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February 28, 2013
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  • Study ties reduced medication errors to CPOE systems
    Using computerized provider order entry systems to process prescription orders reduced the possibility for errors by 48%, a study based on data from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey and EHR Adoption Database finds. "Current policies to increase CPOE adoption and use will likely prevent millions of additional medication errors each year," researchers said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • IOM workshop finds docs need help with patient engagement
    More incentives and training are needed to help physicians engage patients in medical decision-making, researchers and doctors told an Institute of Medicine workshop. Data show patients who are more involved in their care have better outcomes and lower costs, but Dr. Eric Holmboe of the American Board of Internal Medicine said the medical profession does not do enough to help clinicians develop their ability to engage patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds declining number of black male doctors
    A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges revealed black men made up only 2.5% of medical student applicants in 2011, a slight decrease from 2002. Researchers also found the number of new black male doctors decreased to 2.4% in 2011, despite a 3% increase in the number of black male medical school graduates in the last 10 years. American Medical News (free content) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  E-Health Watch 
  • Study: EHR reviews needed to address clinical errors
    A study in JAMA Internal Medicine calls on increasing EHR reviews to help providers prevent breakdowns during consultations that lead to diagnostic errors. The study, which reviewed cases from a large Department of Veterans Affairs facility and integrated private health care system, found that the diseases frequently misdiagnosed included urinary tract infection/pyelonephritis and pneumonia. "Most errors were associated with potential for moderate to severe harm," according to the authors. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Products & Innovation 
  • Foundation chooses online network for research platform grant
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given Web-based network PatientsLikeMe a $1.9 million grant for the development of an open-participation research platform that could be used to enhance patient-centered health outcome measures. "We believe it has the potential to help researchers better understand the course of disease and open up important paths for the development of new therapies," said Brian Quinn, RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio team director. Healthcare IT News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACC News 
  • ACC, CMS and Yale launch voluntary public reporting effort for PCI readmissions
    This spring, hospitals participating in the ACC’s CathPCI Registry® will have the opportunity to review and voluntarily report their results on the 30-day risk-standardized Percutaneous Coronary Intervention readmission measure. Hospitals that choose to partake in this effort will have their readmission rates posted on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website. The measure was developed in collaboration with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation -- Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation using rigorous scientific methodology and is supported by the CMS. CathPCI Registry-participating hospitals will receive their measure results and the data used to calculate their measure scores in a hospital-specific report posted privately on the NCDR report Dashboard starting the week of March 18. NCDR hospitals are encouraged to take part in this program by reviewing their reports and agreeing to have their data publicly reported on Hospital Compare by April 19. Learn more about how your hospital can participate in voluntary public reporting at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC’s new chronic angina clinical community launched
    The American College of Cardiology has launched a new chronic angina clinical community on The site serves as a forum for discussions on topics related to current and relevant aspects of stable ischemic heart disease, including the variations in symptoms and clinical characteristics that present with this prevalent condition. Users can find information on chronic angina including case challenges, news, polls and more. The primary goal of the community is to offer perspective, as well as facilitate discussion around ways clinicians can approach this disease. Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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