Health IT & Quality

Health IT & Quality

Is “Meaningful Use” Meaningful?

Now that the “meaningful use” rule has been finalized by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), many organizations turn their focus to a rapid deployment of electronic medical record (EMR) systems in an effort to achieve transformation of the United States healthcare system.

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ED Decompression

ED Decompression

Combating Emergency Department Overcrowding with Creative and Flexible Planning

To set the scene, imagine that it is a cold and rainy Friday evening in early January, and you are a nurse in the emergency department (ED) of the local hospital. Patients, with various complaints and levels of acuity, are being cared for in the ED’s 30 treatment rooms.

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Editor’s Notebook

Editor’s Notebook

No Easy Answers

Earlier this summer, I co-presented a webinar for the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) that focused on different sources of information currently available about patient safety, as well as opportunities for prospective authors.

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