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  • June 12, 2018

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  • Review Archived Presentations from the ’17 Event at ISMIE.com

    Man presenting to physiciansDetails will be available soon on this fall’s ISMIE Symposium, but in the meantime, all of the archived sessions from the 2017 event are now available as online risk management coursework, most offering CME. The courses are:

    Watch for a special announcement with details on the 2018 Symposium. For the third year, ISMIE is hosting this national event focusing on the latest trends in patient safety and risk management, open to all health care professionals. Of course, our policyholders attend for free.



  • ‘Copy and Paste’ in EMRs is Fast, Easy...and a Potentially Huge Source of Medical Liability Risk. Here’s How to Protect Your Practice

    copy in computer toolbarYou’ve seen the statistics – the average physician spends more than half of their workday interacting with their electronic medical record (EMR) system. That can mean a daunting temptation to find record keeping short cuts, and copy and paste is just one of them.

    But this can be a bad idea, and here’s why.

    The temptation to save time can cause health professionals to mistakenly carry forward incorrect or outdated patient information when copying earlier information into a new section. Even worse, copied information could mistakenly make its way into another patient’s record. Furthermore, copy-and-paste activity can be tracked on many EMR systems, providing potential evidence that can be used in court to undermine the integrity of your medical record – even if everything was done properly.

    If you’ve used copy and paste before, you’re certainly not alone. A recent JAMA study of a major California medical center’s EMR system usage showed that more than 80 percent of their inpatient entries were copy and paste.

    Time to break the habit.

    Start by reviewing Electronic Medical Records, part of ISMIE’s extensive risk management resource library. You’ll find guidance for best practice protocols on EMR usage, including proper documentation and review techniques.

    Questions? ISMIE’s risk management team is here to help. Email us or call 800-782-4767. 



  • Checked the ISMIE Live Events Calendar Lately? Don’t Pass Up Valuable Training for You and Your Team

    Nurse speaking to a patientKeep an eye on the ISMIE events calendar through the summer – events are being added all the time.

    June 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Springfield
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    June 19, 2018 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Webinar
    Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Setting, Part 2: Defining Boundaries in the Clinician-Patient Relationship

    June 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Seminar | Chicago
    Professional Liability Litigation: Finding the Support You Need

    Sept. 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Lisle
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    Oct. 10, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Springfield
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

    Nov. 7, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Schaumburg
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    Nov. 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Naperville
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians



  • Looking for a Good Overview of the Current Medical Liability Landscape? Check Out This Archived ISMIE Webinar

    physician looking at brain scansYou don’t have to be a radiologist to learn from Radiologic Professional Liability: A Peek at the Past, A View of the Present, A Glimpse of the Future. This archived ISMIE webinar is presented by Leonard Berlin, MD, professor of radiology at Rush Medical College and the University of Illinois, and offers an overview of the current professional liability climate and emerging risks for radiologists. It was originally recorded in April. 



  • Patients Hitting the Road for Summer Fun? Here’s Three Useful Apps from the CDC

    footprints in the sandHave your patients have ever called in with a question about which shots to get before a major trip or wondered about safe food or water at a destination?

    Here are three helpful resources as close as their smartphone.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers Android and iPhone versions of three useful travel apps:

    • TravWell offers destination-specific vaccine recommendations, packing checklists and a way to store travel documents, medications and immunization information and reminders for medication or vaccine boosters.
    • Can I Eat This? provides a country-specific guide for safe food and beverage options.
    • CDC Yellow Book 2018 is the agency’s main reference on international health risks. 

    Though written for medical professionals, it’s useful for travelers in general, providing full text search to find specific topics quickly, easy-to-use maps, tables and charts, and a full reference on vaccination and preventative care.

    Thinking of taking some time off yourself this summer? Don’t forget to download!