Symptom-checking health app often wrong in diagnosing eye problems
Type in your symptoms and find out what’s the matter. Research finds it’s not so simple. Patients could get false reassurance and put off urgently needed care.
Appellate court case puts peer-review protections in danger
A Michigan court ignored a statute and established case law, jeopardizing future patient-safety gains. Doctors say the decision must be reversed.
Everybody has responsibilities for fixing EHRs
Campaign reinforces that everybody has responsibilities when it comes to advancing the usability and successful implementation of electronic health records to improve patient safety and reduce physician burnout.
Xcertia releases updated mobile health-app guidelines for comment
Guidelines are aimed to build patient and physician confidence in mHealth apps and address concerns that hinder their adoption.
Accelerating Change in Medical Education
4 hazards medical trainees face in hospital “room of horrors”
A safety-focused simulation aims to help medical students and residents identify potential hazards in a hospital room before they cause harm.
Patient Support & Advocacy
Medical Cybersecurity: A patient safety issue
Study finds 83% of physician practices experienced a cyberattack; HIPAA is a must but not enough, and reliable IT vendors are just part of the solution.
Foodborne illnesses kill 3,000 a year: What physicians can do
CME for primary care and emergency physicians helps spot and prevent food poisoning that strikes one in six of us each year.
7 EHR usability, safety challenges—and how to overcome them
EHR data-entry errors and system defaults can pose problems, but rigorous system testing can help address these issues.
62 clicks to order Tylenol? What happens when EHR tweaks go bad
EHR usability takes a hit when hospitals tinker to get a custom fit. They may also may be putting patients at risk and needlessly adding to physician frustration.