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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.

Partners HealthCare Clinicians Go Mobile with CACHÉ-based Electronic Health Records

Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 2, 2011—InterSystems Corporation announced that Partners HealthCare Systems is now providing clinicians throughout its integrated delivery network (IDN) with mobile access to its electronic health record (EHR). The InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database is the foundation platform for Partners HealthCare’s EHR and for hundreds of clinical applications used by thousands of clinicians throughout the IDN.

Call for Nominations: MITSS HOPE Award

MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, Inc.) is accepting nominations for the 4th annual HOPE Award, to be presented at the MITSS Annual Dinner in Boston, Nov. 1, 2011.

IOM Calls for New Regulatory Framework To Replace Flawed 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process

Washington, DC, July 29, 2011—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should gather the information needed to develop a new regulatory framework to replace the 35-year-old 510(k) clearance process for medical devices, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

ASQ Healthcare Conference Seeks Presenters

Organizations that have demonstrated measurable improvement results are invited to present at ASQ's Quality Institute for Healthcare, May 21-23, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 5, 2011.

The Leapfrog Group Will Publicly Report on Nursing Excellence

July 27, 2011 – In recognition of a growing body of studies highlighting the key role nurses’ play in patient safety, The Leapfrog Group announced they will publicly report on hospitals that have demonstrated nursing excellence on Leapfrog’s annual hospital survey.

HLI Launches Latest Provider Friendly Terminology Solution Upgrade

Denver, Colorado, July 26, 2011 — Health Language, Inc.® (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology management, announced that it has expanded its provider friendly technology (PFT) solution to over 120,000 terms in addition to the existing terms used by SNOMED-CT and ICD.

Steps Needed to Ensure Home Medical Devices Are Easy-to-Use and Caregivers Are Well-Trained

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2011—A new report from the National Research Council recommends steps the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies and professional associations can take to ensure that the medical devices and health information technology used in home health care are easy and safe for laypeople to use and that caregivers, whether formal or informal, are well-trained.

Workflow Assessment for Health IT—New Toolkit from AHRQ

The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new toolkit designed to help optimize the effectiveness of healthcare information technology (health IT) in ambulatory care.

CDC Issues Infection Prevention Guidance for Ambulatory Care

July 15, 2011—To help prevent healthcare-acquired infections in outpatient (ambulatory care) settings, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee offer two free tools at




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