Atlanta, Georgia, March 7, 2011—Hospitals finally have an alternative to saline irrigation with the introduction of IrriSept®, the first and only FDA-cleared wound debridement and cleansing system containing chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG).
Interoperability and Actionable Intelligence: Future Requirements, Current Possibilities
Government requirements for “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) have focused national attention on the need to integrate and computerize a patient’s medical records to improve performance and support patient care processes.
Standards for Medical Device Interoperability and Integration
At the point-of-care, medical devices provide clinicians with real-time status of the patient’s condition, including the patient’s vital signs. This data is vital for treatment and can be a critical aspect of patient safety since it provides near real-time surveillance of patient status to locations beyond the patient’s bedside.
The Case for Regulating EMRs
Papers reporting serious adverse events (Nebeker, 2005; Yong, 2005) relating to the use of commercial healthcare IT (HIT) applications received significant publicity in 2005. Many of the reports at that time focused on the configuration of decision support systems used in computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports that patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) brain perfusion scans were accidentally exposed to excess radiation.
For the first time ever, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals have access to an interactive tool that simplifies the process for solving the most persistent health care quality and safety problems that exist within our health care system.
Vision Facilities Management Limited, a leading provider of integrated healthcare asset management software, announces the launch of a new two-way communication interface with ECRI Institute that will significantly improve the ability of hospital staff to manage medical device safety alerts and recalls.
ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, and its technology subcontractor, Silverchair, announce the relaunch of two key healthcare Web sites they have developed for the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
In July, Delaware Governor Markell signed a set of nine bills that tighten oversight of physicians and increase protection of children in medical care. Known collectively as The Bradley Bills, Delaware’s new legislation is the most comprehensive of its kind in the country and is named after a physician pedophile who got away with sexual abuse or rape of more than 100 children over the course of 10 years, while fellow physicians, hospitals, government agencies, and others looked the other way.