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Friend or Foe? “Indoor GPS” for Healthcare

July 16, 2015  |  Joe Bormel, M.D.
commentary
Indoor GPS makes Wayfinding easy and hiding bad handwashing practices hard. Extending continuous, location-based services from street maps to inside buildings is now happening. Some of the inevitable implications for health and care transformation are clear cut...

Next Generation Technologies at the HIMSS Conference

April 30, 2015  |  Joe Bormel
commentary
There were several surprises for me this year around geomapping and location-based services in general. It changed and advanced my thinking, both about information technology in retail consumer services, as well as healthcare population management analytics...

AHRQ Funds Study on Impact of EHRs and MU Criteria in ERs

October 31, 2014  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded a study to investigate the impact of electronic health records (EHRs) and meaningful use criteria on emergency department workflow at two New York City hospitals.

Premier Inc. Buys Clinical Surveillance Software

August 5, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
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The Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc. has acquired TheraDoc, a provider of surveillance software, for $117 million in cash, the company announced this week.

Infection Surveillance Systems Poised for Growth, Report Finds

July 15, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
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Infection surveillance systems, outreach services and patient acuity are poised for growth, according to a recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics report.

Cleaner Hands, Lower HAIs, When Healthcare Workers Know Hand Hygiene Auditors are Present

July 9, 2014  |  John DeGaspari
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Hand hygiene rates were found to be three times higher when auditors were visible to healthcare workers than when there were no auditors present, according to a study in a Canadian acute care hospital.

How Community Hospital Used Health IT to Conquer MERS

June 12, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna
article
It was not the best place to be in. Community Hospital had the distinct notoriety of having the first patient in the U.S. with a confirmed case of MERS, a deadly viral respiratory illness that can spread like wildfire. In making sure that didn’t happen the...

Moving Forward on Medication Administration Safety at Billings Clinic

April 26, 2014  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Billings Clinic in Montana, Jacob Thiesse, PharmD, has been spearheading an important interoperability initiative that is improving medication administration-driven patient safety

The Ultimate Safety Net: EMR and Infusion Pump Interoperability

November 27, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
article
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, a 381-bed facility in Minneapolis, has integrated the hospital’s infusion pump system and electronic medical record (EMR). The resulting technology, done via barcode scanning, has helped the hospital cut down on...

Many Mobile Weight Loss Apps Stop Short of Behavior Change

October 8, 2013  |  John DeGaspari
news
Mobile apps to help people lose weight are lacking when it comes to strategies for changing behaviors, according to a study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine., UMass Medical School behavioral psychologist and weight loss expert Sherry...

Zebra Technologies—The Virtual Voice of Healthcare

April 22, 2013  | 
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Hear Andy Tippet of Zebra Technologies explain how they have developed a wide selection of barcode solutions to respond to a hospital’s unique challenges, providing a “virtual voice” of communication that correctly identifies a patient’s medical history, lab...

Surgical 'Never Events' Occur at Least 4,000 Times per Year: Report

December 19, 2012  |  John DeGaspari
news
In an analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the...

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