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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

InterimID™ Supports Patient ID and Downstream Workflows during HIS or Network Downtime

Sept. 29, 2011—Standard Register introduces InterimID™, a stand-alone solution for producing patient ID bands and labels with barcodes and patient demographics during system or network downtime. InterimID resides on the desktop where it is readily accessible to staff when the health information system or network goes down.

APIC and AHE Partner on “Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients” Initiative

Sept. 27, 2011—The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) are partnering to strengthen the relationship between infection prevention and environmental services. A joint educational campaign, entitled “Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients: Leaders in Infection Prevention and Environmental Services working together for better patient outcomes,” will incorporate educational resources, training materials, and other solutions to help IP and EVS professionals combat the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

AdverseEvents Launches Innovative Drug Side Effect Reporting System

Sept. 26, 2011—AdverseEvents, Inc., Co-founder and President, Brian Overstreet, will today the launch of the AdverseEvents website—a first-of-its-kind online resource that delivers accurate, real-time information on adverse drug events. Healthcare professionals and patients will now have the ability to quantify and fully understand the scope of safety issues based on accurate rates of side effects by using AEI’s easy-to-use, fully searchable database.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! The Power of Storytelling

Sept. 21, 2011—A recent issue of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! promotes the use of true stories to improve patient safety by drawing attention to medication errors and inspiring and sustaining cultural change.

AHRQ Releases Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of EHRs

Sept. 21, 2011—The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

FDA Public Workshop on MRI Safety

Sept. 20, 2011—The Food and Drug Administration will host a free public workshop Oct. 25 & 26 on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss factors affecting the safe use of MRI and approaches to risk mitigation. There is no fee to register for the workshop and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend this Workshop, you must register by 5 pm EDT on October 4, 2011.

Standard Register and Poken Launch Touch-Enabled Products and Services for Healthcare

Sept. 19, 2011—Standard Register and Poken announced today they have joined forces to launch pokenHEALTH™, which Standard Register will market exclusively to healthcare in North America. pokenHEALTH provides interactive, touch-based tools to manage community and professional events. Using Swiss watch-industry microelectronic knowledge, pokenHEALTH runs on a unique, near-field communication-enabled ecosystem of Poken devices, smart phone apps, and tags that allow users to interact with each other and the sponsor.

White House Proclaims National Health Information Technology Week, Sept. 11–16, 2011

Washington DC, Sept. 12, 2011—President Obama has declared the week of Sept. 11-16, 2011, National Health Information Technology Week, and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for health IT has recently added new online resources for patients and providers.




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