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Ethical hacking at the DoD draws interest from HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services is considering developing a cybersecurity program that would pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in its computer systems. Federal Times

Paralyzed by errors, this Xbox designer is taking on hospital safety
Read how a former Microsoft design head plans to help the hospital where he suffered a debilitating injury put a stop to the kind of system breakdowns that put him in a wheelchair. The Seattle Times

Patient Safety Movement Applauds the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) & MedStar Health for Developing the CANDOR Toolkit
Learn more about the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) online toolkit created by AHRQ which the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is encouraging healthcare organizations worldwied to adopt. Read how implementation of the toolkit can support organizations’ efforts to create a culture of safety. Patient Safety Movement Foundation

 Let’s Stop Making Excuses For Egregious Medical Errors
Taking into account recent tragedies covered by the news media, it’s clear that Americans value life and typically appreciate valient efforts to save even one life. So, why aren’t people more serious about preventing the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused annually by medical error? One Health Affairs blogger offers six steps the healthcare industry can take to improve patient safety. Health Affairs Blog

Screen Flashes And Pop-Up Reminders: ‘Alert Fatigue’ Spreads Through Medicine
Just like the electronic calendar reminders that people receive on their smartphones, the automated messages and alerts built into EHR systems are turning into “noise to be ignored” instead of warnings to be observed and acted upon. Consider some of the steps users are taking to fix this problem.  Kaiser Health News

CMS Proposes Requiring Medicare Hospitals to Adopt New Antibiotic Controls
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule change to its Conditions of Participation which would require hospitals to implement antibiotic stewardship programs in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The Wall Street Journal

‘Drug Round Game’ teaches medication error prevention
Discover how a little friendly competition among nurses and other healthcare professionals is making a big impact on the way medication is distributed. Find out how a game developed in London is facilitating critical discussions, idea exchange and opportunities to practice drug calculations.

This is what made doctors wash their hands
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. View a quick slide show of images of millions of bacteria found on common surfaces which were used by the infection team at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System to convince staff members that hand-washing is not optional. CNN Health +

What Makes SBAR So “Sticky”?
Situation–Background–Assessment–Recommendation. Here is an excellent illustration of how this simple, elegant communication framework is used to efficiently convey crucial information among healthcare professionals. IHI Improvement Blog