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. Hopkins to share surgical care methods with 750 other hospitals
    The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality awarded Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality an initial $4 million to begin work with 750 hospitals across the nation to improve care for surgical patients. The Baltimore Sun 
  2. Medical device ‘birth certificates’ could solve healthcare security woes
    One security expert believes that medical devices and patient data could be well protected through the use of digital birth certificates imbedded by manufacturers. Discover why he says such a signature is critical to warding off the barrage of medical attacks healthcare is experiencing today. ZDNet
  3. How do we improve patient safety? A look at the issues and an interview with Dr. Britt
    Noted patient advocate and healthcare leader, L.D. Britt, MD, past president of the American College of Surgeons, provides insight as to the barriers preventing real progress in patient safety. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons 
  4. Copy Fees and Limitation of Patients’ Access to Their Own Medical Records
    In an article published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers investigate why it’s so costly for patients to acquire copies of their own medical records and how our existence in a digital age might alleviate this issue. The JAMA Network
  5. Data For Improving Healthcare vs Data For Exasperating Healthcare Workers 
    Focusing too heavily on one metric could sacrifice quality in another area. Consider the prospect of developing a synergy between data for accountability and data for learning.  The Health Care Blog
  6. The Best Data Scientists Get Out and Talk to People
    This author explains why truly great data science involves pushing away from the computer and getting out in the field where valuable “soft data” can be collected and considered. Learn more about how he says seeing the big picture and understanding how data is going to be used can impact results. Harvard Business Review 
  7. Sepsis Tops Conditions Tracked for Readmission Rates, but Triggers No Penalties
    Not only is sepsis the leading cause of hospital readmissions, it’s also the number one killer of patients. Yet, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services disregards this data when passing down penalties for excessive readmissions which are readily issued for returns to the hospital associated with heart attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia. HealthLeaders Media 
  8. Living in a Retro Health Care System
    How far back in time do you think you’d need to travel before the processes within our healthcare system seemed antiquated? This blogger’s take offers something to think about. Tincture
  9. Examining the Copy and Paste Function in the Use of Electronic Health Records
    Access findings from an in-depth study of how practitioners use the copy and paste functionality within the EHR and where lies the potential for error. Included in the report are recommendations for safety mechanisms that could be incorporated into system design. NIST