Incident Report Systems Improve Patient Safety
Report and Track Medical Errors To Improve Healthcare Safety and Reduce Costs
By utilizing an incident reporting system to report and track medical errors, a healthcare organization has the opportunity to improve patient safety and reduce costs. After the implementation of a Patient Safety Information System at the Department of Veteran's Affairs, they experienced a 900-fold increase in reports of close-calls and a 30-fold increase in reports of adverse events.
Important features of this and other patient safety information systems include reporting of information in a non-punitive manner, ability to share information with several departments immediately, and transmission of the data to federally-certified Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs).
Learn more on this topic by reading a case study on South Jersey Healthcare. The case discusses how internal auditors can impact patient safety and best practices for incident reporting systems. Click "Download Whitepaper" to request the URL to this resource.
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