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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has issued a position statement warning about the potential dangers of copying and pasting within electronic health records (EHRs).

The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has published the 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals with the goal of inspiring national adoption of consensus-based best practices for specific medication safety issues that have repeatedly caused harmful and sometimes fatal errors in patients.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) have released a comprehensive set of guidelines, Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines, to improve the care of the geriatric population in the emergency department.

We are pleased to introduce an array of patient safety resources designed to help UMIA clients mitigate risk and deliver better, safer care. By clicking the links at left, you'll find everything from HIPAA privacy resources to educational live and on-demand webinars to the latest issues of Brink, a lively newsmagazine published by UMIA's parent company, MMIC. We'll be adding materials regularly, so check back often!


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Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). The focus area for 2014 is diagnostic error. A patient’s health journey often starts with diagnosis, but experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed, or missed completely and that, collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000-80,000 deaths per year in the US.