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Hospital Acquired Conditions, Patient Safety Hold Steady in 2014


Key hospital quality and patient safety metrics, including the rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), certain infections, and adverse drug events (ADEs), have not seen significant change from 2013 to 2014.  However, these events remain...

Big Data Visualization Improves ED Patient Flow, Satisfaction


“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is a familiar and powerful adage for data scientists and statisticians across many different industries, but it’s a message that the healthcare system is just starting...

Joint Commission Hospital Quality Performance Dips in 2014


The percentage of healthcare organizations earning the Joint Commission’s top hospital quality rating has dropped slightly over the past year, decreasing from 37 percent of facilities in 2013 to just 31.5 percent in the most recent performance...

EHRs, Alarm Fatigue Remain Top ECRI Patient Safety Concerns


EHRs may be changing the healthcare industry at a lightning pace, but it appears that the patient safety downsides of health IT, including alarm fatigue and workflow struggles, remain sadly the same.  These issues, along with patient monitoring...

IOM: Use EHRs More Efficiently for Patient Safety, Diagnostics


Electronic health records and clinical decision support functionalities can be vital tools for providers during the process of diagnosis, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a new report, but healthcare organizations must learn how to leverage...

Care Coordination, Quality Care Can Increase Patient Loyalty


In the healthcare industry, ensuring patient consumer loyalty to a certain healthcare provider is critical not only for organization finances, but for physician reputation and job fulfillment as well. But what are the key factors in consumer...

Health IT Helps Hospitals Win Quality, Patient Safety Awards


Intelligent and efficient use of clinical analytics and other health IT tools has figured highly in a series of care quality and patient safety awards doled out this summer by organizations including Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the...

CMS Turns to Value-Based Reimbursement, Data Analytics at 50


Medicare has experienced its fair share of ups and downs during the first fifty years of its life, but former CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, believes the massive public insurance program is just getting started.  In an interview...

EHR Adoption, Health IT Use Improve Patient Safety, ONC Says


Widespread EHR adoption and the short-term impacts of meaningful use are measurably improving patient safety, the Office of the National Coordinator says in a new issue brief.  Despite ongoing concerns about transcription errors and poor...

Is the New CMS Hospital Quality Rating System Fair, Accurate?


CMS has given the nation’s hospitals lower-than-expected marks on their new report cards thanks to an overhaul of the way hospital quality scores are being calculated.  With the patient experience placed front and center in the new...

Obama Signs Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal, Ending an Era


Yesterday, President Obama put his pen to one of the most significant pieces of healthcare legislation since the Affordable Care Act.  The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate repeal, passed in landslide votes by the House and the Senate, will simplify...

Nurse Informaticists Have “Direct Positive Impact” on Patient Care


Nurse informaticists are integral to the data analytics and health IT implementation strategies of healthcare organizations, says the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey released at HIMSS15 this week, and they produce a measurably positive...

EHR Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top Patient Safety Risks


Poor EHR data integrity, overwhelming alerts, and a number of potential hazards related to inadequate care coordination topped the ECRI Institute’s latest list of critical patient safety concerns. The annual list, which is often flooded with...

Clinical Analytics, EHR Alerts Increase Drug Safety by 80%


The use of clinical analytics and EHR alerts to identify potential adverse drug events helped Marshfield Clinic cut down on nearly 80 percent of possible instances where a prescription may have caused patient harm, finds a study published this...

SGR Fix to Simplify Quality Reporting, Value-Based Payments


In an annual battle that has flared up every spring since 1997, Congress is once again considering the repeal and replacement of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), and this year’s potential legislation has significant impacts on CMS...

Hospital Readmissions Fall When Big Data Meets Patient Care


When it comes to big data, it’s tempting to think that all the answers to healthcare’s most expensive and significant problems, like reducing preventable hospital readmissions, are simply hidden somewhere within the zeroes and ones.  While...

Medical Device Integration a Key Concern for Patient Safety


Even though patient monitoring devices are among the most basic, essential, and frequently used tools in healthcare, medical device integration is a subject that has been largely relegated to second-tier status as healthcare organizations continue...

Data Analytics May Improve Hospital-Acquired Conditions Rate


According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection directly causes approximately 15,000 deaths out of approximately half a million infections each year. However, through...

PCMH Care Coordination Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions


Providing cooperative, community-based post-discharge care coordination for elderly patients can help to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, finds a study published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Patients aged 60...

Hospital Acquired Infections Kill 2, Put Dozens at Risk in CA


UCLA Health System is dealing with a major superbug crisis after carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), spread by dirty endoscopes, was implicated in the deaths of two patients and the sickening of seven more.  With up to 170 patients...


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