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ECRI Institute Puts 10 Technology Issues on its 2012 Watch List for Hospital Executives

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania—ECRI Institute (, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, listed 10 health technology issues that hospital leaders should have on their watch lists for 2012.

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Improve Patient Safety through Leadership Fellowship

The AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is a year-long program for clinical and administrative leaders dedicated to improving quality and patient safety.

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Two Nurses Recognized as Emerging Leaders in Informatics

Bethesda, Maryland—The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) selected two individuals to participate in an exclusive two-year program designed to develop professionals capable of assuming national leadership positions in informatics-related organizations.

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Fujifilm Holdings Announces Agreement to Acquire SonoSite, Inc.

Tokyo, Japan / Bothell, Washington—FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation a diversified technology company that operates in healthcare, highly functional materials, and document solutions, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with SonoSite, Inc., a pioneer and leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound technology.

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Many TeleTracking Patient Flow Functions Now Compatible With Apple® iPad®

Pittsburgh—TeleTracking Technologies announced release of its Capacity Management Suite™ system version 2.3, which allows users to control core patient flow automation functions from an Apple® iPad®, streamline sign-on protocol for faster login, and speed responses to unexpected spills.

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The Latest Advancement in Pre-screening Technology for MRI

Jensen Beach, Florida—With hundreds of installations in MRI suites on five continents, Kopp Development Inc., the leading manufacturer of ferromagnetic detectors for MRI Safety, is proud to introduce the newest innovation, FerrAlert™ SOLO.

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Language Line Services Introduces Web-Based Language Access Portal Using Mobile Devices

Monterey, California—To provide healthcare organizations nationwide a place to stay informed with information related to language access in healthcare, Language Line Services has launched a new all-in-one, multi-device online portal.

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Real-Time Location System Early Adopters Report Operational Efficiency Gain

Orem, Utah—An estimated 10 to 15 percent of the healthcare market is currently utilizing a real-time location system (RTLS) solution. Some providers may initially view RTLS as a specialty investment that is only helpful at certain types of organizations.

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Johns Hopkins Collaborates with Lockheed Martin to Build Next-Generation ICU

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality of Johns Hopkins Medicine is collaborating with the Lockheed Martin Corporation to create a safer and more efficient hospital intensive care unit (ICU) model. The two organizations will work to streamline complex and fragmented clinical systems and processes to reduce medical errors and improve the quality of care for critically ill patients.

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Three Receive 'Safe Transitions' Innovation Challenge Awards

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in conjunction with the Partnership for Patients – an initiative of the Department of Health & Human Services – and with the support of Health 2.0, have announced the winners of the “Ensuring Safe Transitions from Hospital to Home” innovation challenge.  Three teams were named winners: Axial Exchange,iBlueButton, and VoIDSPAN.

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Joint Commission Issues Alert on Healthcare Worker Fatigue

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released Sentinel Event Alert 48, "Health Care Worker Fatigue and Patient Safety." Acknowledging that "many factors contribute to fatigue, including but not limited to insufficient staffing and excessive workloads," TJC states that "the purpose of this Sentinel Event Alert is to address the effects and risks of an extended work day and of cumulative days of extended work hours."

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Training Solutions for Healthcare Organizations Applying to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Innovation Challenge

Denver—Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) offers guideline-based simulation training solutions for health care organizations seeking funding through the Health Care Innovation Challenge.

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Cautious Patient Foundation Launches Program to Help Patients Remember Medical Instructions and Improve Outcomes

Houston—The Cautious Patient Foundation announced a new national program designed to help patients remember their doctors’ medical instructions. Known as “Your Doctor’s Advice” (YDA), the program provides an easy-to-use, high-tech solution to a major contributing factor in patient noncompliance and poor medical outcomes.

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Cardinal Health Launches Innovative Barcode Administration to Help Hospitals Bridge Medication Safety Gaps

New Orleans— At the 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Cardinal Health launched BarCode360, a solution that supports hospitals’ medication safety initiatives by making it easier, more timely and cost efficient to order medications and ensure more unit-dose medications can be scanned at the patient bedside.

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EScreenz™ Improves Communication and Enhances Patient Safety

Rochester, New York—EScreenz is a new internal communication solution that transforms screensaver technology into an effective communication medium. Originally developed for hospitals, EScreenz broadcasts multiple slide show messages on desktops, laptops – even big screens - throughout a facility across various locations. Intranet, Internet and SharePoint sites are enhanced because users can click on the screensaver to directly access any web page or document online.

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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