Pascal Metrics in the news

Headline-Grabbing Study Brings Attention Back to Medical Errors
In a recent JAMA article several MDs including Martin Makary and Robert Watcher discuss the current state of patient safety and medical errors. Pascal's harm management solution is widely acknowledged to be unique in its ability to identify, track, and manage all cause harm using real-time health IT data. 
August 2016


Checklists and Bundles: Patient Safety Tools Require Appropriate Implementation
Technical and Clinical implementation is one of the keys to success for patient safety tools. Patients benefit most when transparent communication and full implementation is a top priority in hospitals and health systems. 
August 2016

Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds
Marshall Allen of National Public Radio (NPR) Health discusses the recent government report published, which states that 29% of patients in rehab facilities suffer a medication error, bedsore, infection, or some other type of harm as a result of their care.
July 2016

OIG Report: 30% of Rehab Hospital Patients Experience Harm
Fierce Healthcare discusses Pascal's Dr. David Classen's interview with National Public Radio (NPR)  and the need for reform and a new focus on patient safety. For more on Pascal's solutions and focus on patient safety, click here.
July 2016

Culture of Safety: Just Do It
An article from Medpage Today addresses the urgency to rethink systems so that hospitals and health systems can better prevent preventative errors. Pascal Metrics addresses this issue of urgency. Since 2007, Pascal Metrics has been helping hospitals understand how, why, and how much harm happens. For more on Pascal's solutions, click here.
July 2016

Institute For Patient Safety Takes Aim At Reducing Medical Error
Texas Christian University, JPS Health Newtwork, and Cook Children's Medical Center have recently teamed up to start the Institute for Patient Safety. This collaboration will work towards increasing hospital safety and preventing adverse events.
June 2016

Trigger Tool Adds Consistency to Adverse Event Tracking
In a recent post in HealthLeaders Media, Pascal's own Vice President of Clinical Services, Dr. David Stockwell, as well as other leading clinicians, discuss how "using a trigger tool can track overall harms and specific harms over time, and learn from past incidents and assess patient safety efforts."
June 2016

Medical Errors May Result in More Than 200,000 Deaths, Study Finds
Dr. Marty Makary and Pascal's Dr. David Classen discuss the current state of patient safety with ABC News. Dr. David Classen, patient safety expert and associate professor at University of Utah, said this large analysis comes after years of data estimating medical error deaths at more than 200,000 and pointed out some studies have estimated it to be closer to 400,000 people a year. "If you had this many deaths in aviation industry…you’d shut it down," said Classen. "It’s amazing that in all these other industries we never tolerate this kind of death."
May 2016

As Medical Errors Kill More People, Peer Review should become More Transparent
This op-ed from The Baltimore Sun discusses the importance of implementing"more aggressive measures to combat this epidemic of medical errors." For more on how Pascal's Solutions work to improve patient safety, click here.
May 2016

Performance of the Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) Tool
Researchers in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed and studied a tool to enhance patient safety within children's hospitals. Pascal's own, Dr. David Stockwell, worked to advance this work and measure hospital-wide adverse events.
May 2016

Why Employers Should Care About Patient Safety
When patients are harmed, everyone pays. Jan Peter Ozga discusses this topic and shares various views in this space. In June 2015 Pascal Metrics released a white paper which shows the financial benefit of improving patient safety. For access to this white paper, click here.
May 2016

Involve facilities professionals in patient safety efforts
National Patient Safety Foundation CEO and expert, Tejal Gandhi discusses the importance of involving facilities professionals alongside clinical teams in patient safety efforts. Pascal Metrics also believes in the importance of this which is why we developed a survey solution that enables hospitals to take an accurate, metrics-driven approach to improving clinical environments, and establishing a culture of safety. For more on this approach, click here.
May 2016

