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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 21, 2011—The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
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.
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.
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.
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- Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) First to Create and Launch Statewide Direct Adoption Program
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