient safety

In an effort to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient safety, some hospitals and physicians want to use less high-tech imaging in emergency rooms, and look for simpler, lower-risk diagnostic techniques, the  Wall Street Journal  reported.

Patient safety progress 'excruciatingly slow,' expert says

Patient safety progress is "excruciatingly slow," mainly because hospitals lack incentive to improve care and performance measures often miss the mark, one health expert told  Forbes

Hospital bullies pose a danger to patient safety

Disrespectful doctors create a "bullying culture" in hospitals, which organizations must address to improve patient care, argues a column in  Aeon  Magazine.

BIDMC to focus on tools for preventing harm, engaging families in ICUs

With a $5.3 million grant, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center plans to create digital tools to further eliminate preventable harm in the intensive care unit and better engage with patients and...

Hospitals rank alarm fatigue as top patient safety concern

Nineteen out of 20 hospitals surveyed rank alarm fatigue as a top patient safety concern, according to the results of a national survey presented last week at the annual meeting of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia

Are hospital faucets putting patients at risk?

Water taps in hospitals are full of bacteria, increasing the risk of infection in immunocompromised patients, according to a new study published in  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology