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. Providing a State-by-State Picture of the Nation’s Opioids Crisis
    The United States Department of Health and Human services has identified the nation’s opioid epidemic as a top priority. Click here to access an interactive map comparing opiod-related hospitalization trends across the country. AHRQ Views
  2. Hospitals must factor patient safety into security strategies
    Today, caring for patients also means caring for their data. In fact, making the connection between information security and patient safety could actually help distinguish an organization in the filed. HealthcareITNews    
  3. Instagram posts can reveal depression better than anything patients tell their doctors
    A paper published in the journal EPJ Data Science details how a research team built a tool that can detect depression by analyzing social media posts. Quartz 
  4. Patient Safety in Action: Cutting through Challenges to Improve Surgical Quality Outcomes in the MHS 
    The Military Health System is partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to better operating room processes and to reduce complications and incidents including infections, readmissions and venous thromboembolism. Health.mil