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News Corner: NQF Guidelines Support HIT Innovation and Patient Safety

Health IT continues to skyrocket, supporting hospitals and providers as they strive for increased efficiency and cost savings. However, throughout this progress, the patient cannot be forgotten. The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released their “Identification and Prioritization of Health…

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News Corner: How Pharmacists Improve Patient Outcomes in the ICU

A new study shows that as pharmacists’ roles expand in the hospital, it may be appropriate to take advantage of their clinical expertise in the ICU.  Pharmacists can help improve patient outcomes by knowing when to reduce drugs that cause…

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News Corner: “Innovate or Die” and Other Trends from HIMSS16

Last week was the 54th annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. This year’s show featured over 1,300 exhibitors, 40,000 attendees and a dozen specialty areas on the show floor. As in the past, data and healthcare interoperability continued to be major…

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News Corner: The Importance of Nursing Informatics to Be Covered at HIMSS

Though HIMSS has traditionally catered to an IT/informaticist audience, technological innovations are shifting some of the focus to nurses. At HIMSS16, longtime CIO, Edward Marx, Vice President of the Advisory Board Company, will present why he believes nurses should be…

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News Corner: Top Patient Safety Concerns for 2016

In the last five years, much progress was made in addressing top patient safety concerns in hospitals. Hospital-acquired condition rates have dropped along with patient deaths. However, despite numerous activities and campaigns seeking to eliminate, or largely limit, medical errors…

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News Corner: Is Meaningful Use Going Away?

On Tuesday this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt publicly stated that the opportunity to sunset the less-than-successful meaningful use program might have come. While many of the goals and desired…

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News Corner: Health IT Expectations in 2016

This past year continued the momentum for healthcare IT technology innovation that started more than a decade ago. 2015 was filled with “FHIR-drills” around ICD-10, the rocky transition from Meaningful Use Stage 2 to Stage 3, and an ongoing push…

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News Corner: AHRQ Reports Significant Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell According to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the rate of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) fell by 17 percent over a four-year period, from 145 HACs per…

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News Corner: 7 Ways to Improve Adherence for Patients on HIV Regimens

On World AIDS Day (December 1), Pharmacy Times published an article that listed seven ways pharmacists can help HIV-infected patients with medication adherence. The importance of consistently taking prescribed medications is especially critical for these individuals to prevent resistance to…

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News Corner: Giving Patients Access to Physician Notes Can Improve Adherence

As hospitals transition to electronic health systems, information sharing is designed to be easier between providers. A recent post on this blog looked at the benefits of physicians sharing EHR information with community pharmacists. Patients are also looking for access…

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