Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare: News

April 13, 2006 - Volume 1, Number 3

WHITE PAPER: Blogging for Patient Safety
A patient safety blog can allow healthcare professionals to interact with each other, discuss important topics of interest as they relate to patient safety and quality improvement, share ideas, challenge current methodologies, adopt new methodologies and stay current with trends in patient safety and quality, research and practice.
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Current News

Warning on Misconnection of Tubes and Catheters
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has issued a Sentinel Event Alert that urges health care organizations to pay special attention to how tubes and catheters are connected to patients and challenges the manufacturers of these devices to redesign them in ways that will make dangerous misconnections much less possible. (read more)

ICU Computerization Resulted in Decreased Occurrence and Severity of Medication Errors
A new multi-authored report investigated if the introduction of a computerized ICU system (Centricity Critical Care Clinisoft, GE Healthcare) reduced the incidence and severity of medication prescription errors (MPEs). (read more)

Case Studies in Patient Safety
Moving toward a safety culture often requires both revamped clinical practices and "social engineering," the authors discovered through their analysis and interviews with patient-safety leaders at the six sites. (read more)

New 'Silent Hospital' Program
Under a new program called "Silent Hospitals Help Healing" (SHHH), Montefiore Medical Center is addressing one of the biggest complaints patients have about hospitals: they are too noisy. (read more)

JCAHO Debuts New Website
The new site features Œone-click navigation¹ that means consumers and health care organizations can tap into the latest information on health care quality and safety. (read more)

AHRQ has Introduced a New Web Tool
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new interactive Web-based tool for states to use in measuring health care quality. The new State Snapshot tool provides a multitude of valuable information for each state. (read more)

Child Trauma Simulations Find Many Problems
A study conducted in a third of North Carolina¹s hospital emergency departments revealed that nearly all failed to properly stabilize seriously injured children during trauma simulations. (read more)

Organizations Merge to Form New National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum and the National Committee on Quality Health Care merged to become a new organization that will be called the National Quality Forum. (read more)

LMS Medical Systems Announces New Addition
LMS announced that Dr. Henry Lerner, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG, has joined the LMS team. (read more)

2006 Accreditation Manager Plus Software
Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announced the release of its 2006 Accreditation Manager Plus (AMP) software. (read more)

Partnering for Patient Empowerment Through Community Awareness
Facilitator¹s Guide and module presentations are now freely available. The modules and guide will provide direction on presenting a patient safety program that hospitals and libraries can host together to increase awareness among consumers about patient safety. (read more)

New Products

Sutter Health, selects EnovateIT
Sutter Health is in the process of deploying network wide an electronic health record (EHR) system that will electronically connect more than 5,000 physicians, 25 hospitals and millions of patients across its not-for-profit Northern California network. (read more)

iQuality released by HMC
The Healthcare Management Council, announces iQuality to rapidly identify areas of clinical improvement opportunity, well before that information becomes public. (read more)

Thin is Healthy
Wyse thin client workstations meet the requirements of accuracy and immediacy for the healthcare sector with secure network-centric solutions and wireless mobile capabilities to help save lives and provide the highest quality of medical care. (read more)

Omnicell introduces OmniCenter 10.0 server
Omnicell has introduced its enhanced OmniCenter 10.0 server that gives information managers unprecedented power for managing medications and supplies. (read more)

MediMouse for Medical Transcribers
MediMousePro product line facilitates, safely and effectively, the multiple demands for medical transcription in the healthcare field and is designed to help healthcare IT systems function in environments where infection control is paramount. (read more)

Vocantas Announce the Launch of CallAssure
Vocantas announced the launch of CallAssure, a post-discharge patient follow-up and interviewing technology system. (read more)

CA to Resell Carefx Fusion with ID and Access Management
CA announced that it will resell Fusion from Carefx with CA¹s identity and access management solution to help reduce costs and improve the quality of patient care by significantly decreasing the time it takes clinicians to access critical data. (read more)

U.S. and Korean Hospitals Roll Out Aeroscout RFID
Reading Hospital (Reading, PA), and Catholic Medical Center - KangNam St. Mary¹s Hospital (Seoul, Korea) each selected the AeroScout location-based solution to help accurately locate and optimize the use of their medical equipment assets for improved patient care, greater efficiency and lower costs. (read more)

VITA LCD Touch-screen PC Introduced
A new all-in-one touch screen LCD PC from Tangent, the VITA 7500S, integrates a 17-inch LCD touch screen display into a slim, attractive, all-in-one chassis that fits ergonomically into a health care practitioner¹s office or hospital environment. (read more)

Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD in Joint Agreement
Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD Inc., announced they are joining forces to offer a comprehensive solution of evidence-based content integrated with mobile and desktop access to complete patient information for integrated delivery networks and hospitals. (read more)

Advanced Labeling with RFID Capability
Optio Advanced Labeling enables hospital staff to create bar-coded patient identification and RFID labels on demand, whether in the admissions department or at the patient's bedside. (read more)

Ekahau Announces Partnerships
Ekahau and Symbol Technologies announced a solution to help organizations more efficiently track the location of inventory and assets with radio frequency identification (RFID). Ekahau also is collaborating with Digi International to embed Ekahau's location-enabling technology into the Digi Connect family of wireless LAN embedded modules and external device server products. (read more)

IQMax Releases IQPlatform
IQMax¹s IQPlatform delivers mission-critical enterprise performance across the healthcare continuum enabling users to connect between acute, ambulatory care facilities and everywhere in between. (read more)


Designing Reliable Delivery of Optimal Care
If you are interested in reducing "defects" in care or care processes, increasing the consistency with which appropriate care is delivered, and improving patient outcomes, then you should consider attending this conference in May. (read more)

Health Literacy: The Foundation for Patient Safety, Empowerment, and Quality Health Care
One in a series of Joint Commission symposia addressing major public policy issues in health care, this meeting will frame the issues that surround low health literacy and offer solutions that health care clinicians, managers, communicators, policymakers and advocates can implement to ensure effective communications. (read more)

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