Betsy Lehman Center - Advancing Patient Safety in Cataract Surgery
The Betsy Lehman Center recently published a report on the common contributing factors adverse events in cataract surgery. In their report is actionable recommendations for providers as well as an exploration of concrete ways to leverage state-mandated reports.
May 2016

Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States
In a recent article in the Washing Post, Dr. Marty Makary said "Measuring the problem is the absolute first step." He continues, "Hospitals are currently investigating deaths where medical error could have been a cause, but they are underresourced." To find out more on how Pascal Metrics measures harm, click here.
May 2016

Medical Errors are No. 3 Cause of Death in the U.S., after Heart Disease and Cancer
Dr. David Classen is interviewed in this article in the L.A. Times discussing the complexity of medical care and the medical errors that are made within hospitals.
May 2016

Medical Error — The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US
In this analysis in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel discuss medical errors and its contribution to mortality. Additionally, they discuss the need to measure the problem of errors more effectively.
May 2016

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change
Jennifer Bresnick details in Health IT Analytics why changing the culture of hospitals, if done correctly, can greatly improve patient safety. For more on Pascal's Safety Culture Management, click here
February 2016

EHRs Trim Odds of Hospital-Acquired Infections, Other Adverse Events
In order to capitalize on EHRS, hospitals need to fully embrace systems which can prevent adverse events. Pascal addresses this need and keeps over one million patient visits safe each year. For more on Pascal's Harm Management, click here
February 2016

Hospital’s ‘Safety Culture’ Directly Affects Surgical Outcomes
According to a new study by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, a hospital's safety culture is just as important as a doctor's technical skills. Dr. Martin Makary of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine adds “anybody who cares for patients knows that a hospital’s culture contributes to a patient’s outcome, and this study affirmed that observation.” For more on how Pascal addresses the importance of a hospital's safety culture, click here.
February 2016

Health Providers Extend their Embrace of the Cloud
Linda Wilson recently discussed data security and the cloud in an article published in Health Data Management. Included in the article's discussion is Cook Children's Health Care System's and "Pascal Metrics' cloud-based analytical tools to track, manage and analyze patient safety issues." From more on Pascal's cloud-based technology, click here.
January 2016

Clear Skies Ahead for Patient Safety Organizations?
"We believe the true potential of PSOs lies in the opportunity to deliver cost-efficient, scalable databases with powerful analytics that provide meaningful and actionable data. Independent software companies are uniquely positioned to successfully deliver upon this.These vendors provide the opportunity to be a “voice of truth” to get payers, systems, providers and other constituents to collaborate together to improve the value and quality of healthcare.  Their independence can help eliminate data integrity questions based on perceived conflict of interest from provider affiliated organizations and others," says Ian Goodwin of the Triple Tree Healthcare Blog. For more on how Pascal Metrics offers this cost-efficient, scalable database with powerful analytics that provide meaningful and actionable data, click here.
December 2015

Achieving Safe Health Care: Delivery of Safe Patient Care at Baylor Scott & White Health
"Measuring and reducing patient harm is central to delivering safe and reliable health care and yet, based on the evidence, remains a challenge for most. STEEEP care created an even higher standard by pioneering preventable risk, one of many ways in which Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) has proven a trailblazer in high reliability. This book is a gift to the field and demonstrated how BSWH will remain a leader in this next generation of patient care." - Drew Ladner, Chairman & CEO, Pascal Metrics
December 2015

Eight Recommendations to Drastically Improve Patient Safety
Hospitals and Health Networks summarizes The National Patient Safety Foundation's latest report and notes the importance of improving patient safety through a "total systems approach" towards a culture of safety.
December 2015

The Scottsdale Institute Health IT Benchmarking Program
Co-authored by Pascal's CMIO David Classen, "A Unique Approach to Business Analytics: The Scottsdale Institute Health IT Benchmarking Program," is a report based on the SI model which gives health IT professionals insights to compare various forms of health IT systems.
October 2015

