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Pascal Metrics Convenes Gathering On Adverse Events & Clinical Triggers

Largest ever for senior clinical and executive leaders to discuss electronic adverse event detection and improvement

WASHINGTON, DC – October 3, 2011. Today Pascal Metrics is convening a gathering of thought leaders from around the world interested in an emerging approach to reducing harm and related costs. According to organizers and participants, this is the first and largest gathering of its kind.

The group of participating senior clinical leaders – CEOs, CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, other CXOs, Physicians, Nurses, and others – are convening in Washington DC to discuss how clinical triggers broadly and systemically can be used to anticipate and avoid harm, as well as to discuss progress to date in automating triggers and linking harm to cost.

According to keynote presenter, Dr. David Classen of the University of Utah, “In recent months peer-reviewed journals, from The New England Journal of Medicine to Health Affairs, have demonstrated that as many as one-third of patients are being harmed. There is no question that we’re seeing enormous commitment in the provider community to develop new ways of measuring harm and improving care.”

Planned are keynotes, panels, and case study presentations from a number of experts, practitioners, and committed participants. They will share their experiences from organizations ranging from those that are new to using clinical triggers to those that have been using, for example, the IHI Global Trigger Tool for some time. Still others are contemplating developing automated trigger programs that go well beyond EHR/EMR-provided tools. Additionally, there will be significant discussion about linking culture and harm, related best practices, and the potential impact in the field.

Dr. Michael Leonard said of the event: “Reducing avoidable harm and systematically mitigating risk is becoming progressively more important. Not only is it the right thing to do, but leading systems who are moving from ‘looking in the rear view mirror’ to making the data actionable are showing major benefits in clinical quality and cost structure. This is a conversation all healthcare leaders need to be actively involved in.”

Dr. Allan Frankel concluded by saying that “The research over the last year has proven nothing short of arresting: there is far more harm than we thought, occurring more broadly than we thought, affecting far more patients than we thought. It’s time not just to listen to the data, but to act.”

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.