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By: Patrick Horine

Readmission of patients within 30 days of discharge is one of the most serious issues plaguing healthcare delivery in the United States. No one wants to go to the hospital, let alone return shortly after being discharged; readmissions also hurt hospital bottom lines.

Readmissions cost hospitals $41.3 billion during the first 11 months of 2011, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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By: Mike Richman

During last Friday’s episode of QDL, we examined the potential of quality thinking to improve outcomes for people’s health, manufacturing, and workplace efficiency. Let’s take a look:

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By: The QA Pharm

If I could summarize in one page the most important lessons I have learned in pharmaceutical quality assurance over the last 40 years, this is it.

When it comes to putting a procedure into written words, it doesn’t mean the words will be effective in getting people to follow the procedure.

The responsibility of quality assurance is to ensure that an effective quality management system (QMS) is put in place procedurally, is in use behaviorally, and is in control measurably.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


Our Oct. 27, 2017, episode of QDL looked at Ford, autonomous cars, and changes to FDA compassionate use rules.

“Ford Plans $14B in Cost Cuts as Part of New CEO’s Strategy”

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By: Scott Gottlieb

The FDA has a long history of supporting patient access to investigational new treatments. This includes working with drug and device companies through the clinical trial process that may lead to FDA approval of the treatment. We also offer expanded access programs that provide investigational drugs and devices to patients with serious conditions (generally prior to product approval) when there is no therapeutic alternative.

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By: Mike Richman

We cover a wide range of topics on QDL most weeks, but our latest episode, from Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, provided a steady drumbeat of technological detail. Here’s what we chatted about:

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By: Ken Kingery

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush-hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed.

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By: Jon Speer

How confident are you when it comes to design validation? Does this always involve clinical evaluation, or not? We’ve found that, like many other terms in medical device development, the two can end up getting confused. When do you use one or the other?

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


Our Oct. 13, 2017, episode of Quality Digest Live looked at edge computing for natural disasters, medical records, and zero defects.

“New Research May Improve Communications During Natural Disasters”

Could edge computing help communications during disasters?

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By: Ann Cleland

If your hospital or clinic uses a Windows 7-based version of a Siemens PET/CT or SPECT system, it could be vulnerable to attack by a relatively low-skill hacker, according to a July 26, 2017, security advisory from the company.

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