Picis announced that it has been awarded two Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) contracts by Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8,
also known as the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network.
Disclosure and Apology: What’s Missing?
Ten years following Linda Kenney’s medically induced trauma, the organization she founded to “support healing and restore hope” for patients, families, and clinicians following adverse events co-sponsored an invitational forum about ways to offer emotional support to clinicians. Collaborating with the Massachusetts Medical Society, CRICO/RMF, and ProMutual Group, Kenney’s organization, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, hosted the event at the MMS offices in Waltham, Mass., on March 13, 2009, during Patient Safety Awareness Week.
Human Factors 101
Improve Reliability in Healthcare with Human Factors Engineering
Healthcare technology and training have advanced remarkably in the past 100 years, from the discovery of penicillin to the first heart transplant, but there is a downside to this progress. To quote Sir Cyril Chantler, former Dean of the Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Medical and Dental Schools in London, “Medicine used to be simple, ineffective, and relatively safe. Now it is complex, effective and potentially dangerous.”
Diverse Opinion Leaders Say Nurses Should Have More Influence on Health Systems and Services
Opinion leaders trust nurses, but cite barriers to nursing leadership.
From reducing medical errors, to increasing the quality of care, to promoting wellness, to improving efficiency and reducing costs, a new survey finds that an overwhelming majority of opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence. But these opinion leaders—including insurance, corporate, health services, government and industry thought leaders as well as university faculty—see significant barriers that prevent nurses from fully participating as leaders in health and healthcare.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) named five teams selected for
an innovative program to explore how patient-recorded observations of
daily living (ODLs) can be captured and integrated into clinical care.
New technologies make it possible to
gather information from the flow of people’s lives.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology
management, has launched the Language Engine Access Portal (LEAP),
which enables Web access to terminologies, code sets and management
tools. The portal will allow hospitals, physician practices and their
vendors to easily locate, download, update and extend terminologies
without installing a separate application.
Clinical Informatics and the CMIO
If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard about the HITECH Act, which promises financial compensation (and IT bragging rights) for hospitals and physicians using an EMR in a “meaningful way.”
Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization, has
been awarded a new contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs,
National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS), to utilize RASMAS, the
leading web-based recall management service.
From reducing medical errors, to increasing the quality of care, to
promoting wellness, to improving efficiency and reducing costs, a new
survey finds that an overwhelming majority of opinion leaders say
nurses should have more influence.
Eighty-five percent of healthcare providers believe their ambulatory EMR software will enable them to meet the
2011 meaningful use deadlines being considered by the federal
government, according to a report from KLAS.