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Using MedPAR Data as a Measure of Urinary Tract Infection Rates: Implications for the Medicare Inpatient DRG Payment System

Author: Stringham, Jerry; Young, Nancy

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: December 2005


A valuable metric of hospital performance is the rate of nosocomial infections, particularly urinary tract infections (UTIs). Current measurement techniques are expensive to administer and are not widely available. Determining a measurement index of nosocomial UTI incide....

Improving Patient Safety through Information Technology

Author: Brown, C. Andrew; Bailey, Jessica; Davis, Margaret E Miller ; Garrett, Paula; Rudman, William J.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: September 2005

This article is supported by grant number 1U18HS11923-03 funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Abstract

Health information technology (HIT) is generally accepted as the solution for the nation’s medical error crisis. Although limited studies sug....

Patient Safety Through Accurate Identification

Author: Barcena, Victoria

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Patient safety is an international concern as evidenced by this convention and educational program contents. Patients are being harmed unnecessarily when seeking healthcare due to identification issues. The issues of patient identification errors have reached concern at an international level.....

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