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Consumers get access to nationwide ratings of individual surgeons based on patient outcomes

Consumers get access to nationwide ratings of individual surgeons based on patient outcomes

Preventable medical errors of various kinds kill at least 200,000 Americans each year, making this the third leading cause of death in the United States, six times as many deaths as from auto accidents. One way to reduce such errors is for consumers to choose the best surgeons. For the first time ever, consumers across the U.S. today have access to ratings of individual surgeons based on outcomes—how often their patients die in hospital or within 90 days of hospital discharge, have serious complications in hospital, or need to be readmitted to a hospital within 90 days of discharge. [More]
Health care education researchers call for more research funding to support medical training

Health care education researchers call for more research funding to support medical training

Health care education researchers, led by Dr. Julian Archer from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, have penned a heartfelt editorial in The BMJ calling for more research funding to support the evidence base for medical training. [More]

Zen Medical to showcase ZenCharts EHR system at Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare conference

Zen Medical, LLC., a division of Sanomedics, Inc. announced today that it will be exhibiting at booth # 8 at Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee, June 22-23 at the Hilton Downtown Nashville. [More]
Insomnia affects empathy in health care workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes

Insomnia affects empathy in health care workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes

A new study suggests that insomnia decreases empathy in health care workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes and medical errors. [More]
Meritage ACO named winner of Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award

Meritage ACO named winner of Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award

Zynx Health™, the market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement and mobile care coordination solutions, proudly congratulates Meritage Accountable Care Organization for being named a winner in the 6th Annual Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Awards Program. [More]
The Valley Hospital receives A grade for patient safety in seven consecutive score reports

The Valley Hospital receives A grade for patient safety in seven consecutive score reports

For the seventh consecutive time, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. [More]
Two women's wellness practices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center awarded SCOPE certification

Two women's wellness practices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center awarded SCOPE certification

Two women's wellness practices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center have been awarded the Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women's Health by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. [More]
Capsule Tech announces availability of healthcare's first medical device information system

Capsule Tech announces availability of healthcare's first medical device information system

Capsule Tech, Inc., the leading global provider of medical device integration solutions, recently announced the general availability of SmartLinx, healthcare's first medical device information system (MDIS). [More]
Study evaluates effect of 2011 ACGME duty hour reforms on patient outcomes

Study evaluates effect of 2011 ACGME duty hour reforms on patient outcomes

In the first year after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) reduced the number of continuous hours that residents can work, there was no change in the rate of death or readmission among hospitalized Medicare patients, according to a new study published in JAMA. [More]
UTHealth receives $7.3 million grant to research on health information technology

UTHealth receives $7.3 million grant to research on health information technology

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics has been awarded grants totaling $7.3 million to enhance health care and biomedical discovery through the use of health information technology. [More]
New eye test objectively measures level of fatigue that doctors may feel after long shifts

New eye test objectively measures level of fatigue that doctors may feel after long shifts

An international team of scientists which includes researchers from the U. of Granada has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to establish in an objective way the level of fatigue in physicians after long shifts through their eye movement. [More]
California agency issues 'report cards' on insurers, medical groups

California agency issues 'report cards' on insurers, medical groups

The California Office of the Patient Advocate Wednesday released the report cards, which are based on 2013 claims data and patient surveys, a month ahead of Covered California's 2015 open enrollment period. [More]

FDA probes malfunctions of medical devices made by man who has championed patient safety

A Food and Drug Administration investigation last year found that Masimo Corp. did not adequately look into reports of problems with its devices, ProPublica reports, even though the company owner, Joe Kiani, has created a foundation dedicated to eliminating medical mistakes. In addition, the Boston Globe examines how medical technology companies are looking for new strategies to boost sales. [More]
COMS Interactive, PointRight partner to integrate advanced clinical services and predictive analytics

COMS Interactive, PointRight partner to integrate advanced clinical services and predictive analytics

PointRight Inc., the industry-standard analytics leader for healthcare providers and payers, and COMS Interactive, also known as Clinical Outcomes Management Systems, the leading disease management software provider in the post-acute care marketplace, announce that the two companies will leverage their collective clinical strengths and sales and marketing resources. [More]
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta integrates GaHIN’s Georgia ConnectedCare product in its HIE application

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta integrates GaHIN’s Georgia ConnectedCare product in its HIE application

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's) joins the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and clinicians to safely and securely exchange patient health information. [More]
Viewpoints: Many beneficiaries of health law don't vote; reboot for healthcare.gov

Viewpoints: Many beneficiaries of health law don't vote; reboot for healthcare.gov

For starters, my strong hunch from my own reporting in the region over the past couple years-;including several trips to Kentucky for a new book on McConnell-;is that the Democrats' biggest problem in Appalachia and the Upland South is not that the people who are benefitting from Obamacare or would stand to benefit from it if their states fully implemented the law are voting against their own interests, for Republicans. [More]
State highlights: Texas abortion clinic to reopen after ruling; Maine Medicaid cuts

State highlights: Texas abortion clinic to reopen after ruling; Maine Medicaid cuts

An embattled abortion clinic in McAllen, Tex., which was the last provider of abortions in the vast Rio Grande Valley when new state restrictions forced it to stop last fall, will start operating again by this weekend, its owner said Wednesday, after last week's favorable decision by a federal judge (Eckholm, 9/3). [More]
State highlights: Only 1/3 chose Medicaid plan in Fla.; Calif. Prop 46 money

State highlights: Only 1/3 chose Medicaid plan in Fla.; Calif. Prop 46 money

A selection of health policy stories from Florida, Oregon, California, New York, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey. [More]

Poll: Californians support stronger regulation of insurance rates

The ballot initiative, which will likely be the subject of a costly campaign battle, is championed by consumer groups but opposed by many in the medical and insurance industries. [More]

CARE Oklahoma partners with COMS Interactive

The Coalition of Advocates for Responsible Eldercare (CARE Oklahoma) has announced their newest CARE Partnership with COMS Interactive, LLC (also known as Clinical Outcomes Management Systems or COMS). [More]
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