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Hospital Quality

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

October 5, 2017 - 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 at the University of Chicago and the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. Medical errors are extremely prevalent, the poll of more than 2500 healthcare...


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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....

Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning Support 2017 Most Wired Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

A select group of hospitals and health systems that have fully committed to leveraging big data analytics, machine learning, and other advanced health IT systems are celebrating their designations as the American Hospital Association’s...

Precision Medicine Test for Bacteria May Aid Antibiotic Stewardship

by Jennifer Bresnick

Antibiotic stewardship – or the lack thereof – has become a major topic of concern among patient safety advocates as the number of deaths due to antibiotic-resistant infections each year consistently tops 20,000.  While standardized...

Brown Gets $1.1M to Study Medicare Post-Discharge Care Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Peterson Center on Healthcare has announced a two-year $1.1 million grant that will allow researchers at Brown University to study how to improve post-discharge care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries. The new initiative will combine...

UPenn Uses Machine Learning, EHRs to Target Severe Sepsis

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Health System have developed a machine learning tool that helps predict patients at highest risk for developing severe sepsis, a common and fast-moving killer in the inpatient setting. Using electronic...

Clinical Decision Support App May Cut CTs for Head Injuries

by Jennifer Bresnick

A clinical decision support (CDS) application that includes patient education and risk stratification may be able to reduce the delivery – and costs – of unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, says a new study in the Journal...

KLAS: Epic Systems, Cerner Lead EHR Vendors in Sepsis Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals searching for clinical analytics and patient surveillance tools for combating sepsis give high marks to functionalities provided by Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, KLAS Research says in a new report.  The two competitors,...

Patient Safety Errors are Common with Electronic Health Record Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health record users are highly prone to making medication errors that negatively impact patient safety, says the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in a recent report.  Close to 70 percent of all medication errors reach the...

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...

Healthcare Analytics Help Mercy Uncover Cost, Quality Insights

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every spring, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition brings tens of thousands of healthcare stakeholders together under one massive roof to share best practices, explore the latest innovations, and brainstorm new strategies for achieving the Triple...

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...

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