Friday, June 29, 2007

Implementing the NHS information technology programme: qualitative study of progress in acute trusts

Jane Hendy, Naomi Fulop, Barnaby C Reeves, Andrew Hutchings, and Simon Collin
BMJ 2007;334:1360, doi:10.1136
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How to avoid an e-headache
Joan S Ash
BMJ 2007;334:1373, doi:10.1136/bmj.39252.490880.80
[Extract] [Full text] [PDF]

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pay-for-Performance in Pediatrics: Proceed With Caution

Chien, Alyna T., Dudley, R. Adams
Pediatrics 2007 120: 186-188

[Extract] [Full text] [PDF]

The Evidence Base for Telemedicine: Current Status and Approaches for Improvement

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Supplement 2, September 2006

The evidence base of telemedicine: overview of the supplement
pp. 1-2(2) Authors: Hersh, William R.; Hickam, David H.; Erlichman, Martin

Diagnosis, access and outcomes: update of a systematic review of telemedicine services
pp. 3-31(29) Authors: Hersh, William R.; Hickam, David H.; Severance, Susan M.; Dana, Tracy L.; Pyle Krages, Kathryn; Helfand, Mark

State Medicaid and private payer reimbursement for telemedicine: an overview
pp. 32-39(8) Author: Brown, Nancy A.

What lessons can be learned from telemedicine programmes in other countries?
pp. 40-44(5) Author: Ohinmaa, Arto

The role of telemedicine in fostering health-care innovations to address problems of access, specialty shortages and changing patient care needs
pp. 45-50(6) Author: Rheuban, Karen S.

The diffusion of a medical innovation: where teleradiology is and where it is going
pp. 51-58(8) Authors: Dimmick, Susan L.; Ignatova, Kunka D.

Telehealth and the national health information technology strategic framework
pp. 59-64(6) Authors: Speedie, Stuart M.; Davies, Diane

Will we see data repositories for telehealth activity in the near future?
pp. 65-71(7) Author: Whitten, Pamela

Standards for data collection and monitoring in a telemedicine research network
pp. 72-76(5) Authors: Yellowlees, Peter W.; Harry, David

Alternatives to randomized controlled trials in telemedicine
pp. 77-84(8) Authors: Grigsby, Jim; Bennett, Rachael E.

Health delivery system changes required when integrating telemedicine into existing treatment flows of information and patients
pp. 85-90(6) Author: Shea, Steven

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Can the Incidence of Unplanned Reoperations Be Used as an Indicator of Quality of Care in Surgery?

Hidde M. Kroon, Paul J. Breslau, and Jan Willem H. P. Lardenoye
American Journal of Medical Quality 2007 22: 198-202.

[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Friday, June 22, 2007

Determining Hospital Performance Based on Rank Ordering: Is It Appropriate?

Judy Anderson, Mark Hackman, Jeff Burnich, and Thomas R. Gurgiolo
American Journal of Medical Quality 2007 22: 177-185.

[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Thursday, June 21, 2007

TeamSTEPPS: Assuring Optimal Teamwork in Clinical Settings

Carolyn M. Clancy and David N. Tornberg
American Journal of Medical Quality 2007 22: 214-217.

[PDF] [References]

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Accuracy of administrative databases in identifying patients with hypertension

Karen Tu, Norman RC Campbell, Xhong-Liang Chen, Karen J Cauch-Dudek, Finlay A McAlister
Open Medicine Vol 1, No 1 (2007) : 18-26

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Healthcare climate: A framework for measuring and improving patient safety

Critical Care Medicine. 35(5):1312-1317, May 2007.
Zohar, Dov PhD; Livne, Yael MSc; Tenne-Gazit, Orly MSc; Admi, Hanna PhD; Donchin, Yoel MD
Abstract HTML PDF (424 K)


Safety culture: easy to advocate, difficult to create.
O'Connor MF
Crit Care Med. 2007 May;35(5):1429
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Conflicting measures of hospital quality: Ratings from Hospital Compare versus Best Hospitals

Lakshmi K. Halasyamani, Matthew M. Davis
Journal of Hospital Medicine Volume 2, Issue 3, 2007. (p 128-134)
Abstract References HTML PDF


