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. ECRI: Top 10 Health Tech Dangers
    Alarm hazards top the ECRI Institute’s 2014 list of health IT dangers intended to draw attention to looming tech-related threats to patient safety. Find out what other 9 safety issues the organization has identified as high priority for the coming year.
  2. Surgeons’ Disrupted Sleep Not a Safety Factor
    Access a first-of-its-kind study, published this week in the JAMA, that examined outcomes in cases where physicians, who performed emergency surgeries during the midnight to 7 a.m. shift, went on to operate on previously schedule patients later the same day.
  3. 3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations with Doctors
    Discover ways that doctors’ offices are addressing privacy and reimbursement issues associated with a growing demand for e-mail consults with their physicians.
  4. NY Hospital Group Grades Report Cards
    Read ‘HANYS’ Report on Report Cards, which used a three-star rating system to score 10 government and private organization-issued report cards. This response comes in the wake of much criticism voiced by frustrated hospitals claiming that some organizations’ flawed grading processes are generating nothing but confusion for stakeholders.
  5. Avoiding Checklist Fatigue: Interview with Dr. Thomas Varghese
    Dr. Varghese discusses why developers of the Strong for Surgery initiative believe that negative surgical outcomes are often “predetermined and modifiable.” Learn what tips he gives for combating “checklist fatigue” during the process of engaging and training patients for surgery.
  6. Joint Commission Announces ‘Top Performers’
    The Joint Commission’s annual quality report is out, and one third of the hospitals eligible for evaluation earned “Top Performer” billing by showing that they have provided an evidence-based care practice at least 95 percent of the time for patients with specified conditions.