Health Innovation

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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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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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Proof of Concept Testing through Innovation Exchanges for Health IT

Wil Yu | September 2, 2011

Quick Note: This is one of many blog posts that I will be writing in September that highlights how innovation leadership within the health IT and health care communities is changing the health IT landscape. I’ll cover efforts being championed within the White House, ONC/HHS, and the broader environment, that are helping to usher in a wave of new technologies and services that will lead to better health care, health, and cost savings through continuous quality improvement.

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