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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.

Brigham and Women’s Teams Up With GNS Healthcare to Fend Off Adverse Events in Heart Patients

September 13, 2011—Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, led by David Bates, are announcing a collaboration with GNS Healthcare to use supercomputing technology to improve patient care. Cambridge, MA-based GNS Healthcare’s computer-simulation models will be used to predict the likelihood of adverse drug events and hospital readmission in patients with congestive heart failure.

All Systems Becomes Approved Voalté Reseller

Sarasota, Florida, September 7, 2011—Voalté, a leader in clinical communications technology, today announced a new reseller partnership with All Systems, based in Kansas City, Kan. This partnership allows All Systems to provide the Voalté One smart phone solution to hospitals in Kansas and Missouri.

Zynx Health Streamlines Clinical Decision Support Workflow

Los Angeles, August 16, 2011—Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support (CDS) solutions, announced the release of two software enhancements designed to streamline clinician workflow and improve productivity: Workflow Management, which simplifies CDS content development; and Export Validation, which provides a more efficient integration of content into the electronic health record system and expedites the delivery of evidence-based CDS to the point of care.

GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Business 5.0

Barrington, Illinois, August 22, 2011—GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, launched Centricity* Business 5.0, the next-generation revenue cycle management solution for hospital networks, academic medical centers, large practices and physician billing groups.

TeleTracking Announces Availability of its Next Generation Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 22, 2011—TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of its second generation Real-Time Locating System, TeleTracking RTLS.

University of Michigan Health System Selects Connexall for Enterprise-wide Integration at New Facility

Boulder, Colorado, September 13, 2011—The University of Michigan Health System has selected Connexall USA as its system-wide integration platform to connect clinical alarm and alert data from medical devices to communications devices, wireless phones and pagers for its new 348-bed C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

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.




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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