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Electronic system helps Wesley reduce medication errors

An electronic physician-order-entry system that was implemented about a year ago at Wesley Medical Center has reduced medication errors by more than 60 percent, officials say.

New law will let pharmacists fill gaps in patient care

A new law will take effect in July that will officially allow pharmacists to play a more collaborative role in patient care.

Via Christi says wait times for patients in ERs improving

Via Christi officials say emergency department wait times are improving following the implementation of a new electronic health record system, which had resulted in longer waiting times for some patients.

Physicians in Wesley emergency rooms told to become EMCare employees or leave

The private physicians group that staffs Wesley Medical Center’s emergency room says it has been given an ultimatum by the hospital: Become employees of Wesley’s staffing vendor, EMCare, or lose their jobs at the hospital.

State funding for Kansas mental health services lagging, advocates say

For 15-year-old BreAnna Tuter, navigating the mental health system has been a challenge. Prone to outbursts since she was a child, her family struggled to get a correct diagnosis.

Advisory Council to present mental health conference in Park City

The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health will host its annual Recovery Conference on June 17 and 18.

Via Christi launches OneChart e-record system

Via Christi Health’s new $85 million electronic health record system launched Sunday morning, officials said.

Anti-tobacco group finds link between incomes and location of tobacco retailers

Lower income areas in central Wichita have 38 percent of the tobacco retailers in the city, according to a new survey presented at the Tobacco Marketing Summit at the Kansas Leadership Center on Wednesday.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses seek to practice independently from physicians

“We’re ready for this baby to get here,” said a very pregnant Caitlin Coe.

McPherson to choose among three proposals for building of health clinic

A community group in McPherson, spearheaded by the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, wants a health care clinic in town by this time next year.

At least 4 cases of E. coli diagnosed after private event

At least four people in the Wichita area have been diagnosed with E. coli after a private event, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow.

Three providers for KanCare post losses of $110 million in first year

The three companies that provide health care services to those in KanCare – the state’s privatized Medicaid program – all saw net losses during the first year of the program, according to a report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Center for Health and Wellness expanding lobby, adding Wi-Fi access

The Center for Health and Wellness, 2707 E. 21st St., is undergoing a $130,000 expansion of its lobby to accommodate a growing number of patients, according to Teresa Lovelady, CEO of the center.

Via Christi expands simulation programs for staff, medical residents

In an effort to improve patient outcomes, Via Christi is expanding its simulation program, hospital officials said.

Speaker: Numbers, disastrous rollout show Americans really want affordable health insurance

There are still big hurdles for the Affordable Care Act – and Medicaid expansion is one of them, said Sarah Kliff, a senior editor at media startup Vox, who spoke at the Sunflower Foundation’s Advocacy in Health series Wednesday afternoon.

Mixed feelings over end of Via Christi kidney transplant program

For Shirley Lockhart, the news that Via Christi will not restart its kidney transplant program was a shock.

Wesley Medical Center’s chief nursing officer resigns

Kathy Neely, the chief nursing officer for Wesley Medical Center, is leaving the hospital at the end of June.

Employers could band together to influence health care costs, says coalition chief

Employers across the country should mobilize and use their numbers to leverage lower health care costs, said Brian Klepper, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health Care.

Wichita physician expanding his Immediate Medical Care sites

For Grover Hershberger, the goal is to have several urgent care facilities around Wichita to act as a bridge between the family doctor and the emergency room.

Mandated, costly disease-coding system on hold, for now

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