Patient Safety to Enter a New Era with Digital Technology
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Patient Safety to Enter a New Era with Digital Technology

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, July 01, 2022

As with other facets of healthcare, the first objective is to "do no harm." In contrast, patient safety is less concerned with the rules, advice, and training that underpin the safe use of digital technology.

FREMONT, CA: Safety in healthcare results from multiple interdependent health system components that evolve; therefore, attempts to improve safety must evolve and modernize to anticipate emerging dangers. The records and data infrastructure required to support safety enhancements and evaluation are increasingly assisted by or dependent on digital technology, representing a significant transition. Continued efforts to decrease harm and save lives necessitate a greater examination of digital technologies, both in terms of the dangers they pose and the answers they provide. The priorities for digital clinical safety can be divided into two categories—the intrinsic safety of technologies and their extrinsic capacity to drive safely. Adopting these two components necessitates the incorporation of digital clinical safety into the healthcare culture, with everyone recognizing their role in digital clinical safety. It must have straightforward processes to follow and provide clear, accessible information, as well as specific criteria. Patients and employees must be equipped and empowered through digital clinical safety training. Finally, the digital safety vision includes safety solutions that should be digitally enabled, with digital technology applied correctly to address significant patient safety challenges.

Globally, patient safety has been recognized as an essential quality characteristic of health systems. It is an established academic field, a global government priority, and a global objective for digital health advancements. The Ministerial Summit for Patient Safety series galvanized support for patient safety among the highest levels of health ministry leadership, resulting in the collective prioritization of safer care in 44 countries. The WHO Global Patient Safety Network has accelerated the diffusion of learning for patient safety in 143 countries. The World Health Assembly has ratified the Global Action Plan on Patient Safety, establishing patient safety as a global priority.

However, safety is a dynamic target, and ensuring safe treatment necessitates adaptation to new and emerging threats. The potential to improve patient safety is substantial. Additionally, the health system's safety is influenced by the evolution of numerous interdependent components. Once centered on incident reporting and harm documentation, safety interventions are now centered on open cultures, human-centered design, and innovation. The records and data infrastructure required to support safety enhancements and evaluation are increasingly assisted by or dependent on digital technology, representing a significant transition.

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