Implementing sound health IT practices can help reduce patient matching errors, but getting a good program off the ground requires buy-in from healthcare executives and stakeholders throughout an organization, according to presenters at an ECRI Institute and the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety webinar on Thursday.
The combination of CPOE and clinical decision support programs are meant to provide a robust safeguard against improper medication dosing in the pediatric population, but a new study suggests that the use of such systems within an EHR have varied results.
Efforts to lift the federal ban against allowing Congress to discuss patient identity solutions is picking up momentum, with AHIMA joining provider, payer, and health IT stakeholder groups in asking legislators to make the issue a priority.
The ability to provide an advocate to be present for each patient is not currently possible or feasible. But what if it was? A new smart phone application is currently being tested that will provide a giant step forward in helping a patient safely navigate a hospital stay.
A high-profile new study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States—but that it is not listed as such because of the way cause of death is coded and reported.