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  1. EHR No Substitute for Nurse-Physician Communication
    The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality awarded a $1.6 million grant to a team of Michigan researchers to conduct a multi-year study on nurse and physician communication. The recent launch of the study coincides with last week’s news reports of a critical communication error made in a Dallas hospital which led to the discharge of a patient carrying the deadly Ebola virus. Researchers will investigate the technologies physicians and nurses use today to communicate, the effects of a decline in face-to-face communication and the need for multiple levels of communication given certain circumstances.
  2. Are Hospitals Really Serious About Patient Safety? 6 Things We can Learn from Other Industries
    Keeping patients safe isn’t just about the tools that we put in place to mitigate error. It’s about the people using those tools and how they interface in order to create a culture that demands mutual accountability and fundamentally does not allow preventable harm.
  3. How Geisinger Engages Patients
    One Pennsylvania healthcare system has discovered that patient engagement happens when clinicians not only use the right tools but when they use them in the right ways. Read how tools like Open Notes have helped physicians make the jump from writing “clinical receipts” to true “clinical notes” and how clinicians have used iPads to interactively deliver essential¬†educational information to patients.
  4. Can Our Brains Handle the Information Age?
    Dr. Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., says he loves that his physician chooses to look up a dosage or a medication’s generic name instead of relying on his memory because it seems much less fallible given the fact that people, including doctors, make mistakes every day. Consider Dr. Levitin’s fascinating commentary regarding the effects that externalizing information and multi-tasking have on the brain in an age when the ability to properly filter information is critical if we are to not be distracted by the irrelevant.