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Patient Safety Pods

Case studies and interviews are aligned with clinical specialties and high risk areas identified in the Harvard system.

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Opening Your Notes: Patient Care Recommendations

Keep these methods of notes documentation in mind when recording your patient encounter. See the list of tips and specific examples.

 

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Help For Optimizing Care and Preventing Risk With Virtual Visits
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A new guide called Patient Safety Guidance for the Virtual Visit: Managing Risk in a New Care Setting is available free online. It was produced by the Academic Medical Center Patient Safety Organization, and covers a range of issues from the first decision to engage in a virtual visit with a patient, to the follow-up needed to close important loops, and even quality improvement measures. Dr. Philip Ciampa, task force member, walks through some of the key points.

 

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At the End of Information Blocking, an Opening for Patient Safety
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Opening your notes offers the potential to enhance patient safety by linking clinicians and patients between visits–times when ambulatory vulnerabilities often compound.

 

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More Recently Asked Questions
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Queries about malpractice and patient safety.

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Recently Asked Questions
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Clinicians express concerns about malpractice and patient safety.

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COVID-19 Threatens Primary Care
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Many health care practices are under financial duress from the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is affecting access to care. Televisits can’t do it all. A Massachusetts consortium of public and private entities surveyed nearly 400 practices of various sizes and specialties in late spring and early summer 2020. How all hands on deck isn’t necessarily a great patient safety strategy during the pandemic.

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Young Patient, Flawed Test, Fatal Delay in Colon CA Diagnosis
By Melissa DeMayo, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Despite multiple visits to her PCP with similar complaints over years, this young patient did not get a timely diagnosis of colon cancer and died. Dr. Carla Ford looks at the testing, communication among providers, and some diagnostic insights for the next patient.

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“What Else Might This Be?” Might Have Saved PE Patient
By Melissa DeMayo, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A fatal PE misdiagnosis may have gone wrong from the very beginning. With analysis based on closed claims in the Harvard medical system, urgent care specialist Jonathan Einbinder explores ways an ordinary case with a tragic outcome might be prevented in the future.

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Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Telehealth, or virtual health care is more popular than ever. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen to that. Two national telemedicine leaders share their expertise on the patient safety and risk management issues related to virtual visits, and how has the pandemic affected all of this.

 

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