What are the biggest safety hazards hospitals and healthcare facilities should watch out for today? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to patient care, releases its 2010 Top Ten Health Technology Hazards, a list of hazards that healthcare organizations should protect against.
Improving the quality and safety of healthcare in the United States is
one of the most significant challenges facing the American healthcare
Dr. Sanjaya Kumar’s passion is working to make healthcare safer
worldwide. In late November, as part of a San Francisco-Bangalore trade
trip, he traveled to his homeland of India on a personal mission to
promote hospital safety.
On behalf of Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality will administer grants for
demonstrations that “meet the core principles and goals of putting
patient safety first and working to reduce preventable injuries…
The National Committee for Quality Assurance today announced
plans to revise its landmark evaluation of medical practices through
the Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical Home™ to reflect the growing interest in this promising approach
to improving care quality.
Business associates, those who handle private patient information for
healthcare organizations are largely unprepared to meet the new data breach related obligations
included in the HITECH Act.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. released the 2009 Hospital Pulse
Report: Patient Perspectives on American Health Care. The report
examines patient satisfaction across the country; trends in overall
patient perceptions; and more
First DataBank, a leading provider of integrated drug databases for the
healthcare industry, announced on October 6, 2009, that it would join
PharmaSURVEYOR and a growing list of “Health 2.0 companies” as
participants in the Health 2.0 Accelerator, a consortium focused on
promoting integration of technology and the consumer experience to
advance consumer-centric health care.
Screaming matches in front of bewildered patients. Angry surgeons
hurling instruments across the operating room. Treachery and
backstabbing as physicians and nurses try to undermine one another.
The Journal of Participatory Medicine was launched October 22 at the
Connected Health symposium in Boston. It is a free, online,
peer-reviewed journal dedicated to documenting how healthcare
encourages, supports, and expects active involvement by all parties,
and leads to improved outcomes.