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Healthcare Providers Reduce Patient Harm, Cost with Pascal Metrics’ Risk Trigger Monitoring

Pascal Metrics releases real-time adverse event prevention service for general availability following successful early implementation in leading health systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 28, 2014 – Pascal Metrics, a leading Patient Safety Organization (PSO) that specializes in using real-time clinical data to improve the safety and reliability of care, today announced the general availability of Risk Trigger® Monitoring, Pascal’s most powerful patient safety subscription service, which detects and manages adverse events to help hospital systems reduce patient harm.

Unique in healthcare, Risk Trigger Monitoring ingests continuous data feeds from multiple hospital health information technology (HIT) systems and applies the intelligent technology of the field’s leading patient safety SaaS platform, Pascal HealthBench®, in order to move hospitals towards measuring all-cause harm in real time – complete with clinical confirmation workflows. Only by measuring all-cause harm will hospitals be able to answer their patients’ question, “Am I safer?”

Built on the trusted foundation of prior peer-reviewed research published by leading patient safety experts in the field, including Pascal’s own recognized clinicians and informaticists, Pascal’s approach enables early detection of adverse events by leveraging existing health IT investments to promote safer and more reliable care – anchored by system-wide, hospital-wide, and unit-wide clinical confirmation workflows to support clinical intervention and improvement with data that clinicians can trust.

“A third of all inpatients suffer an adverse event in U.S. hospitals at a cost of over $100 billion each year, and much of that harm is preventable,” said Drew Ladner, CEO of Pascal Metrics. “Most hospitals do not have a measure of their all-cause harm, and Risk Trigger Monitoring provides not only an approach to automate patient harm measurement but also to track, ameliorate, and manage that harm along with related costs. This positions hospitals for the next step: using safety-specific predictive analytics to avoid harm and related costs altogether – exactly where this next generation of safety is taking patients.”

Designed by clinicians, Risk Trigger Monitoring is distinctive in creating authenticated adverse event data sets that are clinically credible for intervention and improvement. Advanced complex event processing (CEP) technology finds signals within patient data identifying potential adverse events as or even before they happen. As a federally recognized PSO, Pascal’s Risk Trigger services are delivered within a culture of learning, generating feedback for providers in a safe environment in order to achieve measurable improvement in the safety and reliability of care for patients.

Dr. David Classen, Pascal’s chief medical information officer, added: “Hospitals that are working towards becoming high reliability organizations must know how their patients are being harmed from all causes. Only then can hospitals prove the way their patients are being cared for, and the first step towards all cause harm-based care is measuring in a clinically valid way.”

Moreover, Pascal supports a national collaborative of leading hospital systems across the United States to pioneer automated patient safety measurement. Early implementations using Pascal’s trigger-based approach have demonstrated reductions in harm and associated cost.

About Pascal Metrics

Pascal Metrics is the first and only Patient Safety Organization (PSO) that specializes in providing real-time patient safety and clinical improvement services to reduce patient harm and related cost. Pascal’s unique integration of clinical expertise and cloud-based services supports the delivery of comprehensive healthcare analytics and solutions in academic, community, government and private hospitals and healthcare systems in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, making Pascal a leader in the areas of safety culture, adverse event management and leadership development. Pascal is based in Washington, D.C.