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Health IT-Related Adverse Event Reporting Needs Improvement

Health IT-Related Adverse Event Reporting Needs Improvement | healthcare technology |

Improved and standardized reporting across healthcare organizations is needed to better understand the impact of health information technology (IT) on adverse events, according to a report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).  

The Health Information Technology Adverse Event Reporting: Analysis of Two Databases studied the Common Formats used to encourage adverse event reporting in 2 Patient Safety Organizations: UHC and ECRI Institute.   After analyzing hundreds of thousands of adverse events from all causes reported from since January 2011 for UHC and October 2009 for ECRI, ONC found there are definite areas of improvement.  

“Healthcare organizations and health IT developers, working with PSOs, can use evidence like this to focus their efforts to use health IT to make care safer and to continuously improve the safety of health IT,” Kathy Kenyon, JD, senior policy analyst for ONC, wrote in a blog post.  

For instance, in the ECRI database, the Yes/No question on health IT involvement was answered only 4% of the time. UHC did better, although the question was still only answered roughly half of the time.  

An analysis of UHC’s database found the most common contributing factors to health IT-related events were communication among staff and team members (40%-42%), staff inattention (33%-34%), and accuracy of the data (21%-23%). Furthermore, a third of health IT-related events were medication-related, making them the most common type.  

However, despite the usefulness of UHC’s database, more than half of the health IT-related events were categorized as “other,” which makes it difficult to determine the clinical problem involved in these events, according to Ms Kenyon. -

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Pharma gets social: Top-10 pharma social media firsts in 2013

Pharma gets social: Top-10 pharma social media firsts in 2013 | healthcare technology |

As 2013 draws to a close, Daniel Ghinn has put together a list of his top-ten favourite pharma social media 'firsts' of the year - new things that pharmaceutical companies have been doing in social media.

It's been a year packed with new ideas, channels, and lessons learned. 

In pharma social media, this list is where the new ground is being taken in what is still a challenging environment for regulated pharmaceutical industry.

Here's what pharma did for the first time in 2013:

10. Cleaned up its Twitter name

9. Implemented Tumblr to support patients

8. Exceeded 7 million views on YouTube

7. Reached 90,000 likes on Facebook

6. Integrated social media with a prescription product website

5. Lost $160m in a social media crisis

4. Maximised congress activity with social media

3. Hosted disease-focused chats on Twitter

2. Trained doctors in social media

1. Activated Digital Opinion Leaders

To read in detail about each of the above, check out the original post at

Leo J. Bogee III's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:52 PM

$160 million gone over a doctor shared misinformation via a 140-character post on Chinese social media site Sina Weibo.  The Power of Social Media.

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Drug Companies Could Use EHR Systems for Targeted Marketing

Drug Companies Could Use EHR Systems for Targeted Marketing | healthcare technology |

Pharmaceutical companies increasingly are using electronic health records to analyze patient data and market their products to consumers and physicians through advertisements and email campaigns.

Electronic health record systems could be used by pharmaceutical companies to market their products to physicians and consumers,Reuters reports.

Pharmaceutical companies historically have gathered patients' de-identified data from insurers, pharmacies and public records to improve their marketing strategies.

However, drug companies can collect and analyze data through EHR systems and use that information to reach out to consumers and doctors.

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