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Excel Medical Electronics Introduces AlarmNavigator™ to Address Alarm Fatigue

Excel Medical Electronics (EME), developers of the BedMasterEx data acquisition and reporting system, has introduced an AlarmNavigator product for supporting hospitals in their efforts to comply with The Joint Commission’s 2014 National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on alarm safety.

Vocera® Acquires mVisum to Address Alarm Fatigue

Vocera Communications, Inc. , the leading provider of integrated, intelligent communication solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, has aquired mVisum, an innovative provider of alarm management technology solutions for health systems.

U.S. News & World Reports to Increase Role of Patient Safety in Hospital Rankings

U.S. News & World Reports will increase the importance of patient safety in the methodology it uses to score hospitals for the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. At the same time, the weight given to “reputation” in the scoring will decrease.

Innovative System Ensures Reliable Care for Patients at Risk of Pressure Ulcers

Despite known and effective methods for identifying risk and preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, pressure ulcers remain the most prevalent preventable hospital-acquired condition. Turning patients at certain intervals is a proven approach to preventing HAPUs, but this routine task is often delayed or skipped when nurses are drawn unexpectedly into demanding or emergent situations.

Qstream’s Mobile Platform Boosts On-the-Job Performance of Healthcare Workers

Qstream has announced that its mobile platform for reinforcing on-the-job behaviors of healthcare workers has been deployed by the five medical centers of the University of California Health Quality Improvement Network as part of a system-wide initiative to improve transitions of care during hospital discharge.

Press Ganey Acquires Technology Firm to Enable Real-Time, Point-of-Care Patient Feedback

Press Ganey, the leading patient experience improvement firm, has acquired On The Spot Systems®, a point-of-care survey technology firm that enables organizations to capture real-time patient feedback. The acquisition advances Press Ganey’s Patient Voice™ portfolio for health care organizations by adding Point of Care to existing modes of mail, phone, and eSurvey.

System Monitors Patient Movement, Improves Reliability of Routine Patient Care Tasks, and Reduces Incidence of Pressure Ulcers


Quality healthcare delivery has never been more achievable. Our knowledge of human physiology and diagnosing and treating disease is comprehensive. The armamentarium of diagnostic tools, therapeutic modalities and patient monitoring capabilities is considerable. So why do adverse and sentinel events continue to plague healthcare delivery?

Grant Funding Available from AHRQ for Patient Safety Learning Laboratories

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for funding to support the creation of “patient safety learning laboratories,” described by AHRQ as “places and professional networks where interrelated threats to patient safety can be identified, where multidisciplinary teams generate new ways of thinking with respect to the threats, and where environments are established conducive to brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that stimulate further thinking.”

FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Determine Safety and Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Under the proposal, if companies do not demonstrate such safety and effectiveness, these products would need to be reformulated or relabeled to remain on the market.

Welltok Taps IBM Watson to Create Novel Health Optimization Service for Consumers

Welltok, Inc., the leading Social Health Management company, is partnering with IBM to bring a unique collaborative solution called CaféWell Concierge powered by IBM Watson to market. The new, easy-to-use solution will offer healthcare consumers the ability to identify personalized activities, health content and condition management programs to optimize their health and get rewarded for positive behavior change.

90% of States Get Failing Grade for Making Consumer Information on Physician Quality Available

To shed light on the availability of information for consumers on the quality of their doctors, a new scorecard finds the vast majority of states get a failing grade – D or F. Developed by the non-profit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3), the State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality Information found that only two states received an A Minnesota and Washington – and one state, California, got a C.

CommonWell Health Alliance to Launch Initial Interoperability Service Offerings

CommonWell Health Alliance (the "Alliance") – the health information technology (HIT) vendor-led interoperability effort – has announced that Chicago, Illinois; Elkin and Henderson, North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina have been selected as participating regions for its first rollout of CommonWell's interoperability services. Additional provider sites and geographies will be announced in the coming months.

Joint Commission “R3 Report” Explains New Clinical Alarm National Patient Safety Goal

The Joint Commission recently released an “R3 Report” for the new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve the safety of their clinical alarm systems. “R3 Report” provides accredited healthcare organizations and interested healthcare professionals in-depth information about the rationale and references that were employed in the development of the new alarm NPSG.

System Secures, Tracks Medication Deliveries Sent Through Existing Pneumatic Tube Delivery Systems

Aethon Inc. has unveiled a patent-pending system that secures and tracks medication deliveries sent through a hospital’s existing pneumatic tube system and guarantees medication is delivered to authorized personnel. Pneumatic tube systems are used extensively to deliver medications through hospitals. Yet, missing or delayed doses cost the hospital millions of dollars in lost productivity, inventory, and safety concerns.

Toshiba's Dose Tracking System Optimizes Dose Management to Improve Patient Safety

For the first time ever, clinicians have the flexibility to track X-ray skin dose exposure in real time during interventional procedures with Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.'s Dose Tracking System.




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