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KLAS Report Examines Adoption of Sepsis Solutions and Impact on Outcomes

April 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Sepsis detection and treatment is taking a big step forward as providers increasingly utilize surveillance and monitoring technology available through electronic medical records (EMR) vendors and third-party providers, according to a new report by KLAS Research.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report: Patient Safety Improving, but Critical Work Remains

April 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Leapfrog Group has released its spring 2017 hospital safety grades this week, with the results showing that two-thirds of the more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals measured received either an “A” or a “B” for patient care safety.

ONC Launches Health Data Provenance Challenge

April 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has launched a challenge to the industry to help identify the current capabilities and methods used by the industry to convey the provenance of health data as it is used to support clinical care.

HIMSS, Other Stakeholders Urge Congress to Address Barriers to Patient Data Matching

April 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to House and Senate Appropriators, the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), along with 25 other healthcare organizations, is urging the inclusion of report language to accompany the FY18 Labor-HHS spending bill...

Center for Medical Interoperability Opens Headquarters in Nashville

April 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Center for Medical Interoperability officially opened its headquarters this week and launched a testing and certification laboratory with the aim of improving patient safety and care.

At Augusta University Health, Wearable Technology Enables Real-Time Monitoring of At-Risk Patients

April 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) has taken a leap forward into connected health innovation to leverage medical-grade wearable technology to improve patient monitoring, particularly for at-risk patients in low-acuity settings.

One Industry Expert’s Perspectives on the Work of Clinical Transformation

April 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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When it comes to considering the potential for clinical transformation in U.S. healthcare, it really is about clinical redesign—facilitated by leading-edge IT—says Nancy Lakier, R.N., of Novia Strategies

ONC Updates SAFER Guides to Address EHR Safety

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published updated safety best practices, called the Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER) Guides, to identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use...

A Canadian Hospital Leverages IT to Optimize the Prevention of “Code Blues”

March 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario, leaders have leveraged leading-edge IT to help optimize processes around monitoring patients in deterioration and averting “code blue” emergencies

PA Patient Safety Report: HIT Contributed to 889 Medication-Error Events in Six Months

March 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the first six months of 2016, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities reported 889 medication-error events that indicated health IT as a contributing factor, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Eight Health IT Companies Upgrade to Second Version of EHR Developer Code of Conduct

March 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Eight electronic health record (EHR) developers, including Cerner, Epic and Allscripts, have signed on to the second iteration of the EHR Association’s EHR Developer Code of Conduct.

Two Healthcare Non-Profits Focused on Patient Safety Announce Merger Plans

March 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announced plans this week to merge their organizations, effective May 1.

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