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

June 5, 2017 - 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 claims analytics with site visits to high-performing health systems in order to better understand how high-needs patients travel through the care continuum...


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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...

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...

Enthusiasm for Cutting Admissions May Harm Medicare Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing the number of hospital admissions resulting from emergency department visits is a major cost-cutting goal for healthcare organizations, but Medicare patients may not benefit much from the indiscriminate application of this policy. New...

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....

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...

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....

How Patient Safety Organizations Encourage Data Collection, Quality Care

by Judy Klein

Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of discussion in the healthcare industry today. From impact on the patients themselves to the bottom lines for organizations – healthcare organizations and providers are constantly striving...

Alarm Fatigue, Health IT Woes Top ECRI 2017 Patient Safety List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Alarm fatigue, software and monitoring errors, and inadequate cleaning and processing of reusable medical devices once again reign on ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety hazard list.  While electronic health records themselves have...

Using Big Data Analytics, Systems Engineering to Tackle Sepsis

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis is a silent and shockingly effective killer, causing mortality in close to a third of patients, but researchers at North Carolina State University are planning to make big data analytics an even more powerful force than this insidious,...

How Big Data Velocity Informs Population Health, Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

During many healthcare encounters, especially in the hospital setting, speed can be the difference between life and death.  Patients with serious conditions often require immediate interventions when vital signs drop or complications occur,...

ECRI: “Most If Not All” Patient Identification Errors Preventable

by Nathan Boroyan

The majority of patient identification errors, including wrong-patient errors, may be preventable with a few key changes to provider processes, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Organization. An increase...

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 female patients...

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