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Blog posts tagged with patient safety

  • Quality care in a nutshell

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    August 31, 2017

    Methodist Hospital of Southern California is achieving exceptional performance in patient safety. Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer Dr. Bala Chandrasekhar said, “Patients essentially want three things from their hospitals: don’t hurt me, heal me and be nice to me. And they want them in that order.” Read more…

  • That moment a nurse never forgets

    Kerry D. Bruning
    May 05, 2016

    Every nurse has at least one eye-opening experience that changes them forever. One of mine happened in a pediatric oncology unit almost 20 years ago. I was taking care of a seven-year-old boy, Jack*, who was recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Weakened by intense radiology and chemotherapy treatments, he had been unresponsive for several days. Despite his illness, Jack was an optimist. He was raising money to buy a bicycle so he could ride home from Read more…

  • Reducing pressure ulcers and falls with collaboration and a programmable EHR

    Steven Shaha
    April 26, 2016

    Some time ago (i.e., 2008), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented policies aimed at eliminating reimbursements for several “never events.” CMS estimated that avoidable adverse events and errors cost $300 million annually – not to mention unnecessary patient suffering – and so needed to end. High among the focal never events were falls, including falls with injuries, and decubitus or pressure ulcers (PUs), especially those of higher severity, risk and cost, Stage III or Stage IV. Read more…

  • Using LACE as a tool to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions

    Salman Naqvi
    April 13, 2016

    In a recent Client Outcomes Collaboration Program webinar, Allscripts clients shared how they have used the LACE index to identify patients who are at risk for readmission. Based on what they’ve found, they’ve taken different approaches to intervening with their patient populations. What is LACE and how does it help prevent readmissions? Read more…

  • United in safety: Making patient safety a top priority

    Geoff Caplea
    March 15, 2016

    This week marks National Patient Safety Awareness Week, but in practice, Allscripts makes patient safety a priority all year. Everyone across the healthcare industry has a part to play in keeping patients safe from harm. Here are some recent examples of how Allscripts and clients are using technology effectively to keep patients safe: Improve electronic health record (EHR) usability with user-centered design (UCD) – A Read more…

  • Fewer alerts reduce the amount of “think time” for clinicians

    Steven Shaha
    March 10, 2016

    Drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts are supposed to help clinicians reduce risk of prescribing medications that may result in adverse drug events. The adverse events reflect medications that, when prescribed together, can cause bad events and outcomes for patients. But it is well proven that “alert fatigue” does harm, and in this case, negatively impacts any favorable intents or efficacy of avoiding DDIs. Alert fatigue, including for DDIs, happens because of the onerous number of alerts considered low-value by Read more…

  • Safer medications with closed-loop delivery

    Salman Naqvi MD MPH
    January 19, 2016

    Atlantic General Hospital (Berlin, Maryland, U.S.A.) shared its success with Allscripts Sunrise™ Knowledge-Based Medication Administration to reduce adverse drug events. The effort was all about improving patient safety and is deeply rooted in clinician experiences, such as this one shared by Vice President of Patient Care Colleen Wareing: “I can remember to this day, standing in an ICU 37 years ago... Read more…

  • Reducing C. diff cases and improving anti-microbial stewardship

    Salman Naqvi MD MPH
    January 05, 2016

    We recently worked with a hospital in Newport Beach, California, U.S.A. to maximize Allscripts Sunrise capabilities for better outcomes. We formed an Outcomes Board with leaders from both entities representing clinical, financial and operational disciplines. The Outcomes Board sets goals, identifies anticipated returns on investment and develops metrics for performance improvements. Read more…

  • How a U.K. hospital reduced cardiac arrest rates by one-third

    Steven Shaha
    December 21, 2015

    Locally programmable, adaptable Electronic Patient Records (EPRs)* are the most justifiable approach for a host of reasons. It’s the only approach that empowers true collaboration between clinicians and IT professionals. Also, the only approach that can reflect current and newly evolving challenges and concerns clinically or otherwise. As a result, these EPRs lead to real and sustained improvements in clinical outcomes, such as reducing sepsis and length of stay. As one clinician said, “If the EPR is not programmable here, then we can’t work together Read more…

  • Fewer alerts, higher response rates, safer patients

    Steven Shaha
    September 01, 2015

    Applications of electronic health record (EHR) technology and capabilities often do NOT consider the needs of pediatric settings. As healthcare clinicians know, pediatric patients are not just small adults. Children have unique and different needs and interventions than their adult counterparts, so that many adult-ready HIT solutions do not necessarily fit comfortably with pediatric patients or caregivers. One of our clients, a pediatric specialty hospital, had been successfully using the EHR with full computerized Read more…

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