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Room for Improvement in Bar Code Administration, Leapfrog Report Finds

April 12, 2018  |  David Raths
Almost every U.S. hospital has implemented bar code medication administration (BCMA), but a new report found that only 34.5 percent fully meet all four requirements for deploying the technology effectively.

In a Rural New Mexico Clinic, Leveraging IT to Optimize Patient and Activity Flow

April 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Dan Hamilton, COO of the Nor-Lea Hospital District in rural southeastern New Mexico, has been leading an IT-facilitated initiative that is optimizing patient and activity flow in a rural outpatient clinic setting

New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Revalidated as EMRAM Stage 7

January 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Due to its use of RFID technology to improve patient care and outcomes, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYPBMH) has received acute care Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Friend or Foe? “Indoor GPS” for Healthcare

July 16, 2015  |  Joe Bormel, M.D.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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  | 
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
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...

Protecting Patient Identity

July 20, 2011  |  Gwyndle Kravec
The Social Security number (SSN) has evolved over the years from an identification number used primarily when enrolling for Social Security benefits to its present status as the de facto national identifier-and a prime target for identity thieves. Widely used...

RFID Tracking at Conferences

May 5, 2011  |  David Raths
A recent trend at industry conferences is the embedding of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags into conference badges. Most attendees are probably unaware of the tracking. Yet some attendees have expressed resentment about having their movements tracked,...

Keeping Track

February 21, 2011  |  John Degaspari
Barcodes are a proven technology for reducing medication administration errors, while RFID tags show promise for tracking of assets as well as personnel and patients. Yet implementation has been slow, as hospitals struggle with cost and complexity issues.

When Technology Fits the Bill

February 17, 2011  |  John DeGaspari
There are plenty of potential applications for RFID in hospitals. Deciding where the technology makes the most sense requires taking into consideration the costs, benefits and the hospital’s existing infrastructure. One hospital that has spent considerable time...

Barcoding at the Point-of-Care

February 3, 2011  | 
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Mark Neuenschwander, an expert in drug dispensing automation and an advocate for the use of barcode point-of-care systems in hospitals. His goal, he says, is to “get the nation collectively off the dime and to do...

Study Finds Electronic Pill Bottle Promising

June 24, 2010  | 
The Boston-based Center for Connect Health, a division of Partners Healthcare, have announced initial findings of a medication adherence study which

Right on Track

March 28, 2010  |  Kate Huvane Gamble
With all of the issues C-suite leaders have dealt with over the past year or so, from mergers to meaningful use, it's understandable that certain IT projects have been placed on the backburner. But as organizations move forward, smart CIOs are looking...

Follow that Pump

February 25, 2009  |  Mark Hagland
With so many health systems facing financial difficulties, there is increasing demand for techniques that can cut costs without requiring a significant outlay of resources. One method being utilized by a small number of facilities to more effectively allocate...

Tracking Technologies

February 1, 2009  |  Kate Huvane Gamble
Asset tracking has come a long way. And while some organizations monitor the trends, those who have adopted the technology are seeing cost-saving benefits.

Wired for Safety

September 25, 2008  |  Kate Huvane
Fran Turisco In June, a report stated that radio frequency identification (RFID) tags used by hospitals to track devices such as IV pumps and
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