The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off Sunday, March 12th and is a week dedicated to not only raising awareness about patient safety, but also recognizing the efforts of healthcare professionals to keep patients safe.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) placed a spotlight on the issue of medical errors— and the related patient safety concerns— more than 15 years ago. While significant advances have been made, there is still work to be done since even one error is one error too many.
Technology works best when the human factor is taken into account. That holds especially true for hospital patient flow software. Many hospitals think they should fix the process before they add the technology. Instead, to optimize patient flow and sustain improvement, hospitals must implement process change and technology simultaneously.