Improving Diagnosis in Health Care
The Institute of Medicine Board on Health Care Services released a new report, which examines inaccurate or delayed diagnosis in healthcare. The report recognizes the important role that Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) can play in this effort, citing the need for safe and confidential environments to support learning from diagnostic error. For more information on Pascsal's PSO offering, click here.
September 2015

Creating a Culture of Safety
"Given the current state of infection control, it seems clear that many more steps will need to be taken to assure the safety of patients, hospital employees and the public at large, including making sure that hospitals get serious about developing a culture of safety." For more on Pascal's methodology, click here.
September 2015

Adventist Health System's Intensive Drive to Address Patient Harms
Dr. Loran Hauck, CMO of Adventist Health System (Florida), discusses with Mark Hagland (Health Informatics) the importance of real-time safety information based on patient clinical data through Pascal HealthBench.
September 2015

Specialty Society Clinical Practice Guidelines - Time for Evolution or Revolution?
Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) should be the basis for improving the quality and safety of health care.
August 2015

What Experts Are Saying About Surgeon Scorecard
Dr. David Classen, CMIO of Pascal Metrics, weighs in on ProPublica's recent announcement of publishing a Surgeon Scorecard: "This safety improvement opportunity – enabled by improved measurement – has never been more timely, as new studies suggest that inpatient safety problems may result in the death of over 400,000 patients a year and may result in more than 6 million injuries per year."
July 2015

The Fatal Cost of Hospitals’ IT Ignorance
Leah Binder (The Wall Street Journal) recently discussed the importance of hospital IT and the culture and knowledge to support new technology.
July 2015

Surveillance Tool Identifies 45% of Inpatient Pediatric Harms as Preventable
A recently developed trigger tool applied by researchers to measure the rate of harm to pediatric patients under medical care detected that 45% of harmful events were most likely preventable, according to a study in Pediatrics. For more on Pascal's real-time all-cause harm surveillance platform, click here.
June 2015

Nearly Half of Pediatric Medical Errors Deemed Preventable
A tool developed to prevent medical errors ("harms") in pediatric inpatients found that nearly half of the harms in patient charts were preventable, according to a pilot study to measure the tool's effectiveness. For more on how Pascal's preventing harm, click here.
May 2015

Patient Harm: Long a cause of suffering, now bad for business
Recent research suggests that as many as one third of patients suffer an adverse event while in the hospital.
April 2015

Adventist Health System Saves $108 Million by Improving Patient Safety
By identifying potential problems and taking steps to improve patient safety, Adventist Health System saved about $108 million in total cost, $48 million in variable cost, and $18 million in contribution margins in three years.
March 2015

Better Patient Safety Needs Clinical Analytics, Cultural Change
Dr. David Classen, Chief Information Officer at Pascal Metrics spoke to HealthITAnalytics about why it is vitally important for hospitals to address safety issues, both for the good of the patient and the good of the organization’s bottom line.
August 2014

Survey: Patient harm tops hospitals’ concern, but most lack proper data to fix it
The financial burden of patient harm at the hands of hospitals is likely more than $100 billion annually, but if those same hospitals had access to reliable, real-time data it would go a long way in curbing both harm and costs, according to a new survey.
August 2014

Survey: Few healthcare organizations have access to patient harm data
A new study suggests that a lack of access to reliable data on patient harm is preventing improvement in lowering risk to patients. For more on how Pascal's preventing harm, click here.
July 2014

Dr. David Stockwell named VP of Clinical Services for Pascal Metrics 
Dr. David Stockwell, board certified in pediatric medicine and pediatric critical care, joins Pascal Metrics, a Washington-based patient-safety organization specializing in the use of real-time clinical data to improve safety in healthcare settings
May 2014

FDA will play major role in HIT regulation, doc warns 
A noted physician informatics specialist is predicting the Food and Drug Administration soon will begin regulating health information technology for the first time. 
June 2013

