Deerfield, IL, Aug. 25, 2011—Baxter International Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxa Corporation, a privately held company based in Englewood, Colo. Baxa develops pharmacy technology that enhances the efficiency and safety of oral and IV dose preparation and delivery. The addition of Baxa's product lines will complement Baxter's portfolio of nutrition products and drug delivery systems and supports patient safety.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Aug. 24, 2011—While diagnostic radiation tests can help save lives, a new Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert warns that health care organizations must seek new ways to reduce exposure to repeated doses of harmful radiation from these diagnostic procedures. The Alert urges greater attention to the risk of long-term damage and cumulative harm that can occur if a patient is given repeated doses of diagnostic radiation.
Aug. 19, 2011—The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Herndon, Virginia, has received a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield grant to expand its Shared Medical Appointment program, a treatment model designed to increase clinic capacity, maximize staff and volunteer efficiency, and empower patients to engage in their own health care outcomes.
Language Line Services Partners with Manhattan Cross Cultural Group and Quality Interactions to Provide Innovative Tools to Improve Healthcare for Diverse Patient Populations
Birmingham, Alabama—NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement with MEDSEEK to create the NextGen® Enterprise Patient Portal.
Panama City, Florida, August 11, 2011—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, announced that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has signed an enterprise license agreement to implement iSirona's device connectivity solution.
American College of Surgeons Announces Goal to Enlist 1,000 Hospitals to its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
CHICAGO (July 18, 2011) – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today announced its goal to enlist at least 1,000 hospitals into its respected National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). The commitment is part of the ACS Inspiring Quality initiative launched today, an effort to raise awareness of proven models of quality improvement, coordinated care and disease management that can help improve the quality and value of health care.
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.
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.
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.
Aug. 15, 2011—The AHRA & Toshiba "Putting Patients First" program provides six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers and an additional grant of up to $20,000 to an integrated delivery etwork to fund programs, training or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and vascular imaging. The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2011.
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.
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- Call for Nominations: MITSS HOPE Award
- IOM Calls for New Regulatory Framework To Replace Flawed 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process
- ASQ Healthcare Conference Seeks Presenters
- The Leapfrog Group Will Publicly Report on Nursing Excellence
- CJPS Medical Systems Launches Breakthrough Portable Vital Signs Monitor
- Sermo Launches Real Time Medicine™ Mobile App for Physicians
- The University of Kansas Hospital Goes Live with ZynxOrder and ZynxCare Integrated into EHR
- 3M Announces Solution to Provide Real-Time Infection Rate and Cost Data Associated With Healthcare-Acquired Infections
- North Shore-LIJ Health System and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Announce Partnership to Reduce Sepsis Mortality
- Health Literacy Innovations Launches the 2011 National Health Literacy Innovators Contest
- Cardinal Health Foundation Provides $1.2 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Patient Safety at the Point-of-Care
- Call for Letters of Intent to Conduct Research and Development in Patient Safety
- National Health Care Provider Associations Join Forces to Reduce Emergency Department Crowding
- CDC Issues Infection Prevention Guidance for Ambulatory Care