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Early Experiences With Positive Patient Identification

January 29, 2007

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Like most hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is focused on maximizing patient safety, quality and value. Over the past few years, we’ve implemented provider order entry, guidelines/care plans and electronic medical records. However, one great question remains unanswered. How do we positively identify our patients so that we are confident they are receiving the […]

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Q&A With Daniel Nigrin

January 29, 2007

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Healthcare Technology: Children’s Hospital Boston deployed high-speed Internet connections to all patients’ rooms. How are those connections being utilized? DN: Incredibly frequently and well. Sometimes it’s the patients themselves who are using the connections,whether they have chronic disorders and need to spend long periods of time in the hospital, like patients with cystic fibrosis or […]

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The Nebraska Medical Center: Process Improvements, Efficiencies and Better Patient Outcomes

January 29, 2007

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Modern medicine demands quick access to information and measurable results. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the emergency department where patients crowd in at unpredictable times with wide ranges in acuity. Tracking these patients through their stay, quickly and accurately charting treatments and providing timely information to follow-up providers is of utmost importance. For […]

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Using Information Technology to Increase Emergency Department Efficiency

January 29, 2007

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“Half a million times each year – an average of once every minute – an ambulance carrying an emergency patient is diverted from an Emergency Department (ED) that is full and sent to one that is farther away.” (From the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System by the Institute of Medicine of […]

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Build Eisenhower’s Highway System for Today’s Needs

January 29, 2007

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Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act. It called for the construction of more than 40,000 miles of interstate highways and appropriated $25 billion for those projects over 10 years. This was a vast sum of money, considering that total federal spending in 1956 was $70 billion, […]

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Integrating Decision Support to Optimize Care

January 29, 2007

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Studies estimate that the adoption of health information technology (HIT) could produce efficiency and safety savings of $142 billion in U.S. physician offices and $371 billion in U.S. hospitals over the next 15 years. By implementing electronic health records, electronic ordering systems, decision support tools and handheld devices, U.S. healthcare providers can reduce healthcare spending […]

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The Case for Decision Support: Safer Medication Management and Lower Costs

January 29, 2007

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“First do no harm” is a foundational principle in healthcare. Because of that principle, medication safety moved to the forefront of discussion with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 revelation that more than 7,000 people in the United States die annually from medication errors.[1] Subsequently, the July 2006 IOM report “Preventing Medication Errors”[2] again focused […]

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Preventing Medication Errors With New Technologies

January 29, 2007

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St. Clair Hospital is a 331-bed acute care hospital in Pittsburgh. Each year management is required to report the number of medication error occurrences to the board of directors. Routinely, approximately 600 medication errors were reported. It was later learned that this number was underreported by a wide margin. In March 2004, a “five rights” […]

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Pervasive Healthcare

January 29, 2007

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The global healthcare industry is facing a crisis in chronic care that soon will be exacerbated as the baby boomer generation ages. This growing demand for chronic care is placing a tremendous economic burden on governments, private employers and individual consumers, and it is straining the capacity of skilled care professionals and nursing homes. Meanwhile, […]

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