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Baxter Completes Acquisition of Baxa Corporation

Baxter International Inc. announced the company has completed its planned acquisition of Baxa Corporation, a privately held global company based in Englewood, Colo., for a cash consideration of $380 million. Baxa develops pharmacy technology that enhances the efficiency and safety of oral and IV dose preparation and delivery.

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Voalté’s Communication System Captures Cedars-Sinai Approval

Voalté, a leader in clinical communication technology and software for healthcare institutions, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced  the launching of Voalté’s point-of-care communication solution, consolidating voice, alarm and text on the versatile iPhone platform.

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athenahealth Announces Strategic Collaboration with Medley Health

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, announced a collaboration agreement with Medley Health, a leading provider of membership practice marketing and communications services for independent primary care physicians and their patients.

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Medical Center Selects McKesson’s Pharmacy Automation to Advance Safety Initiatives

Sanford USD Medical Center, the largest hospital in South Dakota, has installed McKesson’s industry-leading pharmacy automation solutions to help optimize productivity and improve point-of-care medication safety at its facility.

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Healthcare Team Training and IDEAS Partner to Launch StoryCare™

November 16, 2011 — Atlanta, GA. Healthcare Team Training (HTT) and IDEAS have partnered to launch StoryCare™, the first enterprise-wide, staff deployed teamwork simulation program using the power of story to measurably improve patient safety and satisfaction.

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UpToDate® Adds General Surgery Content to Extensive Clinical Knowledge System

UpToDate®, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, announced the addition of General Surgery to its clinical knowledge system. Subscribers to UpToDate can now access clinical information and evidence-based recommendations in 19 specialties.

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Health Systems Rapidly Build and Implement Accountable Care Organizations

Optum has introduced its Accountable Care Solutions business to enable hospitals, physicians and health plans to better coordinate patient care, enhance care quality and financial performance and, ultimately, increase consumers’ satisfaction with the health system.

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Draeger Patient Monitors Offers Continuous Noninvasive Arterial Pressure (CNAP) Technology

Draeger announced it has embedded continuous noninvasive blood pressure measurement technology into its patient monitoring systems. This technology from CNSystems, which has successfully supported patients in Europe for more than four years, is now available in the United States.

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Philips VentAssist Supports Critical Decisions for Patients on Mechanical Ventilation

Royal Philips Electronics announced the release of VentAssist, a clinical decision support (CDS) tool designed to give clinicians intelligent data to better manage the care of mechanically ventilated adult patients.

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Workplace Violence Against Emergency Nurses Remains High

The latest release of an ongoing survey of more than 7,000 emergency room nurses nationwide finds that rates of physical violence and verbal abuse against nurses did not decrease between May 2009 to January 2011.

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HIMSS Analytics: Roles of CMIO and CNO Evolve to Support New Technologies

Identifying the changing roles and responsibilities of Chief Medical Informatics Officers and Chief Nursing Officers, HIMSS Analytics announced the results of Medical Device Integration: CMIO and CNO Perspectives, a research report sponsored by Capsule, a leading provider of medical device connectivity.

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Application Period for 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award Now Open

NQF is now accepting applications for its 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award. Interested organizations must complete an Intent to Apply and submit it no later than December 22, 2011 to be considered eligible.

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NEXT STEP Program Wins 2011 HOPE Award

Nov. 14, 2011—The winner of the 2011 MITSS HOPE Award is the NEXT STEP Program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emergency Department in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The HOPE Award Honors Outstanding People Everywhere who have furthered the MITSS mission of Supporting Healing and Restoring Hope to patients, and families, and clinicians who have been impacted by adverse medical events. RL Solutions’ President and CEO, Sanjay Malaviya, presented the award at the MITSS 10th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser held at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, on Tuesday, November 1st. 

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IOM Issues Report on Patient Safety and Health IT

Nov. 8, 2011—To protect Americans from potential medical errors associated with the use of information technology in patient care, a new report by the Institute of Medicine calls for greater oversight by the public and private sectors.  The report examines a broad range of health information technologies, including electronic health records, secure patient portals, and health information exchanges, but not software for medical devices.

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ECRI Institute Announces its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2012

Nov. 8, 2011—ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 hazard list is a comprehensive report designed to raise awareness of the potential dangers associated with the use of medical devices and systems. Most significantly, the report includes action-oriented recommendations on addressing these risks. 

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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