Healthcare Article Features

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Mike Figliuolo
PowerPoint is the devil’s instrument, and when you use it, you risk becoming a musician in his demonic orchestra. All of us are required to give presentations in some form or fashion at various...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
This past November, three winners of the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality awards were announced, one in education and two in healthcare. Quality Digest Daily is fortunate that one of the...
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Arun Hariharan
Last week, I accompanied my father to an eye hospital to get his eye examined for a suspected cataract. The hospital examined his eye and confirmed the presence of a cataract. They recommended...
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Gerry Cronin
At GBMP’s recent Northeast Shingo Prize Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) displayed adaptations of lean to biomedical research in its Community of Lean...
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Grant Ramaley
Many of us have heard horror stories about ISO certificates that were fakes, or of medical-device quality system audits being performed by persons who were not competent. A recent report published by...
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Patrick Stone
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “Food Police” will be in full force to secure budget funds for food safety initiatives for FY 2014 as mandated by Congress. More than half of the operating...
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Stewart Anderson
A recent news story here in Ontario detailed how health officials were reviewing the results of 3,500 CT scans and mammograms at two Toronto-area hospitals because of potential errors caused by a...
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Paul Naysmith
Arecent call with an old colleague from Europe got me wondering about a question that few are conscious of: Who is the customer of your quality document? Oh boy, did we have an interesting discussion...
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MIT News
Moore’s Law predicts that every two years the cost of computing will fall by half. That’s one reason why tomorrow’s gadgets may be better, and cheaper, too. But in American hospitals and doctors’...
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Gallup
Hospitals are facing ever-increasing pressure to evaluate and cut costs. This isn’t surprising. Medical supplies represent as much as 30 percent of an average hospital’s total operating expenses....
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Michael Causey
School bells have sounded the death knell of summer across the land. But as we’ve noted before, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t take much time off to enjoy surf and sand. The...
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Bakul Patel
For medical devices, the term “interoperability” refers to the ability of various devices to interact, and for electronic health record systems to talk to each other using a common vocabulary. It...
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The QA Pharm
Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-part series exploring issues that affect management’s ability to detect the warning signals of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance...
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Christine Tremblay
Most people are surprised to learn that more than half of small medical practices are still using handwritten paper charts to collect and store demographic and clinical information about patients....
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Patrick Stone
How often do we see Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) violations issued because a regulated entity did not secure the electronic records at the hospital and small clinics?...
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Knowledge at Wharton
When you overhear a person five spots ahead of you at the coffee shop ordering a mocha light decaf, no whip, one pump, it might be enough to make you abandon your place in line and walk out. But...
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John Roth
In an earlier article, I explained how the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigation (OCI) works when a small portion of the industry fails to adequately respond to...
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Gallup
If you’re a hospital leader, the safety of your patients and your employees might be keeping you up at night. That’s because senior management is accountable for creating and maintaining a safe...
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Quality Digest
On March 28, 2013, the world lost a person whom many consider to be a major contributor to the world of industrial statistics: George E. P. Box. Relatively unknown outside the world of statistics,...
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Harry Hertz
According to a recent PBS report based on information from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States’ healtcare expenditures are 2.5 times greater than...