Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Tips to Make Health Technology Safer
New technologies mean new opportunities to improve patient care, but they can also introduce new risks to patient safety. In a recent interview on the IHI blog, IHI Executive Director and patient safety expert, Frank Federico, discusses some of the challenges and notes key factors in appropriate implementation of new technologies. An IHI Expedition: Improving Patient Safety with Health Technology begins on January 21.

AHRQ Report Finds 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms
A recent AHRQ report finds that patient safety improvement efforts have led to 1.3 million fewer instances of patient harm, and that the reduction in hospital-acquired conditions resulted in a $12 billion savings in health care costs between 2010 and 2013. Still, much work remains to be done. A Boston Globe story describes another study that says nearly one in four Massachusetts residents has experienced a medical error in the last five years.
 
The Stuff That Is Killing Us
“I hope that the entire US health care system will declare that the goal is zero inequity and disparity,” Ron Wyatt writes on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. Wyatt, Medical Director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission and 2009-2010 IHI/George W. Merck Fellow, describes how his understanding about health disparities in the US has evolved and his hopes for the future. 

The Impact of QI on Surgical Safety
In this blog post, Kate DeBartolo, IHI National Field Manager, and Gareth Parry, PhD, IHI Senior Scientist, briefly describe a newly published article that reports on findings about factors that affect the adoption of evidence-based practices to reduce surgical site infections after orthopedic surgery.

 

Upcoming Educational Programs

Improving Patient Safety with Health Technology
Begins January 21 | An IHI Expedition

Improving Medication Safety from the Patient's Perspective
Begins February 26 | An IHI Expedition

IHI Learning Excursion: Houston
March 4-6 | Houston, TX

Improving Prehospital Emergency Care
Begins March 5 | Web&ACTION


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