HIT Consultant: How digital health solutions can help hospitals eliminate opportunities for error

by LouAnn Bala, MSN, R.N.
VP, strategic product management, GetWellNetwork

For many hospitals and health systems, creating a culture of high reliability is a priority.  As healthcare shifts toward value-based care models that reward strong clinical outcomes, using repeatable, standardized processes to avoid errors and deliver safe, high-quality care is vital.

Despite dedicated efforts, however, the healthcare industry still struggles to achieve consistent, widespread quality. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.7 million hospitalized patients acquire healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) annually while being treated for other health issues. One in 17 of these patients dies due to HAIs.

Similarly, fall prevention has been the subject of many hospital quality improvement efforts, yet falls remain a common and devastating complication of hospital admission. The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research estimates that 700,000 to 1 million hospitalized patients fall each year.


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