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  1. HHS announces $200M in grants for Ebola preparedness in the U.S.

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced nearly $200 million in new funding to enhance state and local healthcare system preparedness for Ebola.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Patient safety company TraceLink raises $20M in funding

    TraceLink, based in Wakefield, Mass., has raised $20 million in funding, according to a Pulse 2.0 report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Healthcare biometrics market to reach $5B by 2020

    The market for healthcare biometrics is expected to reach a value of $5 billion by 2020, according to a Biometric Update report. By Carrie Pallardy -

Selecting and implementing EHR solutions

Legislative updates, economic impacts of electronic solutions, record options, and alternative options are all important elements to consider when planning for the right solutions to implement an EHR.  
  1. Hand hygiene compliance in ORs during anesthetic care significantly low, study says

    A study, published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, has found significant evidence for low adherence to hand hygiene guidelines in the operating room during anesthetic care.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 10 key statistics on medical errors

    Here are 10 things to know about how the public thinks about medical errors and patient safety, according to Harvard School of Public Health's "The Public's Views on Medical Error in Massachusetts."  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. TeleTracking Technologies joins National Patient Safety Foundation

    TeleTracking Technologies recently joined the National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Coalition. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 5 key concepts on peer-to-peer reviews in healthcare to improve infection control

    Would ambulatory surgery centers benefit from peer-to-peer reviews between physicians? By Laura Dyrda -

Is your ASC ready for a crisis? 

Simulation-based training has been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare facilities in ambulatory settings. Using clinical scenarios to create a representation of a "real world" emergency encourages the application and development of clinical skills and team collaboration through deliberate practice.
  1. National Patient Safety Foundation pushes for provider participation during Patient Safety Awareness Week in March

    Patient Safety Awareness Week if March 8 to March 15 this year. The National Patient Safety Foundation is urging healthcare providers unite and participate. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. How are healthcare providers trying to make surgery safer? 5 things to know

    Sentinel events still happen and a large number take place in the operating room. Here are five things to know about surgical errors and the ways healthcare providers are tackling the problem to make surgery safer, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 10 key notes on measles outbreaks: 2008-2015

    Measles outbreaks shot up last year, and are poised to continue growing this year. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Top 10 healthcare technology dangers for 2015

    ECRI Institute has published its annual list of "Top 10 Health Technology Hazards."  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. 91.9% of children have received measles vaccination

    As measles continues to spread throughout the U.S. in a way the nation hasn't really seen since 2000 (in January alone there were 102 confirmed measles cases), the debate about vaccines in general and the right to abstain from vaccination has continued to heat up. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. St. Cloud Surgical Center 1st ASC with Xenex germ-zap robot — 5 things to know

    St. Cloud Surgical Center is the first ambulatory surgery center in the United States to use the Xenex germ-zapping robot to disinfect operating rooms.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. The qualified clinical data registry: A primer for outpatient providers

    The rate of surgical procedures is increasing annually, with more than 53 million outpatient procedures performed in the United States in 2010.  By By Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Anesthesia Quality Institute, Chief Quality Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists -
  4. ASC nightmare: Wrong-site surgery & what to do about it

    To err is human. However, in the healthcare industry, with people's lives hanging in the balance, there is little space for error.  One of the most unfortunate, albeit common, preventable medical errors is wrong-site surgery.    By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. The importance of improving pain management in ASCs providing higher acuity procedures

    Ambulatory surgery centers are typically lauded for their high patient satisfaction rates. However, as higher acuity procedures, such as orthopedic and spine surgeries, are increasingly performed in the outpatient setting, surgeons are continually looking for treatments and techniques to ensure patient satisfaction, and pain management is a huge part of the equation.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. ASC QI project success: The 4 'E's that drive process standardization

    In a webinar hosted by Becker's Healthcare on Nov. 10, Gregory Hickman, MD, medical director and director of anesthesia at the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla., discussed the importance of process standardization in meeting infection control and quality improvement goals.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. 5 tips for avoiding wrong-site surgery

    At the Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting — The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 23 to 25, in Chicago, Sandra Jones, MBA, CASC, LHRM, FHFMA, senior vice president and COO of ASD Management, discussed the unfortunate but recurrent situation of wrong-site surgery in ambulatory surgery centers.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Wolters Kluwer Health teams with AAACN on ambulatory nursing software

    Wolters Kluwer Health entered into an agreement with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing to develop a new ambulatory care nursing category for Lippincott Procedures, a procedures software used by nurses and other clinicians.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Going from good to great: Why ASCs still need to improve infection control

    Ambulatory surgery centers are known for their typically low infection rates. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities confirmed this in September when it released statistics on patient safety in outpatient facilities. The data included outcomes and procedures for more than 12 million cases and found that the infection rate was one in 2,400 procedures.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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