Cerner, Epic’s analytics tools prove most popular in clinical surveillance market

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Cerner and Epic offer the most frequently adopted clinical surveillance tools in the provider market, according to a KLAS Research report.

KLAS interviewed providers about their experiences with vendors offering popular clinical surveillance tools for its report. These tools review information from data sources such as EMRs to alert clinicians about a range of patient care activities that decrease readmissions and mortality. The most common use case for clinical surveillance tools today is sepsis detection, according to KLAS.

Cerner and Epic were the only vendors KLAS validated as having “extensive adoption” for their clinical surveillance tools. Of the 17 Cerner customers surveyed, most were using the vendor’s clinical surveillance for sepsis detection. The 18 Epic customers KLAS surveyed tended to use the vendor’s functionalities for sepsis detection, orders checking and floorwide alerts, among a few other less-common use cases.

KLAS noted that although Cerner and Epic were the most widely adopted clinical surveillance vendors, customers of these two vendors tended to be “less satisfied than customers of the other charted vendors in this report,” which included companies like Bernoulli and Stanson Health.

Cerner customers told KLAS they felt the system needed to better integrate with physician workflows and lacked customization options. Epic customers said that the vendor’s alerts were difficult to set up, but were pleased with its ease of use after implementation. KLAS noted Epic does not have a dedicated clinical surveillance modality, but customers have adapted its EMR to provide similar features.


Patient Mortality During Unannounced Accreditation Surveys at US Hospitals

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Key Points

Question  What is the effect of heightened vigilance during unannounced hospital accreditation surveys on the quality and safety of inpatient care?

Findings  In an observational analysis of 1984 unannounced hospital surveys by The Joint Commission, patients admitted during the week of a survey had significantly lower 30-day mortality than did patients admitted in the 3 weeks before or after the survey. This change was particularly pronounced among major teaching hospitals; no change in secondary safety outcomes was observed.

Meaning  Changes in practice occurring during periods of surveyor observation may meaningfully improve quality of care.

Conclusions and Relevance  Patients admitted to hospitals during TJC survey weeks have significantly lower mortality than during nonsurvey weeks, particularly in major teaching hospitals. These results suggest that changes in practice occurring during periods of surveyor observation may meaningfully affect patient mortality.

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Last year Ohio’s hospitals began a campaign to reduce sepsis encounters and related deaths by 30% by 2018. Nine months into the initiative, the OHA is reporting an 8% reduction in mortality.

Why Hospitals Are Now Much Less Likely to Kill You

For decades, checking into a hospital was a high-risk venture. Patients were as likely to die from a doctor’s error, a bad drug reaction or serious infection picked up from a catheter than from major scheduled surgery or medical treatment.

Pasadena hospital broke the law by not reporting outbreak, health officials say–uGS1B69RXQeIf-4x1ap_m-lNBp0yTz31E9RiGgAwb2j7q15n-l_WjlHn2a8eubwO5kihmvWw&_hsmi=30236320

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Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital broke state law by not quickly reporting a suspected deadly outbreak last year, according to a letter by city officials.

The hospital released the letter this week, as well as the results of the city’s investigation into the outbreak caused by dirty scopes, which sickened 16 patients, including 11 who died.

City health officials did not investigate the cause of the patients’ deaths, many of whom were seriously ill. The officials noted in the report that only one patient’s death certificate listed as a cause the dangerous drug-resistant bacteria that contaminated the scopes and sickened the patients.

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Medical errors officially the third leading cause of death in U.S., study finds


Researchers estimate more than 250K deaths a year caused by medical mistakes.

Milestones On The Path To Population Health

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How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

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You’ll also hear about the fascinating research done by Amir Hetsroni, an Israeli professor of communications. He and his students watched numerous episodes of ER, Chicago Hope, andGrey’s Anatomy, keeping detailed coding books on every patient – their race, approximate age, their malady, the treatment, and whether they lived or died. Their resulting paper was called “If You Must Be Hospitalized, Television Is not the Place.” This, like many facts in this episode, may well surprise you — and change the way you think about modern healthcare.