Hospital quality measurement - Perplexing for professionals, let alone for patients
Kevin J. O'Leary, Cynthia Barnard, Gary A. Noskin
Journal of Hospital Medicine Volume 2, Issue 3, 2007. (p 119-122)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Relationship between Number of Medical Conditions and Quality of Care

Higashi, Takahiro, Wenger, Neil S., Adams, John L., Fung, Constance, Roland, Martin, McGlynn, Elizabeth A., Reeves, David, Asch, Steven M., Kerr, Eve A., Shekelle, Paul G.
N Engl J Med 2007 356: 2496-2504
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Information Technology Comes to Medicine

Blumenthal, David, Glaser, John P.
N Engl J Med 2007 356: 2527-2534
Extract Full Text PDF

In the Dark -- The Case for Electronic Health Records

Litvin, Cara B.
N Engl J Med 2007 356: 2454-2455
Extract Full Text PDF

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Case Volume and Mortality in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients in California, 1998–2003

Lianna G. Bazzani and James P. Marcin
Circulation 2007 115: 2652 - 2659;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Clinical Perspective]


Reevaluation of the Volume-Outcome Relationship for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Kimberlee Gauvreau

Circulation 2007 115: 2599 - 2601

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Monday, June 11, 2007

The MINDFUL Database

The MINDFUL mental health indicator database comprises a set of 35 mental health indicators for all the 25 EU Member States. The database contains two elements of indicator data: numerical data and metadata.

The metadata contains information about the indicators' descriptions, definitions, availability and data sources.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Thursday, June 07, 2007

NAHDO - Health care data collection use and public reporting

NAHDO 21st Annual Meeting

Slides from the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) Annual Meeting dedicated to health care data collection use and public reporting are now available.

Meeting Topics & Highlights:
  • Quality Measurement and Reporting

  • Enhancing Administrative Data for Quality Reporting

  • Healthcare-Acquired Infection Reporting Standards and Practices

  • Translating Data into Action

  • CMS DRG Modifications

  • Health information Technology

  • Web-based Data Query Systems

Adding Clinical Data Elements to Administrative Data for

Barbara A. Rudolph, Denise Love
National Association of Health Data Organizations
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
February 2007

This synthesis provides a brief summary of a new study evaluating how the addition of a “Present on Admission” indicator for secondary diagnoses and a limited number of electronic laboratory values can enhance the capacity of administrative data for public reporting on mortality and other hospitalization-related complications.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Pay for Performance, Quality of Care, and Outcomes in Acute Myocardial Infarction

Seth W. Glickman; Fang-Shu Ou; Elizabeth R. DeLong; Matthew T. Roe; Barbara L. Lytle; Jyotsna Mulgund; John S. Rumsfeld; W. Brian Gibler; E. Magnus Ohman; Kevin A. Schulman; Eric D. Peterson
JAMA. 2007;297:2373-2380.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Comparison of clinical and administrative data sources for hospital coronary artery bypass graft surgery report cards.

Shahian DM, Silverstein T, Lovett AF, Wolf RE, Normand SL.
Circulation. 2007 Mar 27;115(12):1518-27.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]


To understand cardiac surgical report cards: look both ways.
Circulation. 2007 Mar 27;115(12):1508-10.
Ryan TJ.
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Monday, June 04, 2007

Quality indicators for cardiovascular primary care.

Burge FI, Bower K, Putnam W, Cox JL.
Can J Cardiol. 2007 Apr;23(5):383-8.

Coordination Between Formal Providers and Informal Caregivers

D. B. Weinberg, R. W. Lusenhop, and J. Hoffer Gittell, Ph.D. et al.,
Health Care Management Review, April–June 2007 32(2):1–10
Abstract HTML PDF (166 K)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Multimorbidity is Associated With Better Quality of Care Among Vulnerable Elders.

Lillian C. Min, MD, MSHS; Neil S. Wenger, MD; Constance Fung, MD, MSHS; John T. Chang, MD, MPH; David A. Ganz, MD, MPH; Takahiro Higashi, MD, PhD; Caren J. Kamberg, MSPH; Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD; Carol P. Roth, RN, MPH; David H. Solomon, MD; Roy T. Young, MD; David B. Reuben, MD

Medical Care. 45(6):480-488, June 2007.
Abstract HTML PDF (361 K)


Health Care Quality and Multimorbidity: The Jury is Still Out.

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH
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