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Staying Safe: Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 4/12/19 2:15 PM

In 1968, Dr. Joel J. Nobel, a surgeon at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital, warned administrators that a hospital defibrillator wasn’t working. That same week, a 4-year-old patient died because of the same device.

Dr. Nobel was angry that no one listened; that child could have survived, that child could still have been alive today. This incident provided him with the fuel to change healthcare forever. That same year, he established the ECRI Institute.

At eClinicalWorks, we understand the necessity of patient safety and the central role patient safety plays in keeping patients healthy and protected. In 2019, the ECRI Institute provided a list of their Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns to help healthcare IT companies and medical practices proactively identify and respond to threats to patient safety.

The ECRI Institute’s Top 10

  1. Diagnostic Stewardship and Test Result Management Using EHRs

  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship in Physician Practices and Aging Services

  3. Burnout and Its Impact on Patient Safety

  4. Patient Safety Concerns Involving Mobile Health

  5. Reducing Discomfort With Behavioral Health

  6. Detecting Changes in a Patient’s Condition

  7. Developing and Maintaining Skills

  8. Early Recognition of Sepsis Across the Continuum

  9. Infections from Peripherally Inverted IV Lines

  10. Standardizing Safety Efforts Across Large Health Systems

At eClinicalWorks, we are committed to ensuring the safety of all patients whose health care providers rely on our software. For this reason, we have made a sustained effort to improve our system and processes and to educate users on the proper use of our software to ensure patient safety.

We have developed an innovative, ever-evolving EHR that meets the needs of practices all over the country. At eClinicalWorks, we recognize the importance of clear communication, both among caregivers and between caregivers and patients.

This year, physician burnout has been deemed a public health crisis by leading healthcare organizations, such as the Massachusetts Medical Society.

At eClinicalWorks, tools like eClinicalWorks Scribe make documentation much easier, allowing providers a chance to generate accurate and comprehensive Progress Notes by utilizing speech-to-text software. Eva, the eClinicalWorks Virtual Assistant, has revolutionized the way doctors conduct clinical documentation and Practice Management.

These tools, along with a focus on interoperability solutions, help increase the time physicians can focus on building connections with their patients.

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Topics: patient safety, ECRI Guidelines, patient safety awarness

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