National Medical Errors Database Already in Use at Hospitals

Safety-Centered Solutions' Proven Application Software Package May Be Answer

To President Bush's Edict to Track Medical Errors



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Safety-Centered Solutions, Inc.

    TAMPA, Fla., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's call this week for
 an online national repository of medical errors to help physicians and other
 healthcare providers avoid future errors is a welcome step toward real change
 in the improvement of patient safety, says Safety-Centered Solutions, Inc.
 (SCS), an organization that already provides such a database to hospitals.
 SCS' National Patient Safety Benchmarking Center is a repository of data on
 adverse events from client hospitals collected and analyzed by the company.
 The database provides comparative and best practices data for participating
 hospitals and enables these organizations to detect patterns of medical errors
 within their organizations in order to pinpoint defective hospital operating
 systems, including drug-labeling errors, staffing problems and poorly
 documented medical records.
     Each month, SCS' client hospitals enter clinical and financial data on
 adverse events into Excalibur Patient Safety Net(TM), an application software
 package that allows hospitals to track their medical errors as part of
 programs to improve patient safety and reduce costs associated with adverse
 events. The information is then stripped of all identifying data, including
 patient names and other personal information, before it is entered into the
 National Patient Safety Benchmarking Center. More than four million patient
 records have been analyzed for SCS' database, which contains more than
 300,000 events. All client hospitals have access to this Internet-based
 repository, but it is also accessible to non-clients for comparison purposes.
     This patient safety application is already in use in a number of hospitals
 across the county. The application has resulted in documented improvements in
 patient safety and associated cost reductions. For example, Sacred Heart
 Medical Center (Spokane, WA) has reported a significant decline in patient
 falls after implementing a patient safety program that includes Excalibur
 Patient Safety Net. A patient safety improvement team at University Community
 Hospital (Tampa, FL) used these tools to nearly eliminate all cases of digoxin
 toxicity and its associated costs. At another client hospital located in the
 northwest, the Nosocomial (hospital-acquired) Infection rate decreased
 62 percent and annual costs were reduced by an estimated $900,000.
     "The President's plan to create a national database like SCS' that tracks
 medical errors means that the healthcare industry is finally moving toward
 increasing patient safety," said David S. Spencer, CEO, SCS. "For the past
 nine years, SCS has been collecting and analyzing data on adverse events from
 client hospitals. SCS has made this information available via the Internet to
 clients and others in an effort to make the healthcare industry safer by
 preventing medical errors."
     According to Mr. Spencer, tracking and reducing medical errors is a simple
 process but requires diligence and commitment. "By looking at other industries
 such as aviation, electronics and manufacturing, we can learn how to change
 culture and reduce human errors. Each of these businesses has brought about
 stunning improvements in reducing errors. Healthcare can do the same by
 following these industries' established safety guidelines."
     SCS' Safety-Centered Care(TM) program combines application software and
 comprehensive education and leadership training to improve patient safety by
 reducing medical errors. Integral components of the Safety-Centered Care
 program include Excalibur Patient Safety Net, which measures and tracks both
 the incidence and costs of hospital-based medical errors in more than
 1,500 aspects of care; and the Patient Safety Desk Reference, a standard
 classification and coding taxonomy enabling the categorization and study of
 patterns behind these errors.
     Safety-Centered Solutions (http://www.scCARE.com) is a Tampa, FL-based
 healthcare information and educational services company that assists hospitals
 in improving patient safety and delivering cost-effective care. The company is
 a strategic partner of Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare
 information. Thomson Healthcare comprises Medical Economics and Micromedex.
 
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    TAMPA, Fla., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's call this week for
 an online national repository of medical errors to help physicians and other
 healthcare providers avoid future errors is a welcome step toward real change
 in the improvement of patient safety, says Safety-Centered Solutions, Inc.
 (SCS), an organization that already provides such a database to hospitals.
 SCS' National Patient Safety Benchmarking Center is a repository of data on
 adverse events from client hospitals collected and analyzed by the company.
 The database provides comparative and best practices data for participating
 hospitals and enables these organizations to detect patterns of medical errors
 within their organizations in order to pinpoint defective hospital operating
 systems, including drug-labeling errors, staffing problems and poorly
 documented medical records.
     Each month, SCS' client hospitals enter clinical and financial data on
 adverse events into Excalibur Patient Safety Net(TM), an application software
 package that allows hospitals to track their medical errors as part of
 programs to improve patient safety and reduce costs associated with adverse
 events. The information is then stripped of all identifying data, including
 patient names and other personal information, before it is entered into the
 National Patient Safety Benchmarking Center. More than four million patient
 records have been analyzed for SCS' database, which contains more than
 300,000 events. All client hospitals have access to this Internet-based
 repository, but it is also accessible to non-clients for comparison purposes.
     This patient safety application is already in use in a number of hospitals
 across the county. The application has resulted in documented improvements in
 patient safety and associated cost reductions. For example, Sacred Heart
 Medical Center (Spokane, WA) has reported a significant decline in patient
 falls after implementing a patient safety program that includes Excalibur
 Patient Safety Net. A patient safety improvement team at University Community
 Hospital (Tampa, FL) used these tools to nearly eliminate all cases of digoxin
 toxicity and its associated costs. At another client hospital located in the
 northwest, the Nosocomial (hospital-acquired) Infection rate decreased
 62 percent and annual costs were reduced by an estimated $900,000.
     "The President's plan to create a national database like SCS' that tracks
 medical errors means that the healthcare industry is finally moving toward
 increasing patient safety," said David S. Spencer, CEO, SCS. "For the past
 nine years, SCS has been collecting and analyzing data on adverse events from
 client hospitals. SCS has made this information available via the Internet to
 clients and others in an effort to make the healthcare industry safer by
 preventing medical errors."
     According to Mr. Spencer, tracking and reducing medical errors is a simple
 process but requires diligence and commitment. "By looking at other industries
 such as aviation, electronics and manufacturing, we can learn how to change
 culture and reduce human errors. Each of these businesses has brought about
 stunning improvements in reducing errors. Healthcare can do the same by
 following these industries' established safety guidelines."
     SCS' Safety-Centered Care(TM) program combines application software and
 comprehensive education and leadership training to improve patient safety by
 reducing medical errors. Integral components of the Safety-Centered Care
 program include Excalibur Patient Safety Net, which measures and tracks both
 the incidence and costs of hospital-based medical errors in more than
 1,500 aspects of care; and the Patient Safety Desk Reference, a standard
 classification and coding taxonomy enabling the categorization and study of
 patterns behind these errors.
     Safety-Centered Solutions (http://www.scCARE.com) is a Tampa, FL-based
 healthcare information and educational services company that assists hospitals
 in improving patient safety and delivering cost-effective care. The company is
 a strategic partner of Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare
 information. Thomson Healthcare comprises Medical Economics and Micromedex.
 
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