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patient safety webinarPlease register for Strategies to Manage Hospital Acquired Conditions Reporting in an ACA World - An IC Check-Up on Sept 9th, 2014 1:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5973501898406116610

With the August 1 Final Rule announcement by CMS, it’s time we had an Infection Control check-up from our IC expert, Brian Foy.

Brian will explain recent changes to Federal rules and its impacts on everyday IC preventionists. Then, the team will outline some of the experienced and expected challenges faced by industry partners and their solutions.

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Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight?
The Transformation of “Incident Reporting"

Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight? The Transformation of “Incident ReportingWe all have these systems, whether paper or electronic, that are supposed to capture incidents that can lead to and/or have resulted in patient harm. Most of these systems can do this, but many will agree that there is something missing – something important – when it comes to whether or not these systems actually enhance patient safety.

We cannot just track incidents anymore; we need to make this an organization-wide process where we build awareness, which leads to intervention, and results in changes that can be seen and monitored. In this white paper, we discuss the transformation of traditional “incident reporting” into an integrated patient safety management system and offer a path to achieve this transformation.


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eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT) and OptumInsight will deploy an innovative medical image exchange service for HEALTHeLINK, a Regional Health Information Organization serving eight counties of western New York, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This partnership will enable faster diagnosis and treatment, improved outcomes, reduced radiation exposure and health care cost reductions.

eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. (eHGT) and OptumInsight will deploy an innovative medical image exchange service for HEALTHeLINK, a Regional Health Information Organization serving eight counties of western New York, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This partnership will enable faster diagnosis and treatment, improved outcomes, reduced radiation exposure and health care cost reductions.

Powered by OptumInsight’s, Axolotl® Image Exchange, the new service enables rapid, secure access to diagnostic quality radiology and cardiology images that support clinical decisions made by providers that participate in HEALTHeLINK. The ability to access images with a single click, within the context of each patient’s community-wide medical record and without disrupting the caregiver’s workflow will support efforts to enhance patient care.

“We are excited to offer our healthcare providers and their patients so many new opportunities to enhance care, improve efficiency and lower cost. We expect the implementation of this service to lead to a reduction of unnecessary imaging exams, thus minimizing patient radiation exposure and reducing the cost of care. Immediate access to images, when and where they are needed, will also allow our physicians to provide faster diagnosis and treatment, with tighter care coordination and improved outcomes. Finally, the burden of reproducing, transporting, and attempting to view physical storage media such as CDs will be lifted from patients and caregivers alike, allowing them to focus on much more important priorities such as recovery and wellness,” stated Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director.

“Many benefits that have never been realized before will now be enjoyed, all ensuring a higher standard of efficiency and quality of care. The Axolotl Image Exchange offers notable advantages over other more conventional methods of sharing images. Thanks to our hybrid-federated architecture, most images are available in full diagnostic quality in seconds; rather than minutes, hours or even days. Since this service “image enables” HIEs, there is no need to establish a separate, costly mechanism to ensure patient privacy and security, as the same rules that govern the exchange at large also apply to imaging. Images are made available within the context of the entire patient record, not as a part of a separate system. And finally, physicians can view their patient’s images in a single web-enabled viewing environment regardless of how many different PACS technologies and imaging provider locations they may have originated at,” stated Gary Larson, COO and General Manager, HIE Services, from eHGT.

For more information about Axolotl Image Exchange, click here.


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