Digital technology continues to play an ever-increasing role in today’s modern healthcare systems. While 95% of hospitals in the United States have implemented Electronic Health Records or EHR, much work remains.1 Patient identification errors continue to plague hospitals and are the precipitating factor for 13% of surgical mistakes and 67% of transfusion mix-ups.2 Nationally, medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure 1.3 million people annually.3 The cost of lost lives, reduced productivity and malpractice insurance fees are debilitating the healthcare industry.
At the center of every hospital’s safety program is the patient wristband, which provides caregivers access to the information they need at every point of care during the patient stay. However, not
all wristbands are of equal quality. Some wristbands are not durable enough to withstand the rigors
of a busy hospital environment, leading to workarounds and mistakes that, in the end, comprise patient care.
Labeling blood and other samples at the time they are collected improves patient safety
and helps prevent a host of problems related to misidentification — including many of
the estimated 160,900 adverse events that occur in U.S. hospitals annually because
of sample identification errors.1 There is a strong and growing body of evidence within
medical literature that creating specimen identification labels on demand at the patient
bedside with a mobile printer can significantly reduce errors. The Joint Commission’s
National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for 2010 advocate the use of two patient-specific
identifiers, such as name and birthdate, whenever taking blood or other samples from
a patient, and to label the sample collection container in the presence of the patient.
Producing specimen labels at the patient bedside and encoding patient identification in
a barcode satisfies both The Joint Commission’s NPSG and Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements. T
Detecting and preventing errors that threaten patient safety is a closed-loop process that begins at the point of care, extends to independent laboratories, and then back to the caregiver. Sample identification and results reporting errors can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment with deadly consequences. A 2006 Wall Street Journal article reported that while malpractice claims for pathology errors are relatively low, they are the second most costly. In addition to creating a serious risk to patient safety, sample misidentification creates significant financial implications. Redraws, retesting and additional treatment that result from sample errors cost the healthcare industry an estimated
$200 million to $400 million per year.
Published By: Procore
Published Date: May 13, 2019
As the construction industry becomes more competitive, regulations increase and skilled labour becomes more selective; the one thing that will define your company from the competition is your data.
The best companies use real, situational data in pre-task analyses daily to report on and improve their Quality, Safety and Productivity processes and performance. Download your copy to learn:
• The importance of including quality, safety and productivity in your pre-task analyses
• Using the three-part task-analysis approach
• How to collect meaningful data to track performance
Published By: Procore
Published Date: Jun 25, 2019
Understanding the inextricable link between safety, quality and productivity is a critical piece of knowledge for today's construction management professional. And it should be leverage at all stages of a projects, from planning to programming and through the execution of the work.
A proper task analysis will:
Account for all three elements: safety, quality and productivity
include input from site personnel
Include the information needed to make decisions on the site
Be a workable plan
Remember that once you accept safety, productivity and quality are inextricably linked, you begin to realise that the data you harvest from your various site reports, such as reports of near misses or the need for constant rework, may also be able to fill in the blanks and tell a story about the overall progress and productivity on a project as well.
Up to 5% of all hospitalized patients are affected by ADEs. Implementing a comprehensive Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) program can help, reducing medication errors up to 80%.
In this white paper Zebra Technologies uncovers best practices for adopting Barcode Medication Administration, including:
The importance of building a multidisciplinary implementation team
The role of efficient, well-defined workflows
How accurate data management and reporting are essential to ongoing BCMA success
IoT impacts every business. Mobile and the Internet of Things will change the types of devices that connect into a company’s systems. These newly connected devices will produce new types of data. The Internet of Things will help a business gain efficiencies, harness intelligence from a wide range of equipment, improve operations and increase customer satisfaction. IoT will also have a profound impact on people’s lives. It will improve public safety, transportation and healthcare with better information and faster communications of this information. While there are many ways that the Internet of Things could impact society and business, there are at least three major benefits of IOT that will impact every business, which include: communication, control and cost savings.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) stands to benefit a number of key public sector subverticals, particularly public safety, because it will be leveraged to enhance real-time situational awareness, improve
response times and safety, function as a force multiplier, help minimize operational expenditures, and facilitate evidence-based operations and real-time safety decisions.
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Apr 15, 2019
Life sciences companies are facing increasing pressure to provide new products to market faster than ever before while adhering to the growing number of safety and regulatory needs. Pfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, is transforming its business with an application network that enables the scale and speed necessary to compete in the digital economy.
Read this whitepaper to learn:
How Pfizer achieved a 69% decrease in IT project delivery costs with API-led connectivity.
How Pfizer’s application network enabled omnichannel physician engagement and secure clinical data sharing.
How Pfizer’s Center for Enablement (C4E) unlocked speed and agility through API reuse across the enterprise.
The use of GPS tracking devices in fleet vehicles helps reduce fuel costs, increase employee productivity, and improve your company's safety profile. In this guide, we'll cover how and why GPS fleet tracking can save your business money.
Published By: Egencia
Published Date: Oct 16, 2012
Read what Wendy Aird, Vice President, US Sales and Account Management for Egencia and Greely Koch, Director at Acquis Consulting Group, have to say about how todays' modern-day travel policies can be customized to truly impact your bottom line.
Today’s systems are better at detecting fires than ever before, yet they’re more complex and require maintenance in order to be effective. One missed inspection or instance of deferred maintenance can result in a system that doesn’t work when you need it most. Learn how you can fireproof your business and protect your company and employees.
Establishing a thriving business takes dedication and hard work, yet that can easily be destroyed without taking precautionary measures. To create more safety awareness, we’ve listed the top five vulnerabilities business owners face every day.
Published By: Panasonic
Published Date: Nov 07, 2018
Proprietary study reveals benefits of embracing disruptive technology vs. risks of waiting.
A recent survey of more than 400 technology decision makers across 13 industries indicates that early adoption of disruptive technology is seen as less risky than waiting. Among technology leaders across all industries, including Government & Public Safety, there is near consensus that adopting disruptive technology has become the price of doing business and staying in business.
Detecting and preventing errors that threaten patient safety is a closed-loop process that begins at the point of care, extends to independent laboratories, and then back to the caregiver. Download to learn more!
Maximizing patient safety and improving the quality of care is the ultimate goal for healthcare providers. Doing so requires staying within regulatory compliance, while also advancing staff retention and meeting fiscal constraints. Barcode technologies provide a “virtual voice” to patients, applications and workflows. Barcoding accomplishes this by laying a solid foundation for enhancing patient identification, providing visibility into medical practices, and driving efficiencies throughout healthcare applications, and is an integral part of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption. Download to learn more!