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Dr. Robert Wachter on Healthcare's Digital Transformation: "We Haven't Seen Anything Yet"

December 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the New York eHealth Collaborative's (NYeC) Digital Health Conference, Robert Wachter, M.D., reflected on healthcare's digital journey while outlining the critical factors for industry success going forward.

AHA Outlines Healthcare Policy Priorities in Letter to President-Elect Trump

December 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has written a letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining the organization’s public policy priorities for the new administration—including reducing regulatory burden for providers and continuing to advance health...

At Aurora Health Care, Telehealth Use is Improving ER Patient Flow

December 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Challenged by long wait times in its emergency rooms, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Aurora Health Care deployed a telemedicine solution in one of its hospitals with the aim of improving ER patient flow and has seen a 75 percent reduction in door-to-doctor wait times.

An Advisory Board Company Expert on Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Performance Improvement

November 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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John Kontor, M.D., of The Advisory Board Company, has been advising the leaders of numerous patient care organizations on projects that are moving ahead with advanced work in clinical performance improvement

During Congressional Hearing, Security Experts Cite Need for IoT Security Regulations

November 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The lack of adequate security standards for connected devices poses significant risks to the country’s digital infrastructure and could result in serious consequences if cyberattacks target medical devices in particular, according to several security experts...

Empowering Nurses to Address the Persistent Challenge of Medication Errors

November 15, 2016  |  Katherine Kenny, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic affairs, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
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Medication learning tools provide nurses with the tools and technology that help them better recognize potential for medication error before the point of need.

Infusion Errors, Poor Software Management among Top 10 Health Technology Hazards

November 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The ECRI Institute rated infusion errors, missed ventilator alarms and poor software management as some of the top health technology safety hazards for 2017.

Pew Analysis: Despite ONC’s EHR Oversight, Patient Safety Issues Persist

November 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to a new analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts, despite the ONC's new regulations on electronic health record (EHR) oversight, gaps will persist that could put patients at risk.

ECRI Institute Receives $3M Grant for Health IT Safety Initiative

November 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $3 million to ECRI Institute for a three-year effort to boost the safe design, implementation, and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology.

At Small, Rural Hospitals, Telepharmacy Technology is Advancing Pharmacy Practice

November 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Just as with many other areas of hospital operations, healthcare leaders are increasingly adopting and implementing IT solutions within pharmacy departments to streamline medication-management systems, improve workflow and increase patient safety.

UK Health System Shut Down IT Systems, Cancelled Operations Due to Computer Virus

November 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust had shut down almost all of its IT systems this past week, resulting in a mass cancellation of operations and outpatient appointments, following the discovery of a computer virus on Sunday, according to media...

AHRQ Developing New Patient Safety Surveillance Tool

October 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.

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