mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. National Health IT Week to Draw Hundreds Download the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s complete toolkit for celebrating National Health IT Week in your community as the organization braces for a week of advocacy planned for September 16 – 20.
  2. Matt Whitman Letter on “My Near Miss” Inspired by Dr. Danielle Ofri’s op-ed article, published last May in the New York Times, a retired Michigan State Trooper shares his own personal story of how a stroke of luck and a sharp nurse saved his life. Access both articles here.
  3. Injuries Linked to Da Vinci Surgeries Underreported, Researchers Say Following the discovery of at least eight cases of patient harm or death resulting during robotic surgery but not reported to the Food and Drug Administration, researchers at Johns Hopkins University are convinced that the agency’s reported figure of 245 events, out of over 1 million procedures performed since 2000, must be inaccurate.