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April 2019
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Using machine learning for preop prediction of postop mortality, ICU admission

Editor's Note Machine learning can be used to improve surgical risk prediction compared to traditional risk calculators, this study from Singapore finds. The traditional Combined Assessment of Risk Encountered in Surgery and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status models were compared with machine learning models in the prediction of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
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ECRI Institute announces Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award winners

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on April 1 announced the 11 US healthcare organizations that received its 2019 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. The winners demonstrated excellence in overall spend management in their supply chain processes, and include: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA Cooperative Services…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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Joint Commission: eCQM Proven Practices must be submitted by April 5

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 20 announced that time is running out for organizations to submit applications for the 2019 Pioneers in Quality Proven Practices Collection. Applications must be submitted online by April 5. Among topics of interest: Demonstrating improvements in clinical performance or outcomes using electronic clinical…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2019
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After 10 years, EHRs don’t live up to promise

Editor's Note The US government claimed that digitization of healthcare records would improve the quality and value of healthcare; however, 10 years after legislation fast-tracked the move to electronic healthcare records (EHRs), even the architects of the effort agree that the $36 billion investment has not delivered as expected, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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Cleveland Clinic launches new artificial intelligence center

Editor's Note The Cleveland Clinic has launched a new Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence, which will focus on applying machine learning to healthcare diagnostics, predictive analytics, and treatment planning, the March 13 Health IT Analytics reports. As part of the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Analytics division, the new center will analyze…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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Joint Commission accepting applications for leaders in eCQM proven practices

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on February 27 that in support of organizations adopting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), it is accepting applications from accredited hospitals and health systems for the “2019 Pioneers in Quality Proven Practices Collection.” The organizations’ success stories can be used as learning tools to…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2019
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Unnecessary UTI testing cut by 45%

Editor's Note Making a simple change to the electronic system used by physicians to order urine tests can cut by 45% the number of bacterial cultures ordered without compromising the identification of patients who need treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), this study finds. In this analysis of 18,954 patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 25, 2019
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Editorial

Interest in data analytics, artificial intelligence, technology, and innovation has skyrocketed with rapid advances in systems and devices designed to improve patient care. When it comes to data analytics, asking the right questions is key to finding answers that will enhance efficiency and patient safety, according to David Wyatt, PhD,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 20, 2019
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Surgical VAC mines new software for deeper look at products

After transitioning from a paper-based data and operations management system to one that uses relational database software, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington, Massachusetts, saved more than $1 million in product purchases in 2017. The surgical value analysis committee (VAC) evaluated 150 product requests and managed the conversion…

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By: Robert Dolan, MD,, Kristen Murphy, MBA, and Edward Aiello
January 14, 2019
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FDA Pre-Cert Pilot Program to promote more efficient review of digital health innovations

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 7 issued a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the agency’s new actions under the Digital Health Pre-Certification (Pre-Cert) Pilot Program to promote a more efficient framework for the review of safe and effective digital health innovations. Because digital…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2019
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