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Lessons from Davies
Award Recipients
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor
Implementing an electronic medical record system should be easy. Using the system to modify behavior, document improved outcomes, and improve protocols will be a bit more challenging. Experts urge organizations to begin implementing EMR systems now, in order to get as much as possible from the federal stimulus funding that has been designated for health information exchanges. [Read More]
    
 
April 9, 2009
 
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Patient mishaps in Massachusetts hospitals top 300
A report released by Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials has found that in 2008 more than 300 patients in hospitals throughout the state suffered perilous falls (accounting for about two-thirds of the incidents reported), received the wrong medication, or had medical instruments left inside them. The study also found that 19 deaths last year could be linked to such events. However, officials say the findings shouldn't be seen as a quality report card, as hospitals' processes for reporting these incidents vary widely. [Read More]

Oregon Senate committee passes healthcare bills
In moving toward adoption of a reform plan developed by the Oregon Health Fund Board, the state Legislature has approved four bills that aim to improve healthcare, modernize the healthcare system, and reduce costs. The bills, passed in anticipation of Oregon receiving federal health reform funds, will establish a council to help providers convert to electronic patient records, bring together insurers and healthcare providers who will develop and use evidenced-based clinical guidelines and best practices, and establish a database on Oregon's healthcare workforce size and needs. State health officials estimate that about $1 billion a year in healthcare costs will eventually be saved by switching to electronic health record systems. [Read More]

'Culture of Health' Needs to Accompany Healthcare Reform, Commission Says
By communities failing to take proven steps to promote better health—including discouraging smoking and promoting healthy foods and physical activity—children today face having sicker, shorter lives than their parents, according to recommendations released last week by a panel of healthcare experts. While recognizing that there are obstacles to living a healthier life, the Commission to Build a Healthier America is pushing for a "national culture of health," urging people to take more responsibility for their health choices. The commission proposes several ways to do this, including banning junk food from schools and making sure children are physically active at least an hour every day. [Read More]

Illinois hospitals enlisting video translators
As the number of non-English speaking patients continues to rise, Illinois hospitals are unveiling a live video system that will make correspondence with these patients easier. The Illinois Video Interpreter Network will translate from healthcare providers to patients in 150 languages. Translators experienced in medical terms and healthcare terminology will be available by video or phone 24 hours a day. The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council and the California-based Paras and Associates have launched the system in three hospitals in Chicago, and a fourth in Salem. And now, another 25 other facilities in the state are considering adopting the technology. [Read More]

Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30.
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