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Precision Medicine Approach Reduces Heart Failure Mortality by 50%

November 15, 2018 - A precision medicine approach cut mortality rates for high-risk heart failure patients by 48 percent, and 30-day hospital readmissions by 25 percent, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. Researchers applied a team-based care method guided by personalized patient risk scores across eight of Intermountain Healthcare’s largest hospitals....


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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...

80% of CMIOs Say Medication Management Boosts Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

More than 80 percent of CMIOs believe medication management initiatives are actively helping to reduce the number of adverse drug events that can threaten patient safety, according to a recent survey from the Association of Medical...

10 High-Value Use Cases for Predictive Analytics in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As healthcare organizations develop more sophisticated big data analytics capabilities, they are beginning to move from basic descriptive analytics towards the realm of predictive insights. Predictive analytics may only be the second of...

Top 4 Ways Providers, Vendors Can Improve EHR Usability

by Jessica Kent

The arrival of the electronic health record (EHR) in healthcare has brought just as many challenges as it has benefits, with patient advocates often citing poor EHR usability as the root cause of adverse patient safety events. To enhance...

3 Steps to Reduce Diagnostic, Medication Errors with EHRs, APIs

by Jessica Kent

Health IT has become an integral part of the care continuum, offering the promise of optimal, standardized care delivery. However, poor development and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) can contribute to adverse patient...

Workflow Standards Key for Improved EHR Usability, Safety

by Jessica Kent

Health IT developers and providers should work together and define workflow and implementation strategies to enhance electronic health record (EHR) usability and safety, according to a study conducted by MedStar Health and the American...

Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

by Jessica Kent

Nearly forty-six percent of urgent care center visits resulting in an antibiotic prescription were for conditions that do not call for antibiotic treatment , revealing that more robust antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) may be...

EHR Natural Language Processing Errors Bring Patient Safety Concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Speech recognition software that leverages natural language processing (NLP) to create clinical documentation has become increasingly popular among EHR users, but the potential for errors that lead to patient safety issues may be a matter...

54% of Healthcare Pros Expect Widespread AI Adoption in 5 Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

Artificial intelligence is quickly gaining steam in the healthcare industry as pilots and limited deployments start to prove their value.  The progression of AI is so swift that more than half of healthcare professionals surveyed by...

HHS Names Accelerators for Artificial Intelligence Innovation

by Jessica Kent

HHS has selected eight accelerators to drive artificial intelligence innovation to enhance health security and patient care. The chosen accelerators include the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center of Lowell, First Flight...

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...

ONC Offers $80K for Tools to Improve EHR Reporting for Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

ONC is offering $80,000 in prize money to developers who can create a simple, intuitive method for reporting patient safety concerns through the electronic health record.   “Reporting on the safe use of health IT –...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology...

Groups Urge ONC, AHRQ to Support Health IT Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

ECRI Institute, the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS), the Bipartisan Quality Center (BPC), and The Pew Charitable Trusts have established a shared vision for a nationwide health IT patient safety collaborative...

Opioid Abuse, Diagnostic Errors Top 2018 Patient Safety Hazards

by Jessica Kent

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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