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. Top 10 Technologies Healthcare Leaders (Should) Want
    Download the ECRI Institute’s guide to its “must think carefully about” list of the 10 technologies hospital C-Suite leaders need to be particularly attuned to in 2014. Consider the impact researchers are predicting certain medical devices, environmental designs and big data could have on care delivery this year.
  2. How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety
    Michael Chen, MD, a physician and software coder, shares his growing concern that practicing physicians need much more input into EHR design. Chen says that unless these systems are built to think more like physicians do, patient safety will be significantly compromised. Chen details a system flaw brought to his attention when a patient was endangered because an EHR automatically removed asthma medication prescribed “as needed” from her active medications list.
  3. Fresh Take on Hospital Discharges Cuts Readmissions
    Learn how Detroit Medical Center’s elimination of the word “discharge” and subsequent adoption of a new “shared responsibilities” mentality helped transform their patients’ goodbye experience into a well-defined and supportive transitioning process.
  4. Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2014, Part 1
    Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2014, Part 2 
    Healthcare-acquired Infections and readmissions top HealthLeaders Media’s list of healthcare quality issues that will take center stage in 2014.
  5. The Moral Imperative To Disclose Medical Error: Doing the Right Thing
    Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, shares details of its journey toward the establishment of a just culture that includes full disclosure. They offer insight that nonsecular and secular organizations, alike, should find valuable .