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2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

 

Washington, D.C.—The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission announced the 2011 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards will be presented on April 5, 2012 during a luncheon at the 2012 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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First Databank Releases Major Innovation to Address Medication Alert Fatigue in HIT Systems

South San Francisco—First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, announced its new alert management solution, FDB AlertSpace™, designed to address alert fatigue in computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems, has achieved unprecedented industry acceptance among various U.S. hospital institutions.

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Study Shows Nurses Exposed to Risks During Insertion and Removal of Peripheral IV Catheter

Sandy, Utah—About one in two nurses experience blood exposure, other than from a needlestick, on their skin or in their eyes, nose or mouth at least once a month when inserting a peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter, according to a new study by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia.[1] Exposure to blood carries the risk of infection from pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and MRSA.

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iSirona Debuts DeviceConX 4.0

Panama City, Florida—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, today announced DeviceConX 4.0, iSirona's latest version of its connectivity software. Key components of this latest version include an enterprise architecture and management console, which provide a truly enterprise-level solution for device connectivity management.

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Wolters Kluwer Health Expands Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs’ Offering for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Philadelphia—Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading international healthcare solutions provider and publisher, announced the addition of two new programs, Infection Control and Critical Care, to its Lippincott’s Professional Development Programsproduct suite.

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JCI, SHEA Release “Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition”

Oak Brook, Illinois—Teaming up to provide an essential infection prevention and control (IPC) resource for health care organizations around the globe, Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) announce the publication of Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition. JCI is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

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HIMSS and MGMA-ACMPE Collaborate on Health Information Exchange Toolkit

Englewood, Colorado and Chicago—To help physician practices navigate the challenging health information exchange (HIE) environment, HIMSS and MGMA-ACMPE have introduced a new online resource, The Ambulatory Health Information Exchange Toolkit . The toolkit, targeted to ambulatory practices, serves as an important resource for practices looking for a pathway toward sharing and receiving patient information in an electronic format and participating in a health information exchange organization.

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Bioquell Bug Stoppers Raise Awareness in Fight Against HAIs

Horsham, Pennsylvania—In the United States, healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and their cost to the healthcare system are staggering. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in every 20 hospitalized patients will contract an HAI.

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True Process Acquires VeriScan from Hospira

Milwaukee, Wisconsin—True Process, Inc., a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, healthcare information technology services provider and software engineering firm, has purchased VeriScan from Hospira, Inc., the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies.

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Language Line Services Collaborates with Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy on Annual Conference

Monterey, California—Language Line Services, the world's leading provider of translation and interpretation services, will collaborate with the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (SHCA) as a key sponsor at its 2012 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas set for April 17-20, 2012. SHCA is a nonprofit patient advocacy organization affiliated with the American Hospital Association.

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The Joint Commission Awards First Advanced Certifications for Palliative Care

Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois—Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.; Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.; Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York; City; St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.; and The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford, Conn. have become the first hospitals across the country to receive Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission.

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Texas Children's Hospital to Provide Simulation Training to Houston Fire Department

Houston, Texas—Simulation Center at Texas Children's Hospital has begun providing Pediatric Simulation Training for Emergency Pre-hospital Providers (Pedi-STEPPs) to members of the Houston Fire Department (HFD) EMS. A grant from the Cullen Trust for Healthcare, as well as a community benefit donation from Texas Children's Hospital will allow this innovative training to be offered free of charge to the City for 500 firefighters over the next two years.

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GE Healthcare Initiates Evaluation Period for New Global Patient Safety Network

Barrington, Illinois—GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a unit of GE Healthcare announced the launch of a 90-day evaluation for its Global Patient Safety Network (GPSN), an online community for hospitals to collaborate with peers around the world with the goal of improving patient safety.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces New Program to Help Primary Care Practices

Princeton, New Jersey—At a time when a shortage of primary care providers is threatening the accessibility and quality of care in the country, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is teaming with the Group Health Research Institute on a new national program designed to identify creative practices that make primary care more efficient and effective.

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NQF President and CEO Janet Corrigan Announces Plans to Step Down

The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has announced that NQF’s President and CEO Janet Corrigan has submitted her resignation, effective late June 2012.  Corrigan has served as NQF’s President and CEO for more than six years.

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