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. How to Keep Doctors From Overprescribing Antibiotics
    Recent data shows 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices are unnecessary — as are at least that many prescribed in hospitals. As educational posters and revised policies surrounding appropriate antibiotic distribution don’t seem to be making an impression, patient safety expert, Dr. Peter Pronovost explains why change can happen only if we address the psychology of why we are willing to act against best interests and evidence.  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Non–health care facility medication errors resulting in serious medical outcomes
    A new study, using data from the National Poison Database System, shows that the rate of medication errors occurring outside of healthcare facilities and resulting in serious medical outcomes is on the rise. Access the study here and consider how common errors such as incorrect dosage and accidental overdose might be prevented.  AHRQ Patient Safety Network 
  3. Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn’t Increased Deaths
    After studying more than 6 million hospitalizations from over 5,000 hospitals over a seven-year period, a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found no evidence that efforts to significantly reduce hospital readmissions has resulted in greater risk of dying for recently discharged patients. NPR
  4. Only Half of Healthcare Professionals Report Their IT Infrastructure Is Safe from Cyber Attacks
    In the wake of recent highly publicized global ransomware attacks, a new Stat poll, conducted by the Medical Group Management Association with over 1200 healthcare professionals, suggests that it is time practitioners get serious about cyber security. Healthcare Informatics Institute
  5. Patient Engagement Terms Shaping Value-Based Care
    The definitions given here for the latest patient engagement buzzwords related to the rise of value-based care initiatives should help clear up any confusion caused by similar industry terms.  Patient Engagement HIT