HHS: Hospitals ignoring requirements to report errors 
Hospitals are ignoring state regulations that require them to report cases in which medical care harmed a patient, making it almost impossible for health care providers to identify and fix preventable problems, a report to be released today by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general shows. The article features Pascal leader Dr. David Classen. 
July 2012

Hospitals Rarely Report Adverse Events, Says OIG 
An Office of Inspector General report finds that 60% of adverse and temporary events nationally occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems. But only 12% of the events met state requirements for reporting. And hospitals reported only 1% of the events. 
July 2012

An interview with Drs. Frankel and Leonard 
On patient safety themes from country to country: "It's all about relationships. It's impressive how similar the issues around culture and relationships are.... It's how physicians and nurses relate to each other, and how physicians and nurses relate to the administrative processes. The money can flow differently, but the same issues show up every time. It's about hierarchy, power and management." 
January 2012

Health Affairs' Top 10 Most-Read in 2011 features "Global Trigger Tool" article 
Pascal leaders and advisors including Dr. David Classen, Dr. Roger Resar, Terri Frankel, and Dr. Allan Frankel contributed to one of the most highly read articles of the past year. Their work indicated that adverse events in hospitals may be ten times freater than previously measured. 
January 2012

Lucian Leape cites Jim Conway's leadership at Dana-Farber 
"Under Conway’s leadership, Dana-Farber transformed itself. A key element in that transformation was transparency; being open and honest to the public, to the patient, to staff, and, for Dana-Farber’s leaders, to themselves." 
November 2011

Dr. Allan Frankel on PSOs and data sharing 
In an American Medical Association article, Dr. Frankel writes: "PSOs make sense for learning, and confidentiality is appropriate to increase the amount and quality of data collected. To reach full potential, however, PSOs must find ways, or be required, to aggregate their findings." 
September 2011

Dr. Allan Frankel comments on wrong-side surgeries 
"Sometimes patients speak different languages or otherwise have difficulty communicating with their doctors, said Dr. Allan Frankel of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, who stressed that non-VA hospitals are also struggling to get those numbers down to zero after adopting similar systems." 
July 2011

Pascal Metrics works with U.K. Maternity Collaborative 
"The aim of the collaborative is to improve team working and culture and communication between multidisciplinary teams within their areas." 
February 2011

Dr. Michael Leonard and Jim Conway speak to record setting crowd 
With Dr. Michael Leonard as keynote covering Cultural Change and Patient Safety and Jim Conway on Patient-Centered Care, the SCPSC Colloquium drew record attendees. 
January 2011

A conversation with Jim Conway 
"Today, patient- and family-centered care is “busting out all over.” It is what patients and families want. It is also what staff wants—it’s why they went into healthcare." 
January 2011

Boston Globe on doctor sanctions; Dr. Allan Frankel quoted 
“If you tell me disciplinary actions have gone down, it doesn’t tell me that they’re not doing their job. Their role is to pressure hospital systems and health care organizations to learn and improve and to get rid of bad apples, but not to stifle what they are learning by being too punitive. Discipline is not the only mechanism for getting these systems to be better.’’ 
April 2010

Boston Globe on doctor sanctions; Dr. Allan Frankel quoted 
“If you tell me disciplinary actions have gone down, it doesn’t tell me that they’re not doing their job. Their role is to pressure hospital systems and health care organizations to learn and improve and to get rid of bad apples, but not to stifle what they are learning by being too punitive. Discipline is not the only mechanism for getting these systems to be better.’’ 
April 2010

Dr. Michael Leonard on effective leadership (video) 
"One of the things that they teach their thousands of flight crews in aviation, is if anybody has a concern - anybody - it only means one of two things: either you need to know something or they need to know something; and you never blow it off, you never discount it. You always reconcile it... " 
May 2009

Dr. Allan Frankel reviews risks and fixes 
"In the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Frankel notes, "The reliability of care improves when care is standardized and developed to manage the condition rather than when it is fashioned and limited according to payment methods or organizational structure." 
June 2008