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  • Updates and News

    QIPS Updates and News

    Recent Research in Patient Safety

    Electronic prescribing reduces adverse drug events:

    Electronic prescribing is meant to reduce errors in prescribing by ensuring that prescriptions are clear, legible and send directly to pharmacies. A recent study shows that e-prescribing is tied to lower risks of adverse drug events among diabetic patients who required emergency department visits. 

    In an AHRQ-supported study, researchers examined data for 3.1 million Medicare beneficiaries and found that rates of adverse drug events were lower (21 in 1000) in patients had 75% or more of their medications e-prescribed (compared to 44 in 1000 for patients with 25% or less of their medications e-prescribed).

  • Educational Content For Providers

    QIPS education
    Leading the way to a culture of safety
    Jamie Santistevan, MD 

    The Joint Commission recently published a sentinel event alert to highlight the importance of leadership in promoting a culture of safety. Safety culture is defined as what an organization is and does in pursuit of safety. Leaders in healthcare can model behaviors that establish a strong culture of safety in their organizations. On the opposite end of the spectrum, lack of strong leadership in promoting and developing a culture of safety can be responsible for systems flaws that lead to errors and patient harm. Leaders actions that promote this safety culture include:

    1. Demonstrate commitment to safety in their decisions and behaviors
    2. Ensure that decisions that support safety are rigorous
    3. Allow trust and respect to permeate an organization
    4. Create opportunities to learn about how to improve safety
    5. Promptly identify and evaluate issues that have a potential impact on safety
    6. Allow personnel to freely raise concerns about safety without fear of discrimination or retaliation
    7. Actively participate, along with care team members, in initiatives designed to develop safety

    For more information about developing a robust culture of safety through effective leadership read the entire report here (PDF):


  • Tips

     Tips and Tricks

    QIPS TIPS #31 To Scribe or Not to Scribe 
    Shari Welch , MD, FACHE, FACEP 

    There is now a growing body of literature surrounding the use of scribes in clinical practice. The deployment of scribes has spread from its origins in the ED to a whole array of clinical settings including urology offices, cardiology clinics and primary care settings. A number of very positive things have been noted regarding the utilization of scribes in medicine: Physician satisfaction is improved, chart completion is expedited, documentation time is reduced and redirected to patient care, and some studies show improvement of the bottom line. One academic site reported that despite a significant increase in volume, the LOS was maintained and LWBS reduced, with RVUs going up after scribe integration into the practice.

  • Newsletter

    QIPS Newsletter
  • QIPS Leadership

    2016-17 Section Officers:

    Chair - Brenna M. Farmer, MD, FACEP
    Chair-elect - Brian Sharp, MD, FACEP
    Newsletter Editor - Joshua Martin Glazer, MD
    Website Editor -  Jamie R. Santistevan, MD
    Immediate Past Chair - Jeffrey J. Pothof, MD, FACEP
    Councillor - Brenna M. Farmer, MD, FACEP
    Alternate Councillor -  Brian Sharp, MD, FACEP

    Board Liaison – Vidor E. Friedman, MD, FACEP
    Staff Liaison - Pawan Goyal, MD, MHA, CBA, PMP, FHIMSS, FAHIMA

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