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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 the Door to Safe Virtual Visits
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

While COVID-19 closed many doors across health care, it did push the door to virtual visits wide open.

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Cures Act Opens Clinical Notes to Patients
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

New federal law gives patients access to almost everything in their medical record, including clinical notes. It allows for a different kind of partnership between patients and providers where they are co-producing the outcome. This may be good for both patient safety and risk management.

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Cures Act: Perspectives from Claims and Patient Safety

Looking at the Cures Act and more open notes from both a patient safety and malpractice claims perspective.

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Cures Act Overview

Eight categories of clinical notes created must be immediately available to patients through a secure online portal. Providers may not block, or delay patients’ access to, any eligible information entered and stored in their EHR. Learn more about this 2021 ruling.

 

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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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Unclear Discharge Instructions, Patient Loses Foot
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO,
Margaret Janes, CRICO

In a lawsuit naming the Emergency Medicine physician and a nurse, the patient alleged that a dressing was applied too tightly, compromising the circulation and resulting in a gangrenous foot, requiring amputation. Despite an eventual defense verdict, some lessons show how to prevent this bad clinical result and a five-year legal ordeal.

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Hospital Fights to Head off Care Disparities During Pandemic
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

For vulnerable and under-served communities, patient safety and quality care were at added risk from the COVID-19 pandemic. At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an established team for care equity and diversity knew early on in the pandemic that they had a lot of work to do.

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