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. What Apple’s Healthkit and Health App Mean for Physicians
    While attending Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Henry Feldman, MD, explains why he believes the healthcare app market is sitting at the same place digital music was resting just before Apple introduced the iPod. Learn more about some of the technologies demonstrated at the conference and how they could possibly help physicians better utilize the least called upon resource in health care – the patient.
  2. Free eBook Details Benefits of Inter-Rater Reliability Assessments
    The growing demand for accountability across the healthcare industry necessitates the thorough collection of valid and reliable healthcare quality data. Not only does abstracted data drive improvement initiatives, but it also impacts hospital reimbursements. Mistakes matter, and double-checking healthcare quality data for accuracy is imperative.
  3. How to Improve Computerized Physician Order Entry
    Citing a new study that shows medical interns spend only 12% of their time in direct patient care and up to 40% of their time in front of computers, one physician voices concern as to why it sometimes takes longer to enter an order into a medical system than it does to order an item online. Hopeful for the future, he suggests that if we involve frontline physicians with strong IT knowledge in every aspect of the software design process, a system that requires seconds of a clinician’s time, as opposed to minutes, is well within reach.
  4. Recruits Now Registering for July 18 PS Boot Camp
    American Data Network PSO will offer its popular full-day Patient Safety Boot Camp program on July 18, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The program outlines a blueprint for organizational patient safety; provides methods for designing, implementing and improving patient safety strategies; and explores methods of analyzing patient safety data to minimize risk and injury.