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Hospital Quality

Will Clinical Decision Support, Health IT Cut Diagnostic Errors?

March 14, 2018 - Healthcare professionals are continually being asked to do more with less.  With more patients but less time; more data but fewer meaningful tools to help them process it, it seems almost inevitable that diagnostic errors and patient safety shortfalls will creep into a system under stress. While some of these errors can be fixed quickly with a phone call apologizing for misreading a test...


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Vendors Push Big Data Analytics, but Hospitals Focus on Safety, Security

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS - Vendors and healthcare providers are not seeing eye to eye on their top priorities for 2018, according to the latest HIMSS US Leadership and Workforce Survey released at HIMSS18 today. While vendors and consulting firms are eager...

EHR, Lab Data Support Pediatric AKI Analytics Dashboard

by Jennifer Bresnick

At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, reducing the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) is an exercise in elegant analytical simplicity.  Without extra funding, new vendors, or a massive organizational effort, Dr. Kanwal...

Big Data Analytics, Governance Align CHI’s 100+ Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter what their scope or scale, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with developing the data analytics and governance competencies to gain much-needed visibility into their opportunities to improve. Organizations big and small...

VA to Get “Aggressive” with Hospital Quality Improvement Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking an “aggressive new approach” to improving hospital quality at more than a dozen of its lowest-performing healthcare facilities, officials announced this week. Fifteen medical centers...

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 see a...

Machine Learning Can Flag Adverse Drug Events in Unstructured Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Applying natural language processing and machine learning techniques to unstructured data can help to identify adverse drug events (ADEs) in medical literature and social media postings, says a new article in JMIR Medical Informatics. With 92.7...

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 the...

Using Business Intelligence to Fine-Tune Operating Room Utilization

by Jennifer Bresnick

Surgical space is a finite resource for hospitals and health systems, and it is also one of the most important.  Long wait times for an operating room are simply unacceptable for most physicians and their patients, especially when emergency...

Machine Learning Offers Timely Predictive Analytics for AKI

by Jennifer Bresnick

A machine learning algorithm may help make it easier and quicker for providers to detect acute kidney injury (AKI) in hospitalized patients, according to a new study published in bioRxiv.  The machine learning approach was more accurate...

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 to a...

21% of Patients See Medical Errors, but Providers Deny Responsibility

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just over a fifth of patients have experienced medical errors at some point during their care, yet healthcare providers are reluctant to speak openly about mistakes or take responsibility for improper actions, according to a new survey from NORC...

CA Children’s Hospitals Win Davies Award for Analytics, Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient safety improvements supported by big data analytics and health IT tools have secured the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. The hospitals improved safety...

How Many Emergency Department Visits are Really Avoidable?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing emergency department utilization is a top goal for many population health management and value-based care initiatives, but how many trips to the ED could actually be classified as “avoidable” in the first place? According...

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Data is Key to Healthcare Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Considering that the ultimate goal of healthcare is to help patients live high-quality, productive lives, it would seem that patient-reported outcomes data should be the foundation upon which all quality improvement efforts are built.  Yet...

ICU Admissions from Opioid Overdoses Increase 34% Since 2009

by Jennifer Bresnick

The number of opioid overdoses requiring admission to intensive care has skyrocketed by more than a third since 2009, bringing higher death rates and significantly more spending on high-intensity hospital care, according to a new study from the...

Nutrition Risk Assessment Saves $4.8M, Cuts Hospital Readmissions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Implementing a patient nutrition care program at four Chicago-area hospitals helped Advocate Health Care accrue more than $4.8 million dollars in savings by reducing hospital readmissions and shortening inpatient stays, according to a new article...

ACA Uncertainty Won’t Alter Population Health Focus for Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the endless political wrangling over the Affordable Care Act and the uncertainty created by the White House’s obfuscation about continued marketplace funding, population health management isn’t slipping down the priority list...

Decision Support, Big Data Analytics Reduce Hospital Blood Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics and the implementation of clinical decision support guidelines can help hospitals and health systems reduce unnecessary blood use and associated spending, according to a pair of new studies released this week. At a cost of...

Geisinger, Baylor Granted $3.5M for Patient Safety Learning Lab

by Jennifer Bresnick

Geisinger Health System and the Baylor College of Medicine have received a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a patient safety learning lab focused on reducing harm and improving clinical accuracy....

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