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GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Business 5.0

Barrington, Illinois, August 22, 2011—GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, launched Centricity* Business 5.0, the next-generation revenue cycle management solution for hospital networks, academic medical centers, large practices and physician billing groups.

New Treatment Model Targets Improved Patient Outcomes at Free Clinic

Aug. 19, 2011—The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Herndon, Virginia, has received a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield grant to expand its Shared Medical Appointment program, a treatment model designed to increase clinic capacity, maximize staff and volunteer efficiency, and empower patients to engage in their own health care outcomes.

American College of Surgeons Announces Goal to Enlist 1,000 Hospitals to its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

CHICAGO (July 18, 2011) – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today announced its goal to enlist at least 1,000 hospitals into its respected National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). The commitment is part of the ACS Inspiring Quality initiative launched today, an effort to raise awareness of proven models of quality improvement, coordinated care and disease management that can help improve the quality and value of health care.

Zynx Health Streamlines Clinical Decision Support Workflow

Los Angeles, August 16, 2011—Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support (CDS) solutions, announced the release of two software enhancements designed to streamline clinician workflow and improve productivity: Workflow Management, which simplifies CDS content development; and Export Validation, which provides a more efficient integration of content into the electronic health record system and expedites the delivery of evidence-based CDS to the point of care.

AHRA and Toshiba Expand Fourth Annual "Putting Patients First" Program

Aug. 15, 2011—The AHRA & Toshiba "Putting Patients First" program provides six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers and an additional grant of up to $20,000 to an integrated delivery etwork to fund programs, training or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and vascular imaging. The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2011.

PharMEDium Unveils New Website with Focus on Patient Safety

Aug. 15, 2011—PharMEDium Services, LLC, market leader for customized pharmacy sterile compounding for hospital intravenous and epidural therapies, launched its new website,, which now provides updates on drug shortages, patient safety and ready-to-use pharmacy compounding services. 

What’s Your Experience with Clinical Alarms?

The Healthcare Technology Foundation is conducting a survey of healthcare professionals for their help in establishing priorities for improving the safety and effectiveness of clinical alarms.

iSirona Awarded Medical Device Integration Contract from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Panama City, Florida, August 11, 2011—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, announced that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has signed an enterprise license agreement to implement iSirona's device connectivity solution.

NextGen Healthcare Launches Enterprise Patient Portal Powered by MEDSEEK

Birmingham, Alabama—NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement with MEDSEEK to create the NextGen® Enterprise Patient Portal.

ABMS Announces the Creation of a Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the organization overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States, announces the creation of an award for a distinguished national leader in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 31.

Vestagen Participates in OSHA Meetings To Examine Occupational Exposure to Infectious Diseases

Orlando, Florida, August 8, 2011 — Armed with an ever-growing body of research suggesting that textiles — specifically, medical uniforms — play a key role in the transmission of disease in healthcare settings, Vestagen Technical Textiles participated in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  stakeholder meetings to examine exposure to infectious diseases in health care workplaces.

To Better Is Human: MedStar Health Forms "National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare" to Advance Patient Safety

Washington, DC, Aug 1, 2011—MedStar Health has announced the formation of the "National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare." The Center is  a unique scientific research center that applies safety science methods used by the military, aviation, and nuclear industries to support a "Patient First" philosophy.

Language Line Services Partners with Manhattan Cross Cultural Group and Quality Interactions to Provide Innovative Tools to Improve Healthcare for Diverse Patient Populations

Monterey, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 4, 2011—Language Line Services, the worldwide leader in interpreting and translation services, announced a partnership with the Manhattan Cross Cultural Group (MCCG), creators of Quality Interactions, to help healthcare organizations provide the highest quality care to their culturally and linguistically diverse patients.

Salamander, Versus Team Up to Provide Complete Patient-tracking Solution

Traverse City, Michigan, August 3, 2011 — A unique joint tracking solution that gives hospitals complete situational awareness from the scene of a mass casualty incident through patient admittance and discharge could play a critical role in victim treatment and survivability in the event of a mass casualty event.

2011 John M. Eisenberg Awards: Applications Due Oct 3

Washington, D.C. and Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois August 3, 2011—The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission are accepting applications for the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.




ABQAURP American Society for Quality American Society for Quality Healthcare Division Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
EMPSF Institute for Safe Medical Practices
Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) Medication Safety Officers Society NPSF Partnership for Patient Safety Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine