Bytes and pieces: News you can use

  • New Baldrige criteria: The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application process has been opened, with new criteria for industries announced.
  • Hotel quality: Hotel chains that received high satisfaction marks from leisure and business travelers during this past holiday season are reviewed here.
  • Quality workgroup formed: Standards development organization Health Level Seven International has formed a new clinical quality information workgroup to create standards to support health quality initiatives.
  • Tracking medical devices: In the interest of safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that most medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier, or UDI.