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Medical interpretation - Bi-lingual Healthcare professionals

Thomas Bauer - July 25, 2016
Medical interpretation has been described as the interpretation of one language, medical terminology (2nd language) and the learner preferred language. Consequently, it is a complex art that also marr...
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clinical outcomes cultural competence Cultural sensitivity health outcomes Patient Safety patient satisfaction
[ARCHIVED] Population Health

Patient Safety Toolkit

Thomas Bauer - July 14, 2016
According to the World Health Organization patient safety is a serious global public health issue. Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving ho...
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cost of care Patient Safety quality of care
[ARCHIVED] Population Health

From Hospital to Home - A Dangerous Transition for Many Patient

Thomas Bauer - May 31, 2016
William Martinez in Quality & Safety started a discussion on the dangers of the hand off of care from the hospital to home. I invite you to join in the conversation in the Quality and Safety Community...
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Discharge from the hospital Patient Safety quality improvement Quality outcomes Re-admission
[ARCHIVED] Population Health

What are the levels of health literacy in your community?

Thomas Bauer - May 5, 2016
I subscribe to the universal precautions approach to health literacy. As we all know health information is difficult to understand and has been the subject of much research as we strive to improve c...
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CHWs clinical outcomes Health Literacy Patient Centered Medical Homes Patient Safety patient satisfaction Payment Models Rural settings Urban Settings
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Shared Decision Making ...... an opportunity

Thomas Bauer - April 12, 2016
There are numerous studies that demonstrate the impact of Shared Decision Making on patient satisfaction, adherence to the plan of care, clinical outcomes and reductions in the plan of care. The Acco...
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CHWs clinical outcomes Patient Centered Medical Homes Patient Safety patient satisfaction Payment Models Rural settings Urban Settings
[ARCHIVED] Population Health

Nothing, not age, income, employment status, educational level and race or ethnic group affects health status more than literacy skills.

Thomas Bauer - March 15, 2016
Nothing, not age, income, employment status, educational level and race or ethnic group affects health status more than literacy skills. (source Partnership for Clear Health Communication) Traditi...
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CHWs clinical outcomes Health Literacy Patient Centered Medical Homes Patient Education Patient Safety patient satisfaction Payment Models Rural settings Urban Settings
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How do you assure accuracy….in medical interpretation?

Thomas Bauer - March 11, 2016
Many health care professionals are bi-lingual and desire to provide the highest levels of care. Consequently and at times desirable to use their bi-lingual skills in their patient care. However “con...
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Health Literacy Medical Interpretation Patient Safety
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The flu, antibiotics and patient satisfaction

Thomas Bauer - Dec. 29, 2015
As we enter into the peak of the cold and flu season many providers encounter with a the dilemma of the demand for the use of an antibiotic and the science which indicates there may be more harm than ...
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Influenza Patient Safety patient satisfaction
[ARCHIVED] Quality & Safety

Perspective on Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare

William Martinez - Nov. 27, 2015
For those who followed and enjoyed the Expert Panel titled "Diagnostic Error Reduction," I wanted to call attention to a recent NEJM perspective by two of the panelists, Drs. Mark Graber and Hardeep S...
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Diagnostic Error Patient Safety
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Is Observation Status Responsible for the Decline in Readmissions?

William Martinez - Aug. 27, 2015
The recent drop in hospital readmissions among Medicare patients has been encouraging. Coinciding with this drop in readmissions, has been increased use of "observation status” or "observing patients...
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Patient Safety pay for performance policy quality improvement readmissions Research
[ARCHIVED] Population Health

How to "Implement Shared Decision Making and other tools" in moving from informed to engaged and activated

Thomas Bauer - June 15, 2015
Shared decision making has been defined as an ‘interpersonal and interdependent’ process composed of three essential elements: recognition of the need for a decision; understanding of the best evidenc...
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clinical outcomes patient activation Patient Centered Medical Homes Patient Engagement Patient Safety patient satisfaction Shared decision making
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JAMA Studies: NSQIP participation does not improve quality

William Martinez - Feb. 4, 2015
Two new studies in JAMA find that hospital participation in ACS NSQIP, which collects surgical outcomes data from participating hospitals and allows hospitals view their own performance and compare it...
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evidence NSQIP Patient Safety policy quality of care Research
[ARCHIVED] Technology for Patient Engagement

Patient medication safety in hard to reach communities in Uganda using SMS

Joshua Wamboga - Dec. 17, 2014
Idea submitted by: Joshua Wamboga Unsafe medications and unsafe use of medications are increasingly becoming a problem in Uganda. Patients continue to be harmed or lose lives and it has led to incr...
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Adherence Patient Communication Patient Safety Population Health Management quality SMS
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What can we learn from the first US case of Ebola?

William Martinez - Oct. 3, 2014
Let's try that again with less typos... The recent diagnostic error involving Ebola in Texas illustrates several of challenges in quality and safety. Despite having implemented a checklist to sc...
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Diagnostic Error ebola EHR Patient Safety quality
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Technology and Quality

William Martinez - Sept. 12, 2014
This week I was reminded of the some of the peculiar realities of "modern" medicine in the US. A colleague of mine was telling me of one of his patients who presented to the emergency room of a neigh...
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HIT Patient Safety quality
[ARCHIVED] Global Surgery & Anesthesia

** GlobalSurg: The Global Outcomes in Surgery Project **

James Glasbey - Aug. 12, 2014
Dear Colleagues in the Global Surgery and Anesthesia Community, I would like to highlight to you an exciting opportunity to participate in an international collaborative surgical audit, which alrea...
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Barriers to Access Burden of Surgical Disease clinical outcomes collaborative research global surgery Patient Safety quality improvement Safe Surgery Surgical Workforce