mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here’s 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. Airline cancellations expose latent issues with electronic systems: A doctor’s perspective
    One physician, blogger provides commentary on some of the pitfalls that come with relying on electronic medical record systems. Plan to join his Twitter chat on the topic on September 6. patientsafe 
  2. Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled
    Learn about the special “ACE” (Acute Care for Elders) units that hospitals, like San Francisco General, are creating in order to provide older patients the intense, specialized care that they need. Kaiser Health News 
  3. The Next Wave of Hospital Innovation to Make Patients Safer
    Four leading patient safety experts use advancements in surgical quality and safety to illustrate what they term the “3 Waves of Innovation in Patient Safety.” Find out why they say the coming third wave will be driven by the strides providers are going to need to make in organizing for highly reliable performance. Harvard Business Review 
  4. Advancing the Role of Nursing, Optimizing Quality Clinical Care
    Consider the impact of the ongoing merger of technology and clinical care as well as the growing influence of nursing informatics. Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare 
  5. From Sweden to Texas via the IHI National Forum: Do-It-Yourself Dialysis
    Read this physician’s story of how he managed to reign in his post-conference enthusiasm, use data to get his colleagues’ attention, and ultimately drive engagement, change, and improvement in his Texas clinic. IHI Blog
  6. Study: EMR analysis tool cuts errors during patient handoffs
    Hospital handoffs present perfect opportunities for important information about patients to get lost in the shuffle. Access new research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, that points to ways clinicians can better utilize technology to improve communication and convey vital intelligence. MedCity New
  7. Medicare’s Readmission Penalties Hit New High
    While the number of hospitals penalized for 30-day readmissions is predicted to contiune to hover around 2,597, which is about half the nation’s hospitals, the average penalty will increase by 20 percent.  Kaiser Health News
  8. Can Automated Prompts Reduce Surgical Site Infections?
    More than 500,000 patients a year contract surgical site infections, but new student-led research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that an inexpensive, common-sense approach, involving the use of automated patient reminders, may help to drastically reduce SSIs.  HealthLeaders Media