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Health Technology’s ‘Essential Critic’ Warns Of Medical Mistakes

Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News (KHN) | February 18, 2013

Computer mistakes like the one that produced incorrect prescriptions for thousands of Rhode Island patients are probably far more common and dangerous than the Obama administration wants you to believe, says Drexel University’s Dr. Scot Silverstein. Read More »

HHS Stops Short Of Calling For Safety Regulation Of Digital Records

Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News | December 21, 2012

The Obama administration Friday urged cooperation between software companies and caregivers to prevent patient harm caused by faulty electronic records. But it stopped short of calling for regulation or a federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients. Read More »

HIE Is Critical Public Utility In Sandy Disaster

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | October 31, 2012

The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) sees itself as a "public utility" as much as an HIE. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as patients bounce between hospitals (and as other public utilities, such as electricity and transportation, are compromised), it has enabled critical continuity of care. Read More »

HIMSS Asks Congress For National Data-Matching For HIEs And Harmonized Privacy Regs

Julie Bird | FierceHealthIT | September 24, 2012

Mismatched data puts patient safety at risk, group warns
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HIMSS13: Athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code Of Conduct’

Press Release | athenahealth | March 4, 2013

Code Lays Out Five Basic Principles to Move Industry Forward Read More »

HIMSS14: Regulatory Showdown Looms Over Mobile Health

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | February 25, 2014

A legislative showdown is brewing between Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the right balance between promoting innovation in a fledgling mobile health industry and protecting patient safety. 2014 could be the year that several laws are passed with significant implications for health I.T., according to a HIMSS14 panel discussion on congressional affairs. Read More »

Hospital Antibiotic Use Can Put Patients At Risk, Study Says

Lena H. Sun | The Washington Post | March 4, 2014

Doctors in some hospitals prescribe up to three times as many antibiotics as doctors at other hospitals, putting patients at greater risk for deadly superbug infections, according to a federal study released Tuesday. Read More »

Hospital Medical Errors Now The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare | September 20, 2013

Medical errors leading to patient death are much higher than previously thought, and may be as high as 400,000 deaths a year, according to a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety. Read More »

Hospitals Face Hurricane Sandy Power Outages, Failed Generators

Karen Cheung-Larivee | FierceHealthcare | October 30, 2012

Even with preparation, back-up systems failed at NYU Langone Medical Center last night, forcing the evacuation of all 215 patients to nearby hospitals, including Sloan Kettering and Mount Sinai, The New York Times reported. There were large-scale power failures in critical areas, including the emergency department, the transplant unit and labor and delivery.
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Hospitals Often Don't Report Robotic Surgery Adverse Events

Ashley Gold | FierceHealth IT | January 2, 2014

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees a database that reports deaths and injuries associated with medical devices, the agency has no authority to force medical providers to contribute to the database. To that end, many hospitals fail to report adverse events associated with robotic surgery procedures, according to a recent Bloomberg investigation. Read More »

Hospitals Try Yogurt To Prevent Infections In Patients

Laura Landro | Wall Street Journal | November 17, 2013

At Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pa., a worrisome trend emerged in 2011: an uptick in cases of one of the most virulent hospital infections, despite measures to battle the bug by scrubbing surfaces with bleach and isolating affected patients. Read More »

Houston VA Researcher Honored With Prestigious Presidential Award

Staff Writer | Cypress Creek Mirror | January 4, 2014

A patient safety researcher at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston has been named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read More »

How CMS Makes Quality Data Public While Still Keeping It Secret

Cheryl Clark | HealthLeaders Media | September 26, 2013

The federal government seems to want to keep safety data on eight hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) secret at the same time that it boasts how transparent it's being. Read More »

How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety

Michael Chen | KevinMD.com | January 7, 2014

Besides the importance of physician happiness when using an EHR, using design principles that maximize user intuition and presentation of relevant information, there is one aspect of health care information systems that should never be overlooked: patient safety. Read More »

How Is CPOE More Than Cookbook Medicine In The EMR?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | July 8, 2013

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is quite adamant about the role of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in ensuring the delivery of evidence-based, high-quality, and most importantly safe care to patients using EMR and health IT systems. Read More »