A real-time Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is the optimal vehicle for finding and reducing harm for the following reasons:
Clinical. Deploying the Global Trigger Tool (GTT) or other trigger-based detection methods inevitably identify very high levels of harm, typically in excess of 10 times the level of the industry standard, voluntary event reporting. Automating a trigger-based method and doing so within a non-punitive PSO-protected “culture of safety” are critical for achieving clinical effectiveness.
Data. Relying on multiple EHR-agnostic sources of data that go well beyond event reporting, coding/claims, and traditional data is essential for success. More importantly, take advantage of a standardized, normalized data to enable “apples-to-apples” comparisons.
Technical. Ideally a single cloud-based library of triggers & analytics enabled by multi-tenancy, i.e., one instance of the software in the cloud being used across all users, allows for superior analytic innovation to due faster rapid cycles of improvement. Building on an event-driven architecture using advanced technologies such as complex event processing is optimal.
Analytic. Much of healthcare, but especially within patient safety, performs analysis retrospectively. Instead, a comprehensive approach should address the entire temporal analytic continuum: retrospective (archeological), concurrent (deliberative), and prospective (predictive) analytics.
Operational. Operating with a “control tower” metaphor, bring data together in a clinically relevant and useful patient safety event management workflow that is EHR-agnostic and conducive to innovation, making data available to relevant users and pushing data as needed.
Regulatory. Understand where the regulators are headed, using the peer-reviewed published evidence as clues. Align with regulator direction, which has embraced the use of EHR data to measure safety and relying on PSOs as vehicles for implementing safety requirements, including in the recent 21st Century Cures Act.
Scientific. Given the state of the art in defining patient harm and where the regulators are headed in measuring safety, ensure that safety outcomes data being used to develop predictive and other advanced analytics use similar definitions – otherwise placing at risk substantial analytic investment.
Financial. Generate financial ROI for doing the above work, amplifying the effect the more risk is being borne for patient outcomes. Indeed, the CFO-grade business case for patient safety has never been stronger, and tap into expertise to translate improvements in safety and reliability into margin expansion.
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