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  1. UW creates 3-D virtual home as research tool: 4 things to know

    The vizHOME is a virtual re-creation of a home, where the visitor uses "active stereo glasses" allowing one to see the home in 3-D. Housed in a small room in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the recreation is a very realistically cluttered living abode and can be a research tool to understand living habits, where people keep medications and how they remember to take them.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. 4 notes on the real reason physicians are quitting: Aging, ACA or EHRs?

    Although everyone from Terry Jones, the Lewin Group and Charles Krauthammer have been pessimistic about issues such as the Affordable Care Act and EHRs, Dan Diamond, contributor for Forbes, argues that the real reason physicians are quitting is because of old age, and not because of outrage.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 10 notes on U.S. drug shortages

    Drug shortages are a rising healthcare issue facing the country, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient care with practitioners

Penn State Hershey Medical Center will share how their engagement and talent management strategy has transformed their onboarding experience and ongoing staff development.
  1. Pre-surgery MRSA decontamination drives down SSI rate in elective orthopedic procedures — 5 key notes

    Preoperative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus decontamination decreased the surgical site infection rate significantly among patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery with hardware implantation, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Most common ASC errors in Oregon — 5 key notes

    The Oregon Patient Safety Commission was created to improve patient safety, and has been collecting information which they annually publish, but this year, the percentage of facilities reporting mistakes was down 2 percent from 2013, now at about 11 percent, reports The Bulletin.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. U.S. military accidentally ships anthrax, possibly exposes lab workers: 4 key notes

    The United States military inadvertently shipped live anthrax via FedEx, which resulted in four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas being put in post-exposure treatment, reports CNN.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Data analytics education program to aid healthcare quality — 5 key notes

    Health Catalyst, a data warehousing and analytics company, launched an educational program, Health Catalyst Academy, to help health systems improve quality by using data to aid their operational decisions.  By Brandon Howard -

Robotic technology for orthopedics in the ASC

Robotic technology is well established across multiple specialties in the hospital setting, due primarily to the clinical and strategic value it brings. Robotics, especially for orthopedics, is gaining traction in the ASC setting with early adopters who recognize its value.
  1. CMS proposes quality rating system to Medicaid, CHIP: 5 things to know

    New CMS proposed rules will measure healthcare quality and performance of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, similar to that of the five-star ranking that is already in place for Medicare.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US: 7 things to know

    A man died yesterday of the rare disease Lassa fever after returning from Liberia to the United States, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention statement.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Hospitals use new techniques to monitor patients: 5 key notes

    Hospitals are using new strategies to monitor patients at all hours, and are looking for dangerous signs of decomposition in patients.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. The emotional impact of a medical error

    A survey of 265 nurses and physicians from the United Kingdom and United States found that they feel "professional and personal disruption after an error," according to a recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. 12 California hospitals pay $775k in penalties from California Department of Public Health

    The California Department of Public Health fined 12 hospitals after they found issues that caused or could cause serious harm to patients, according to a DPH statement.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Biggest hazards facing ASCs: 3 leaders share opinions

    Whether your surgery center is a joint venture, has been recently acquired, or is independently operated, one thing all ASCs have in common is hazard control and prevention protocol.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Johns Hopkins moves to stop procedures that are performed infrequently: 4 things to know

    Following a recent U.S. News & World Report finding that small-volume hospitals pose a greater risk to patients, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, along with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and the University of Michigan, is trying to establish "minimum-volume standards," in an attempt to stop physicians from performing procedures they do infrequently, reports Baltimore Business Journal.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 35 new cases of Ebola, says WHO: 5 things to know on latest outbreaks

    The week to May 17 saw the highest weekly total of confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in over a month, according to a World Health Organization report.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. 4 notes of Centura Health's online pricing and quality tool

    Englewood, Colo.-based health system Centura Health is offering consumers the ability to compare pricing and quality online, reports Summit Daily. This solution is aimed at meeting the consumer's goal to make informed, value-based decisions.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. APIC and SHEA "strongly agree" with FDA's ruling on healthcare antiseptic products: 5 key notes

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for additional safety and effectiveness data for certain ingredients in antiseptic products that are used in healthcare facilities, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America support the call, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. Higher risks at smaller hospitals, says report: 5 things to know

    In small-volume hospitals, patients face greater risks because the surgeons perform too few procedures, even common operations such as joint replacements, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report.    By Brandon Howard -
  8. Method to prevent pediatric medical errors: 4 things to know

    Authors of a new study on reducing pediatric harm developed a Pediatric All-Cause Harm Management Tool to detect if "an adverse event may have occurred," during medical practice according to a Med Page Today report.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. IOM: 15 core areas physicians can focus on to provide true quality

    The Institute of Medicine has released a report on the core metrics for healthcare progress. Here are 15 core measures physicians can focus on in the midst of the push for value-based care. By Carrie Pallardy -

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