Quality & Outcomes

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Improving kids' care: Beacon Communities talk about what works

Technology, including portals and text alerts, is at the heart of one Beacon Community's efforts to improve communication between caregivers, physicians and schools about managing children's asthma.

Hospital CMIO: Patient-centered HIE would cut back on duplication

Patient participation in health information exchange efforts would go a long way toward improving quality and safety efforts, according to Joseph Schneider, vice president, chief medical information officer and medical director of clinical informatics at Baylor Health Care System.

Rush Health to develop private HIE

Chicago-based Rush Health plans to create a private health information exchange to better connect its three hospitals and close to 1,000 physicians.

Deloitte: 4 dimensions of effective mobile health

People, places, payment and purpose are the four dimensions of effective mobile health, according to a Deloitte Center for Health Solutions blog. "As organizations face new business models and...

ONC suite of guides aims to boost EHR safety

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced this week that it has issued nine guides to help healthcare organizations assess the safety of electronic health records and to use them effectively. 

EHR research needs to be more meaningful

I usually take electronic health record research at face value. These are generally scientific endeavors, often conducted by esteemed institutions or academicians who are testing the effectiveness of such tools, assessing their impact on satisfaction and productivity, or determining their role in research. So it's disconcerting to read not one, but two studies this week that question the quality of some of the EHR research being conducted.

Researchers: EHR outcome, MU studies need to shift focus

Clinical decision support tools and computerized physician order entry--both Meaningful Use program requirements--are proven to have positive effects on quality outcomes, but reporting of contextual and implementation details have been "poor," making it impossible to determine why some electronic health record implementations were successful and some not, according to a new study funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

It's time for a structured systems approach to delivering care

By Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle The cost of healthcare remains a central theme no matter where you go in our nation, and...

ONC: Clinicians must recognize when EHRs create unsafe conditions

EHR users know that health IT can help enhance patient care, but many still don't recognize that the "unintended consequences" of using EHRs also can cause adverse patient events, speakers said during a webinar produced by ONC on Jan. 10. The webinar was based on a guide issued by ONC in November 2013 to help identify and address patient care mishaps that could be attributable to EHRs.

Docs: Cuts to food stamps likely to increase healthcare costs

Doctors are warning that cutting food stamps could increase healthcare costs for the federal government, causing higher rates of diabetes and developmental problems for young children among other problems, the Associated Press reported.