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Electronic Prescribing: Improving the Efficiency and Accuracy of Prescribing in the Ambulatory Care Setting

Author: Porterfield, Amber; Engelbert, Kate; Coustasse, Alberto

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014


Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is an important part of the nation’s push to enhance the safety and quality of the prescribing process. E-prescribing allows providers in the ambulatory care setting to send prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy and can....

Value of a Healthcare Community Network

Author: May, Roger; MacCornack, Rick

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005


Community connectivity, interoperability, and disease management are increasingly becoming hot topics at regional, state, and national level. There is a lot of talk in the government and the industry regarding the need to connect all healthcare stakeholders, including patient....

HIM Professionals Key to Patient Safety

Author: Servais, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003

In January 2003, the Joint Commission made 11 recommendations for patient safety. HIM professionals play critical and supporting roles in implementing these recommendations. This article will discuss some of the recommendations, with examples of their use in various aspects of an HIM departmen....

Leaping Ahead with Patient Safety

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002

These days Leapfrog is more than just a child’s game. Since 1998, the Leapfrog Group, made up of more than 90 Fortune 500 companies and other large private and public healthcare purchasers, has worked toward improving the safety of healthcare for US consumers.

A 1999 repor....

Target: Patient Safety

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002

The Joint Commission has raised and revised its patient safety standards. Is your facility ready to meet them?
Safety in healthcare is not a new concept. Even before the American College of Surgeons formed the Hospital Standardization Program in 1917, healthcare facilities had safety pro....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001

Q: Are there new Joint Commission hospital standards that address patient safety?

Q: What are the Joint Commission definitions of a sentinel event and root cause analysis?

Q: Where can I find information on completion of the medical record statistics form to det....

Journal Q&A (6/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 2001

Q: Are there new Joint Commission hospital standards that address patient safety?

A: The Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners recently approved standards focused on patient safety and medical and healthcare error reduction in hospitals. These new standards are in addition to the curr....

Our Role in Reducing Medical Errors

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

At press time, the culminating report of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century," had just been released. The IOM's earlier report estimated that medical errors ....

IOM Examines Medical Errors, More


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released "Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health." The report covers many issues, including medical errors. Recommendations related to reducing medical errors include:
establish a center for patient safety within the Agency fo....

Putting the Brakes on Medical Errors


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), James Jeffords (R-VT), William Frist (R-TN), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) are continuing to draft legislation that will curb medical errors and, at press time, was expected to be presented in June. Insiders indicated that the bill will likely focus on expan....

IOM Report Examines Medical Errors

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000

Estimates attribute between 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year to medical errors in hospitals, while more than 7,000 deaths are the result of medication errors occurring in all healthcare settings. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "To Err is Human: Building a Saf....

Sentinel Event Procedures Undergo Scrutiny

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998

Substantial changes were made to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Sentinel Event Procedures at the November 1997 Board of Commissioners meeting. With an implementation date scheduled for April 1, 1998, all Joint Commission accredited healthcare organiz....