Health Innovation

Portrait of Wil Yu

Reducing Hospital Readmissions Through Ensuring Safe Transitions

Wil Yu | November 14, 2011

The fact that nearly one in five patients discharged from a hospital will be readmitted within 30 days may be surprising to some, but it’s encouraging to know that many of these readmissions can be prevented simply by improving communication and coordination between patients, caregivers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other care settings at the time of the discharge. Addressing this communications gap is an ideal opportunity for health IT to play a meaningful role in improving the lives and health of patients throughout the country.

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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Improving Patient Safety through Health IT

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | November 8, 2011

New Institute of Medicine Report: Health IT and Patient Safety
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) appreciates the thoughtful work of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its new report, Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care. The report was commissioned by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as part of our long-term strategy to make safety efforts a top priority in our support of electronic health record (EHR) adoption.

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