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Northwest Michigan Surgery Center Selects RTLS from Versus

Traverse City, Michigan—Michigan’s largest surgery center, Northwest Michigan Surgery Center recently selected the Versus Advantages™ Real-time Locating System (RTLS) to help improve the patient care experience. Key focus areas include relaying patient status information to families in the waiting room and automated process flow management for clinical staff.

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GE, Microsoft to Launch Joint Venture Aimed at Global Healthcare System Transformation

Barrington, Illinois, and Redmond, Washington—General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), through its healthcare IT business, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced plans to create a joint venture aimed at helping healthcare organizations and professionals use real-time, system-wide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience.

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Don Berwick Receives 2011 Picker Award for Excellence

Orlando, Florida—The Picker Award for Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting and furthering patient-centered care, was awarded to Dr. Don Berwick on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the last day of the 23rd annual national forum hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which Dr. Berwick cofounded in 1989.

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ISMP Announces 14th Annual Cheers Awards Recipients

Horsham, Pennsylvania—The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) announced its 14th Annual Cheers Awards winners and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. The winners of this year’s awards are:

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IHI Announces Pilot Program with CDC to Improve Antibiotic Use in Hospital

Cambridge, Massachusetts—The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced the launch of a pilot testing program designed to avoid overuse and misuse of antibiotics in hospitals. Designed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program focuses on a new jointly developed initiative, the CDC/IHI Driver Diagram and Change Package for Antibiotic Stewardship.

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The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List for Highest Quality Care in America

Washington, D.C.—Sixty-five hospitals have earned The Leapfrog Group’s annual “Top Hospital” designation, equaling 2010’s record-setting total. The “Top Hospital” designation, which is the most competitive national hospital quality award in the country, recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing hospital readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

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The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award

Dec. 1, 2011—In partnership with the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, The Doctors Company Foundation presents the Young Physicians Patient Safety Award—an award to recognize young physicians for their deep personal insight into the significance of patient safety work. Six winners will receive $5,000 + registration and travel expenses to the NPSF Annual Congress in May 2012. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2012.

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Three Healthcare Organizations Receive 2011 Baldrige Award

Nov. 22, 2011—U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today named four organizations—three health care operations and one nonprofit business—as recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

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CMS Taps Acumentra Health for Project to Boost Adult Immunization Reporting

As a special project for Medicare, Acumentra Health will assist Oregon physician practices in electronically reporting adult immunization data to Oregon’s statewide immunization registry, the ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

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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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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