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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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Obama Takes Action to Reduce Prescription Drug Shortages and Fight Price Gouging

Oct. 31, 2011—President Obama today signed an Executive Order directing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to help further prevent and reduce prescription drug shortages, protect consumers and prevent price gouging. The President’s order directs FDA to broaden reporting of potential shortages of certain prescription drugs and to further expedite regulatory reviews that can help prevent or respond to shortages. Under the President’s order, FDA will also work with to the Department of Justice, which will examine whether potential shortages have led to illegal price gouging or stockpiling of life-saving medications.

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CDC Launches Effort to Protect Cancer Patients from Infections

Oct. 25, 2011—CDC’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program is a comprehensive initiative focusing on providing information, action steps, and tools for patients, their families, and their health care providers to reduce the risk of life-threatening infections during chemotherapy treatment in outpatient oncology settings.

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IHI Releases 2nd Edition of "Respectful Management of Serious Clinical Adverse Events" at ASHRM Conference

Oct.18, 2011—The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has published an updated version of its white paper, "Respectful Management of Serious Clinical Adverse Events." The paper was announced by co-author Jim Conway, IHI senior fellow, during a presentation at the annual conference of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) in Phoenix.

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Awarepoint Corporation and MEDITECH Collaborate to Integrate Technology Platforms

San Diego, October 14, 2011—Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) enabled solutions for health care, and MEDITECH, a leading supplier of Health Care Information Systems (HCIS), announced a collaboration to integrate technologies to provide emergency departments (EDs) with real-time patient location and critical milestone tracking within MEDITECH's enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) software.

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Memorial University Medical Center Chooses Radio Frequency Detection Technology to Enhance Operating Room Safety

Bellevue, Washington, October 17, 2011—Memorial University Medical Center, an academic medical center serving southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina, announced it has implemented the RF Assure™ Detection System in all of its operating rooms to prevent the medical error of retained surgical items (RSI).

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Cook County Health & Hospitals System Joins GE Patient Safety Organization

Barrington, Illinois, October 11, 2011—GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a unit of GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE), announced that Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) has become the newest member of the GE Patient Safety Organization (GE PSO), in an effort to continue their increased emphasis on a culture of patient safety.

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Children's of Alabama Selects iSirona for Medical Device Integration

Panama City, Florida, October 6, 2011—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, announced today that Children's of Alabama will implement iSirona's device connectivity solution.

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Vocera Debuts New Communication Badge

San Jose, California, October 4, 2011—Vocera Communications, Inc., announced the commercial introduction of the new Vocera B3000 Communication Badge featuring enhanced durability, audio quality and speech recognition.

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Connexall 4.3 Enables Industry’s Highest Level of Hospital Collaboration

Toronto, Ontario and Boulder, Colorado—From smart beds to HVAC systems, patient monitoring devices to RFID chips, electronic medical records to nurse call solutions, the ability send critical patient data across devices and systems is still a major pain point for hospitals.

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FDA Launches Initiative to Prevent Surgical Fires

Washington, D.C., October 13, 2011—Surgical fires are preventable medical errors. To reduce the risk of fires, many healthcare organizations have developed tools, implemented strategies, and conducted education and outreach efforts. Yet there is more that can be done.

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NPSF Announces 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week Campaign

Oct. 4, 2011—The National Patient Safety Foundation today announced its 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Be Aware for Safe Care. Patient Safety Awareness Week will take place March 4-10, 2012. This year’s theme highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the US and worldwide.

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