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2012 AHA Health Care System Transformation Fellowship

Chicago—Sixteen senior executives have been selected to participate in the second class of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Care System Transformation Fellowship. The Fellowship is an intensive six-month program that provides participants with a road map of how to design and plan for new care delivery and payment models, such as medical homes, bundled payments and clinical integration programs.

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AORN Releases Implementation Guide for Prevention of RSIs

Denver—The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has published an Implementation Guide for the Recommended practices for prevention of retained surgical items (RSIs).

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National Quality Forum Endorses Two American College of Surgeons NSQIP Measures

Chicago—Two outcomes-based measures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) were recently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The two measures, surgical site infection (SSI) and urinary tract infection (UTI), were developed by ACS in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as possible national outcomes measures that could be adopted by the governmental body as early as 2015.

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Cardinal Health Awarded AORN Seal of Recognition for Education Quality

Denver, Colorado—The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition™ to education materials developed by Cardinal Health.

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AHRQ Announces Free TeamSTEPPS Training Opportunities

AHRQ announces free training opportunities for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), a set of evidence-based, practical tools that helps hospitals and other health care providers strengthen teamwork among caregivers with the goal of improving patient safety. AHRQ and the Department of Defense designed the TeamSTEPPS program specifically for health care providers for use in a variety of care settings.

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New Organization Offers Patient Safety Certification

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) has announced the official launch date for the highly-anticipated Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam. This credentialing process is designed to establish patient safety competency standards and elevate the professional stature of healthcare professionals who meet knowledge requirements in safety science, human factors engineering, and the practice of safe care.

In recognition of the advancement of patient safety as an acknowledged and critical discipline across the care continuum,  testing for the CPPS credential will be made available as Patient Safety Awareness Week kicks off globally on March 5, 2012.

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CJPS Medical Systems Introduces Remote Patient Monitoring with Tablet PCs

CJPS Medical Systems announced that VitalPoint® HOME, its remote patient monitor, can be used with Microsoft Windows® - based Tablet PCs.

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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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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