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. An Idea Borrowed From South Africa: Ordinary Citizens Fill Gaps In Health Care
    Poverty stricken communities in the United States are seeing devastating healthcare-related issues similar to those in South Africa. A shortage of professional clinicians and a distrust of available treatment options and outlets are at the top of that list. Read how providers in both countries are expanding their healthcare models to accommodate their poorest and most under-served patients.  Kaiser Health News
  2. St. Jude forms cyber panel after claims of heart-device bugs
    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate claims that heart devices manufactured by St. Jude Medical, the Minnesota-based company is busy establishing the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board.  Reuters
  3. Survey: Healthcare attorneys believe industry at high risk for cyberattacks
    According to a survey of nearly 300 attorneys, conducted by Bloomberg Law and the American Health Lawyers Association, 9 out of 10 surveyed believe the healthcare industry is more susceptible to cyber attacks than any other industry. Learn why. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
  4. Report: 85% of patients believe technology-enabled communication is as useful as in-person visits
    According to a new report, email, text and voicemail messages are helpful and are particularly impactful when it comes to motivating and engaging patients with chronic illness. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
  5. Specific type of heater-cooler linked to life-threatening infections, CDC warns: 9 things to know
    Consider these takeaways from recent warnings issued regarding heater-cooler devices, widely used in bypass procedures nationwide, and their potential to spread deadly bacterial infections. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
  6. Addressing Health Literacy Can Advance Patient Engagement
    October is Health Literacy Month. As important as it is for individuals to become health literate, it is equally important for organizations to break down barriers that could prevent patients and families from successfully navigating their systems, processes, facilities and information.
  7. Suzanne Korf: Experience with hospital service reveals gaps in system
    While this Montreal hospital fundraising professional acknowledges that her mother-in-law was medically well cared for following a heart attack, she was left questioning why communication was not a priority for an organization focused on providing patient and family-centered care.  Montreal Gazette
  8. Hospital Room Design Connected to Key Aspect of Patient Safety
    A researcher at Texas Tech University received nearly $100,000 from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to continue his research into how the physical design of a hospital room can incorporate solutions that enhance safety by preventing patient falls. Infection Control Today
  9. Healthcare CIOs: True interoperability ‘not even close’
    Panelists at an event on Capitol Hill say not only do we have a long way to go in the effort to pass health data back-and-forth with ease, but many doctors have given up on interoperability. HIEWatch
  10. Lapse in Antibiotics Leads to Sepsis
    Read an AHRQ Patient Safety Network case study illustrating how a delay in treatment of sepsis resulted in a longer, more complicated hospital stay for a patient following an emergent cesarean delivery. AHRQ – Patient Safety Network