We 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. (Subscribe today if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)


  1. Health Care Providers Must Stop Wasting Patients’ Time
    Researchers at Kaiser Permanente are innovating to create a care system in which every workflow is created for, and with, patients in mind. For instance, they predict that 50 percent of their elective hip and knee surgeries will not require an overnight stay in the hospital —  meaning more clinician time will be devoted to real patient care. The authors’  final paragraph provides compelling testimony as to why. Harvard Business Review
  2. ‘Rory’s Regs’ on sepsis require hospital checklists, save lives
    A report in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that swift use of a sepsis checklist paired with appropriate administration of antibiotics, the better chance a patient has of surviving sepsis. USA Today    Plus, to download ADN’s free Sepsis Tipsheets, click here.
  3. Putting A Lid On Waste: Needless Medical Tests Not Only Cost $200B
    Financial incentives and fear of malpractice litigation continue to fuel physician orders of duplicated lab tests, unnecessary preoperative testing and even risky surgeries or procedures. Read how initiatives like the Choosing Wisely campaign are helping clinicians reverse this trend while preventing harm and cutting costs. Kaiser Health News
  4. Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems
    Access a new report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that explores the relationship between patient safety and health IT and suggests actions steps that providers, policymakers and health IT developers can take to strengthen it. EHRIntelligence 
  5. Obstacles to Patient Safety
    Link to a series of 13 brief blog posts, each  which suggests a compelling reason why improving patient safety may be much harder than one might assume. PatientSafe Network
  6. DeSalvo: Interoperability crucial to patient safety
    Former assistant secretary for health and national coordinator for health IT, Karen DeSalvo, MD, recently discussed cultural changes, including more engaged, tech-savvy patients, that are impacting interoperability. HealthcareITNews