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Hospital-Acquired Conditions Cases Plummet: Good News, on Multiple Fronts

January 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
One area in which progress appears to be steady in U.S. healthcare has been in efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, particularly hospital-acquired conditions—as noted in a report published in December by HHS

For Hospitals, Patient Misidentification Impacts Patient Safety, Productivity and the Bottom Line

December 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
Patient misidentification costs clinicians close to 30 minutes in wasted time per shift and contributes to 35 percent of all medical claims being denied, according to a recent survey of care providers compiled by The Ponemon Institute.

AAFP Calls on 115th Congress to Fund Health Programs, Support AHRQ

December 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the 115th Congress to fund and support health, workforce and research programs, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

HHS: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Have Dropped 21 Percent Since 2010

December 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that national patient safety efforts have helped to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 21 percent since 2010, with hospital patients experiencing 3 million fewer...

One Expert’s Insights into Reducing Unwarranted Clinical Variation

December 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Nancy Lakier, R.N., the founder and CEO of Novia Strategies, discusses her decades-long work around uncovering and eliminating unwarranted variation in clinical care—and what healthcare IT leaders need to know about their role in this work

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

December 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
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
article
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
article
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
article
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
article
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
article
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
news
The ECRI Institute rated infusion errors, missed ventilator alarms and poor software management as some of the top health technology safety hazards for 2017.

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