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How to Cope with Alert Fatigue Print E-mail
Written by Kang Hsu, MD | MEDITECH Blog   
Friday, 20 April 2018 16:43

As caregivers, we all fall victim to "alert fatigue," when the sheer number of alerts a clinician receives causes them to unknowingly miss important safety warnings. Ironically, all these alerts that are meant to improve patient safety can cause workers to become desensitized and potentially miss important warnings; from incessant smartphone buzzing, to tablet chimes or the blinking red indicators of your EHR.

Not everything is so dire, and we need to triage out the truly critical from the other serious notifications. In my opinion, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hits some great points in their very concise patient safety primer on the subject.

First, we need to increase alert specificity by getting rid of clinically inconsequential alerts. We should then conform alerts to individual patients and patient profiles. And finally, place all alerts on a tier system, according to severity. This could mean a color coded system, making higher-level alerts interruptive, or personalizing the warnings to the clinical user.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 April 2018 16:53
Brilinta or Clopidogrel, Maximum Benefit or Social Responsibility? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 09 April 2018 11:40

An April 7 A Country Doctor Writes blog post illustrates the dilemma faced by American healthcare providers in this examination of the costs and benefits associated with two different prescription medicines used to prevent cardiovascular events.

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Lawsuit claims CVS unintentionally revealed HIV status of 6,000 customers Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 April 2018 17:04

Carma Hassan, via CNN on April 1, 2018, informs us CVS is being sued for revealing HIV status of 6,000 customers in Ohio. A direct-mail piece was poorly designed and allowed HIV status to be revealed without opening the envelope (it showed the status of participants in the state's HIV drug assistance program through the envelopes' glassine window).

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 16:33
Trump Signs 2018 Budget, With Some Big Wins for Healthcare Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 26 March 2018 17:30

Alicia Ault reports, for Medscape on March 23, 2018, that President Donald J. Trump signed the huge $1.3 trillion budget bill that will fund the federal government through the rest of its fiscal 2018 year, including some big increases for health programs and money to fight the opioid crisis.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:33
The Healthcare Revolution is Here: 9 Predictions Print E-mail
Written by BDO   
Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

From blockbuster deals, to unprecedented medical and technology breakthroughs, there is a major development in the healthcare industry nearly every day. We see three foundational shifts taking shape: the move from mandates to choice, regulation to competition, and subsidies to actuarial soundness. These moves are driving revolutionary disruption and improving healthcare delivery for patients, providers, payers, drug companies, and investors. Here are the top trends we predict will shape the industry in 2018.

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2018 17:43
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