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Decision Support, Big Data Analytics Reduce Hospital Blood Use

July 25, 2017 - 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 more than $1000 per unit, blood transfusions are a costly part of caring for surgical patients and represent an opportunity to accrue financial savings...


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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...

Mental Health Patients Receive Half of All Opioid Prescriptions

by Jennifer Bresnick

While patients with recognized mental health issues comprise just over 15 percent of the US population, these individuals receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions from providers, according to a new study published in the Journal...

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...

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...

Unique Device Identifiers in Claims Could Aid Healthcare Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Adding unique device identifiers (UDIs) to claims data could significant improve patient safety and healthcare analytics, argues a new letter to CMS and the FDA, and speeding up the regulatory process requiring the change “would equip patients,...

New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are...

Penn Med. Population Health Analytics Dashboard Wins ECRI Prize

by Jennifer Bresnick

A population health analytics dashboard that brings big data to the point of care has secured the ECRI Institute’s 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. The health IT tool, called...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

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...

IBM Patents Machine Learning Model for Pharmaceutical Discovery

by Jennifer Bresnick

Machine learning is quickly making inroads across the healthcare industry, from clinical care to pharmaceutical discovery.  The latest development on the journey from big data aggregation to true artificial intelligence comes from IBM Research,...

ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

by Jennifer Bresnick

As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released...

ACP: Use Population Health to Combat Opioids, Substance Abuse

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry must collaborate with the broader public health community to take a population health management approach to combating opioid misuse and substance abuse, states the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position...

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...

Communities Tackle Opioid Abuse with EHRs, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The opioid abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities across the nation despite increased attention to physician prescribing habits, unauthorized drug access, and population health management strategies intended to reduce misuse of addictive...

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...

Are Clinical Trials Diverse Enough to Ensure Patient Safety?

by Thomas Beaton

A new FDA report indicates that clinical trials may not be accurately representing real-world demographic patterns, leading to concerns that new drugs are not being accurately tested for patient safety and effectiveness.  Only 48 percent...

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