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Satisfaction High with Epic, Cerner Clinical Surveillance Tools

December 3, 2018 - Clinical surveillance tools are generally doing a good job of alerting providers to sudden patient downturns and delivering meaningful decision support, yet optimizing these health IT tools to produce positive results isn’t always easy. According to a new report from KLAS, clinical surveillance tools can be a challenge to use and may be missing key functionalities, which could...


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Predicting Pressure Injuries with Machine Learning, EHR Data

by Jessica Kent

Fueled by EHR data, machine learning tools have shown potential in improving several areas of care delivery, including sepsis prediction, chronic disease management, and cancer detection. As providers increasingly experience financial...

Predictive Analytics, EHR Big Data Reduce Sepsis Mortality by 18%

by Jessica Kent

At North Oaks Health System in Hammond, Louisiana, researchers have used big data from the Epic electronic health record (EHR) to develop a predictive analytics tool that has reduced sepsis mortality by 18 percent. According to the CDC,...

71% of Veterans Affairs Hospitals Improve on Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nearly three-quarters of Veterans Affairs hospitals have improved on care quality and certain patient outcomes measures, according to the latest data from the VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report...

CMS Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save $2.9B

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report showing that CMS-led patient safety initiatives have reduced hospital-acquired conditions, helping to prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion in...

751 Orgs Get Medicare Penalties for Hospital Acquired Conditions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare has penalized 751 of the nation’s hospitals and health systems for high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) such as preventable falls, infections, and pressure ulcers. Organizations included on the list will...

FDA Antibiotic Stewardship Tool Offers Centralized Data Resource

by Jessica Kent

The FDA has launched a new antibiotic stewardship system that will serve as a centralized data resource for antimicrobial drugs while providing physicians with the most up-to-date information to improve patient safety. The web pages offer...

EHR Analytics Track C. Diff Patients to Flag Infection Trends

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using electronic health record (EHR) data to track the movements of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) patients throughout the hospital can help to highlight the risks of infection for future patients sharing the same spaces, according...

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...

$347M in CMS Grants to Improve Patient Safety, Care Quality

by Nathan Boroyan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is investing $347 million to improve patient safety by reducing the number of hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. The funds will be...

Big Data Shows Gender-Based Medical Error, Patient Safety Patterns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics tools are helping researchers at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) unearth patient safety patterns hidden within 2.5 million reports on medical errors and near-miss events. The PSA found that male and...

Antibiotic Stewardship, Patient Safety Plans Get Industry Support

by Jennifer Bresnick

A proposed CMS rule to require antibiotic stewardship programs and improved patient safety techniques in hospitals is receiving widespread industry support.  The Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as 6500 private citizens and 22 public...

EHR Adoption May Not Reduce Patient Safety, But Does It Help?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The lengthy, convoluted process of industry-wide electronic health record (EHR) adoption has produced a large number of concerns about how this new technology will impact patient safety, especially in the hospital setting, where a...

CMS Rule to Raise Patient Safety, Hospital Quality, Care Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new proposed rule announced by CMS this week aims to address several critical lingering gaps in the nation’s efforts to improve patient safety, raise hospital quality, and increase access to services for many traditionally...

Is Hospital Safety Culture Needed to Improve Patient Safety?

by Sara Heath

A focus on hospital safety culture may not be a conclusive indicator of lower rates of adverse patient outcomes and patient safety, shows a recent study published in BMJ Quality and Safety. A research team, spearheaded by Dr. Jennifer...

CMS Focuses on Patient Safety with Hospital Improvement Plan

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has overseen a number of significant patient safety improvements in the past few years, but the agency isn’t finished with its efforts to reduce preventable patient harm.   In a CMS blog post today, Chief Medical Officer...

Patient Safety Improvements Could Cut Avoidable Deaths by 50%

by Sara Heath

A focus on patient safety improvements could potentially reduce half of all hospital-caused deaths in low-rated hospitals, according to a recent report from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins...

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