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IOM Calls for New Regulatory Framework To Replace Flawed 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process

Washington, DC, July 29, 2011—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should gather the information needed to develop a new regulatory framework to replace the 35-year-old 510(k) clearance process for medical devices, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

ASQ Healthcare Conference Seeks Presenters

Organizations that have demonstrated measurable improvement results are invited to present at ASQ's Quality Institute for Healthcare, May 21-23, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 5, 2011.

The Leapfrog Group Will Publicly Report on Nursing Excellence

July 27, 2011 – In recognition of a growing body of studies highlighting the key role nurses’ play in patient safety, The Leapfrog Group announced they will publicly report on hospitals that have demonstrated nursing excellence on Leapfrog’s annual hospital survey.

HLI Launches Latest Provider Friendly Terminology Solution Upgrade

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.

Steps Needed to Ensure Home Medical Devices Are Easy-to-Use and Caregivers Are Well-Trained

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2011—A new report from the National Research Council recommends steps the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies and professional associations can take to ensure that the medical devices and health information technology used in home health care are easy and safe for laypeople to use and that caregivers, whether formal or informal, are well-trained.

Workflow Assessment for Health IT—New Toolkit from AHRQ

The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new toolkit designed to help optimize the effectiveness of healthcare information technology (health IT) in ambulatory care.

CDC Issues Infection Prevention Guidance for Ambulatory Care

July 15, 2011—To help prevent healthcare-acquired infections in outpatient (ambulatory care) settings, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee offer two free tools at

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).

National Health Care Provider Associations Join Forces to Reduce Emergency Department Crowding

Des Plaines, Illinois, July 13, 2011—Emergency department crowding has long been a serious problem for hospitals, health care providers and patients.  It plays a significant factor in poor patient outcomes and contributes to violence against emergency department personnel.

Call for Letters of Intent to Conduct Research and Development in Patient Safety

The National Patient Safety Foundation's Research Grants Program seeks to stimulate new, innovative projects directed toward enhancing patient safety in the United States. The Program's objective is to promote studies leading to the prevention of human errors, system errors, patient injuries and the consequences of such adverse events in the healthcare setting.

Cardinal Health Foundation Provides $1.2 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Patient Safety at the Point-of-Care

The Cardinal Health Foundation announced the recipients of 39 grants, totaling nearly $1.2 million, to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health organizations improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of patient care.

Sermo Launches Real Time Medicine™ Mobile App for Physicians

Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 13, 2011—Sermo, Inc., the largest online network in the United States exclusive to physicians, introduced Sermo Mobile, an application that allows physicians to access the country's greatest concentration of medical knowledge in real-time. Sermo Mobile builds on Sermo's current web platform, an online resource where physicians from across 68 specialties and all 50 states collaborate, discuss and consult with each other to provide the highest quality care to their patients.

North Shore-LIJ Health System and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Announce Partnership to Reduce Sepsis Mortality

Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 11, 2011—The North Shore-LIJ Health System (North Shore-LIJ) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new strategic partnership that will demonstrate key improvements in hospital quality and enable the two organizations to test new ways to prevent sepsis and manage its most harmful effects through earlier recognition.

CJPS Medical Systems Launches Breakthrough Portable Vital Signs Monitor

Auburn Hills, Michigan, June 29, 2011—CJPS Medical Systems announced that it is releasing the smallest, most featured, lowest cost, portable multi-parameter vital signs monitor on the market. In this environment of cost cutting and flexibility, and when maintaining the highest level of care is absolutely critical, the timing of the release of VitalPoint® PRO, at half the price of its closest competitors, could not be more fitting.

3M Announces Solution to Provide Real-Time Infection Rate and Cost Data Associated With Healthcare-Acquired Infections

St. Paul, Minnesota, June 27, 2011—3M Infection Prevention and RL Solutions announced a joint feasibility program to provide healthcare facilities data on the rate of infection in real-time and the costs associated with those infections.




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EMPSF Institute for Safe Medical Practices
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