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Opioid Abuse, Diagnostic Errors Top 2018 Patient Safety Hazards

March 15, 2018 - Opioid abuse, diagnostic errors, and poorly designed health IT systems are among the top hazards on ECRI Institute’s 2018 list of patient safety concerns. Opioid abuse is ranked second this year, up from its seventh-place spot on the 2017 list. While ECRI emphasized opioid administration issues in acute care settings last year, this year the organization stresses that misuse of opioids...

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Will Clinical Decision Support, Health IT Cut Diagnostic Errors?

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

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...

Congress Urged to Incentivize Combating Antibiotic Resistance

by Jessica Kent

Congress should consider offering economic incentives for the development of new antibiotic drugs that can combat the threat of antibiotic resistance, states a letter recently released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Can Aid Antibiotic Stewardship

by Jessica Kent

To effectively implement antibiotic stewardship programs, hospitals should boost operations with health IT tools, improve data interoperability and data resources, and expand beyond traditional stewardship organizational models, according to...

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...

New Automated System Prevents Medication Administration Errors

by Jessica Kent

A real-time automated system showed significant improvement over current practices in identifying medication errors, according to a study published in JAMIA. Ni et al. developed a real-time medication administration error (MAE) detection system...

AHRQ to Grant $5M for Big Data Patient Safety Learning Labs

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) plans to spend up to $5 million to fund the creation and utilization of patient safety learning laboratories that leverage big data analytics to improve clinical care. The organization is...

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...

Pew: EHR Usability Concerns May Still Impact Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

Electronic health records are quickly becoming the standard way clinicians track and retrieve patient information, but EHR usability can put patient safety in jeopardy, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. EHRs are a critical...

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...

How Soon Will Healthcare Connect Machine Learning with Consumers?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have taken the healthcare industry by storm as innovators offer tempting visions of sophisticated clinical decision support, smoother EHR workflows, and more intuitive consumer-provider relationships...

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...

EHR Usability Shortfalls May Up Pediatric Patient Safety Risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR usability and design flaws may be putting pediatric patient safety at risk, and must be addressed by vendors and rule makers in order to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to children, says a coalition of healthcare stakeholders in...

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...


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