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ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

March 29, 2017 - As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released in 2014, aim to support providers as they optimize their electronic health record workflows to prevent adverse safety events and improve productivity....


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ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

by Jennifer Bresnick

As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

30-Day Patient Mortality Rates Drop During Hospital Inspections

by Jennifer Bresnick

30-day patient mortality rates notably drop in hospitals experiencing surprise quality inspections conducted by The Joint Commission (TJC), says an article from JAMA Internal Medicine, indicating that clinicians may not always be on their absolute...

EHRs, Clinical Decision Support Top 2017 Patient Safety Hazard List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Information management errors in electronic health records, incorrect use of clinical decision support, and poor prescribing habits are among the most dangerous health IT hazards for 2017, according to ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety...

Communities Tackle Opioid Abuse with EHRs, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The opioid abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities across the nation despite increased attention to physician prescribing habits, unauthorized drug access, and population health management strategies intended to reduce misuse of addictive...

EHR, CPOE “Value Chain” Begins and Ends with Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has had a difficult time finding value in electronic health records and other health IT tools, including computerized provider order entry (CPOE).  Despite claims that electronic documentation can improve patient...

Are Clinical Trials Diverse Enough to Ensure Patient Safety?

by Thomas Beaton

A new FDA report indicates that clinical trials may not be accurately representing real-world demographic patterns, leading to concerns that new drugs are not being accurately tested for patient safety and effectiveness.  Only 48 percent...

Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse

by Thomas Beaton

A new study in the Journal of Internet Medical Research indicates that monitoring social media feeds can provide clinicians and big data analytics professionals with valuable insight into potential drug misuse. Healthcare providers and community...

Genomics, Clinical Decision Support Combo Cuts ED Visits by 42%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers who combined genetic testing with a clinical decision support tool to treat home health patients using multiple medications were able to reduce hospital readmissions by 52 percent and cut ED visits by 42 percent, according to a study...

Three Finalists Named for $100,000 Population Health Prize

by Thomas Beaton

Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health have announced the final three organizations vying for the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize for population health management achievements. The three finalists include the American Heart...

CT Hospital, State Prescription Monitoring System Connect Via EHR

by Thomas Beaton

EHR users at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will be able to access data from the statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in order to aid clinical decision support and improve patient safety, the hospital announced this...

Health IT Helps CA Children’s Hospital Win HIMSS Davies Award

by Thomas Beaton

The Children's Hospital of Orange County has joined an elite group of HIMSS Davies Award winners by demonstrating commitment to patient safety and care quality while leveraging health IT tools at an advanced level.   "CHOC has made...

NQF Names Shantanu Agrawal New President and CEO

by Thomas Beaton

Former Deputy CMS Administrator Shantanu Agrawal, MD, will take over the reins of the National Quality Forum on January 20, 2017, the NQF announced this week.  Agrawal, who also served as Director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity,...

Avoidable Admissions for Long-Term Care Dual Eligibles Down 31%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Avoidable hospital admissions for long-term care residents eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have dropped by 31 percent over the past five years thanks to improvements in patient safety and the adoption of population health management techniques....

FDA Unveils Patient Safety Analytics Tool for Medical Research

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare stakeholders will be able to engage in patient safety research projects by connecting to Sentinel, the FDA’s electronic monitoring system, Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, announced this week. The new Innovation in Medical...

Hospitals Face Higher Costs, More ED Visits from Opioid Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the nation’s most pressing population health management issues, not only because of its toll on patients, but increasingly because of the financial impact on hospitals and the rest of the healthcare...

Can Healthcare Exploit the $7 Trillion Internet of Everything?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has piqued the healthcare industry’s interest as providers continue the search for nimble, accessible, and engaging big data tools to streamline the care delivery process. But providers and...

HHS: Patient Safety Efforts Save 125K Lives, $28B in Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are down and patient safety is continuing its steady rise as healthcare organizations keep pushing forward with quality improvement programs, many of which originated with the Affordable Care Act. From 2010...

Groups Laud Health IT, Public Health Clauses of 21st Century Cures Act

by Jennifer Bresnick

UPDATE: President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act may have been primarily billed as a research stimulus package aimed at expanding the nation’s investment in precision medicine...

Sepsis “Sniffer” Brings Predictive Analytics to Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis stinks, but the Sepsis “Sniffer” Algorithm (SSA), a predictive analytics tool developed at the Mayo Clinic, is a promising tool for helping clinicians identify high-risk patients more quickly an accurately than manual methodologies....

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