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IMCO Technologies Debuts ED Discrepancy Module

IMCO-STAT ED Discrepancy is designed to streamline the workflow process of ED physicians sending critical patient diagnosis to the radiologist. The system notifies the radiologist of the ED information and allows the radiologist to agree or disagree with the ED diagnosis based on the exam. If there is a discrepancy, the system automatically alerts the ED physician for immediate attention, and creates an audit trail of all communications.

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Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success Released

Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success s written specifically as a guidebook for nurses who are preceptors, who are thinking of becoming preceptors or those who supervise preceptors.

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Independa and LG Team to Provide Industry-First Suite of TV-Based Eldercare Services to Senior Living Market

Nearly 1 in 8 Americans are age 65 or older, with higher percentages in countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. To serve the rapidly-growing aging population, Independa announced a strategic relationship with Zenith, the U.S. R&D subsidiary of LG Electronics, to deploy technology that will provide residents of eldercare facilities an industry-first suite of video calling, messaging, reminders and other services that enables them to keep in touch with professional and family caregivers.

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IBC and Health Dialog Team Up to Help Primary Care Doctors Improve Care

Independence Blue Cross (IBC) announced that it is collaborating with Health Dialog, a leading provider of health care analytics and decision support, on a new pilot program that will offer health coaching to people with chronic illnesses to help them stay well and out of the hospital.

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Medical Image Exchange Enables Faster Diagnosis, Improved Outcomes and More

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.

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Number of Adverse Health Events in Minnesota Hospitals Increases Slightly in 2011

The number of reportable adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and community behavioral health hospitals increased from 305 in 2010 to 316 in 2011, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Despite the increase, the number of events resulting in serious injury or death to a patient decreased from 107 in 2010 to 89 in 2011.

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Barriers to Telemedicine Limit Patient Access to Quality Care

Outdated regulations, insufficient payment mechanisms, and established clinical paradigms are the top tier barriers to more widespread use of telemedicine according to study results published in the Jan/Feb issue of Telemedicine and e-Health.

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A Cost-Effective Approach to Preventing Medication Errors: Nurses’ Clinical Reasoning

In the 1990s, research into medication errors focused on systems and identified nurses as crucial to intercepting those errors before they reached patients. Now, a new study reveals the clinical reasoning practices and processes nurses use successfully to prevent medication errors.

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3M Makes Call to Action to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

A cross-functional team of infection prevention experts released “Educate, Empower, Engage: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Call-to-Action for Reducing Surgical Site Infections,” outlining potential solutions for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) at health care facilities.

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ECRI Institute Puts 10 Technology Issues on its 2012 Watch List for Hospital Executives

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania—ECRI Institute (, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, listed 10 health technology issues that hospital leaders should have on their watch lists for 2012.

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Improve Patient Safety through Leadership Fellowship

The AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is a year-long program for clinical and administrative leaders dedicated to improving quality and patient safety.

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Two Nurses Recognized as Emerging Leaders in Informatics

Bethesda, Maryland—The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) selected two individuals to participate in an exclusive two-year program designed to develop professionals capable of assuming national leadership positions in informatics-related organizations.

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Fujifilm Holdings Announces Agreement to Acquire SonoSite, Inc.

Tokyo, Japan / Bothell, Washington—FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation a diversified technology company that operates in healthcare, highly functional materials, and document solutions, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with SonoSite, Inc., a pioneer and leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound technology.

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Many TeleTracking Patient Flow Functions Now Compatible With Apple® iPad®

Pittsburgh—TeleTracking Technologies announced release of its Capacity Management Suite™ system version 2.3, which allows users to control core patient flow automation functions from an Apple® iPad®, streamline sign-on protocol for faster login, and speed responses to unexpected spills.

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The Latest Advancement in Pre-screening Technology for MRI

Jensen Beach, Florida—With hundreds of installations in MRI suites on five continents, Kopp Development Inc., the leading manufacturer of ferromagnetic detectors for MRI Safety, is proud to introduce the newest innovation, FerrAlert™ SOLO.

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EMPSF Institute for Safe Medical Practices
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