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. After a Medical Error, Patients Could Become Hospital Insiders
    Read about an unconventional but intriguing “what if” scenario presented by R. Adams Dudley, MD, founder of the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force, that could take transparency and the patient safety movement to a whole new height.
  2. CMS/ONC Propose Modifications to MU Timeline
    In a joint announcement made on Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a proposal that would give healthcare providers more flexibility in the way they utilize their electronic health record systems and extend the deadlines for meeting Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use attestation requirements.
  3. ‘Stunning’ Number of Sepsis Cases Among Patients Who Die in Hospitals
    According to a report published by Kaiser Permanente, as many as one half of patients who die in hospitals have sepsis. Read the report, which confirms the importance of early detection being that research indicates that the majority of these patients may have already had sepsis when they were admitted to the hospital.
  4. Fall Prevention Study Focuses on Wearable Sensors
    If bed alarms aren’t the answer when it comes to protecting patients from falling, what is?  Learn about an innovative pilot program being implemented at University of Arizona Medical Center to determine whether a small, lightweight sensor worn by patients to track temperature, heart rate and respiration can effectively detect key movement patterns and ultimately estimate fall risk.
  5. Reducing the Handoff Errors after Hospital Discharge
    Physician/blogger, Kenneth Lin, MD uses a fabulous  relay team analogy to explain and emphasize the necessity of performing smooth and effortless patient handoffs in hospitals. Access new research, via the links he provides, regarding strategies that include electronic handoff tools, standardized communication and handoff bundles.