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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.

Paper on Automation in Surgery Wins 2011 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in HF/E Research

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates Dietrich Manzey, Maria Luz, Stefan Mueller, Andreas Dietz, Juergen Meixensberger, and Gero Strauss on receiving the 2011 Human Factors Prize for their article, “Automation in Surgery: The Impact of Navigated-Control Assistance on Performance, Workload, Situation Awareness, and Acquisition of Surgical Skills.”

Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) First to Create and Launch Statewide Direct Adoption Program

Providence, Rhode Island, September, 8, 2011—The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, safety and value of healthcare in Rhode Island, announced the launch of its statewide Direct Adoption Program.

Hospital Employees Are Less Healthy and Accrue Higher Healthcare Costs than General Workforce

Sept. 12, 2001—Healthcare spending is 10 percent higher for hospital employees than it is for the general employee population, according to a study released today by the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.

RWJF Solicits Research Proposals to Advance Nursing Care, Practice, and Education

Aug. 30, 2011—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is soliciting research proposals that address nursing practice, care, and education for consideration by RWJF and its partners in a multi-funder initiative. The goal of the initiative is to identify, generate, synthesize and disseminate evidence essential to implementing the recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative is managing the initiative for RWJF and is accepting proposals until January 3, 2012.

PharMEDium Unveils New Website with Focus on Patient Safety

Aug. 15, 2011—PharMEDium Services, LLC, market leader for customized pharmacy sterile compounding for hospital intravenous and epidural therapies, launched its new website,, which now provides updates on drug shortages, patient safety and ready-to-use pharmacy compounding services. 

AED Failures Connected to Deaths from Cardiac Arrest

Aug. 30, 2011—A study published online last week in Annals of Emergency Medicine reports that more than 1,000 cardiac arrest deaths over 15 years were connected to the failure of automated external defibrillators (AEDs); battery failure accounted for almost one-quarter of the failures.

ACR Responds to TJC Sentinel Alert

Aug. 29, 2011—The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a statement in response to a Sentinel Event Alert issued by The Joint Commission (TJC) on the "Radiation Risks of Diagnostic Imaging." The ACR agrees in general that "care should be taken" but wishes to clarify inaccuracies it finds in the Sentinel Alert.

Baxter to Acquire to Privately Held Baxa Corporation

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.

Joint Commission Issues Alert: Dangers of Diagnostic Radiation

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.

New Treatment Model Targets Improved Patient Outcomes at Free Clinic

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.

Excela Health Selects Next-generation Radio Frequency Detection Technology to Prevent Retained Surgical Items

Greensburg, Pennsylvania, July 15, 2011— Excela Health, a not-for-profit health system in Westmoreland County, announced it has selected the RF Assure™  Detection System for use in its surgical suites system-wide to prevent the occurrence of retained surgical items (RSI).

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.

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.

NextGen Healthcare Launches Enterprise Patient Portal Powered by MEDSEEK

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.




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EMPSF Institute for Safe Medical Practices
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