ONC releases its much-anticipated patient safety and surveillance plan that tackles a number of issues, such as how patient safety problems will be reported and tracked. EHR certification bodies will be required to confirm functionality and usability not only through testing, but through field observation. The Joint Commission has also been contracted to help identify and address safety issues.
Intuit will sell its Intuit Health Group, reporting that it had initially evaluated healthcare as a growth opportunity, but that it had come to realize that its health group would be better off with an organization that has a stronger focus on the healthcare industry.
A judge in Ohio has sided with a nurses’ union at Affinity Medical Center after they filed a unfair labor charge over a rushed Cerner implementation. Nurses claimed that the go-live date was too aggressive and a lack of training compromised patient safety. The judge ruled that Affinity leadership violated labor laws a number of times, first by refusing to negotiate with the nurses’ union, but other less-than-honorable examples cited by the judge included managers reducing the number of nurses in the ICU as retaliation and managers scrutinizing the charts of nurses who were outspoken union supporters in an effort to initiate disciplinary actions.
In Freemont, CA, 339-bed Washington Hospital goes live on Epic across all inpatient and outpatient departments.