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Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare
patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged
since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, the
leading independent healthcare ratings organization. In all, the
incidents were associated with $8.9 billion in costs.
Silver Hill Hospital and Medsphere Systems Corporation announced the
successful implementation of Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health
record solution at the nationally recognized psychiatric hospital.
Florida Collaborative Tackles Hospital Readmissions
Whether you look at the national health reform debate taking place in Washington or the payment reform initiatives by commercial health plans, one common element and call to action is reducing hospital readmissions.
Be Prepared: Anticipating Pediatric Emergencies in Ambulatory Surgery
Hunterdon Center for Surgery (a partner of Hunterdon Healthcare) provides patients with a convenient location for same-day surgical procedures. The facility mirrors the look and comfort of a typical doctor’s office, yet its four operating rooms house the same sophisticated medical equipment found at Hunterdon Medical Center
Lucian Leape Institute Finds Medical Schools Fall Short in Teaching How to Provide Safe Care
The Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation has released a report that finds that U.S. “medical schools are not doing an adequate job of facilitating student understanding of basic knowledge and the development of skills required for the provision of safe patient care.” The report comes approximately 10 years after the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 1999 report, To Err Is Human, which found that 98,000 Americans die unnecessarily from preventable medical errors.
Sentara Supports Its Commitment to High Quality Care and Patient Safety with Biomedical Device Integration
Sentara is a national leader in patient safety and quality care innovation, operating in over 100 care sites in Virginia and North Carolina. Sentara is one of the most progressive and integrated healthcare organizations in the nation with a culture of safety focused on error and injury reduction through simplified rules of behavior for everyone working in the environment of care.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has published a
list of radiation safety questions for cancer patients and their
caregivers to ask their doctor about the quality assurance protocols of
their radiation therapy treatments.
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.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) released the results of a national
survey of older adults, caregivers and health care providers evaluating
knowledge and awareness of medical imaging safety. The survey, which
focused largely on electronic implantable device patients and their
caregivers, reveals that communication about the safety of medical
imaging for patients with these devices is often inadequate.