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With the implementation of technology, risk management, patient safety, and quality care will remain the primary focus.
FREMONT, CA: In recent years, patient safety and risk management have become hot topics of debate at various levels of healthcare across the world. It is estimated that 8 to 12 percent of patients admitted to hospital suffering from adverse events, and many of these are avoidable and have their roots in systematic issues. The dangers of not preparing for potential issues can have significant, long-term effects. Neglecting to have sound patient safety and risk management strategies in place can harm patient care, mount liability risks, and result in financial losses.
The right technology can assist with increased efficiency, improved quality, and reduced costs. In a patient's medical journey, several healthcare professionals will be involved in the care. This can increase the potential for miscommunication or error. Communication failures are the most common factors that add to the occurrence of adverse events. EHRs are developed to reduce these errors by collecting and maintaining a patient's health information into one easily accessible record.
Wrong prescriptions are another form of medical error that can potentially lead to serious complications. Here comes electronic prescribing to help reduce prescription errors by enabling clinicians to send prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy. Medical alerts, clinical flags, and reminders can also help reduce medication errors and improve patient safety.
Encouraging patients to involve in care is vital for several reasons, including increased compliance and patient satisfaction. Technology can help contribute to patient-centered care by enhancing communication between providers and patients through online portals, text messaging, and emails. Technology increases access to information like online medical records; as a result, self-monitoring and patient convenience will be improved.
Preventing adverse events before they happen, optimizes patient outcomes, and eliminates the costly side effects of reactive patient safety. Continuous risk management and safety assessment through technology will surely offer hospitals the opportunity for immediate and predictable patient safety enhancements that can be amplified across the enterprise.