As we near the halfway point of 2018, we can’t help but wonder how the Healthcare industry is tackling the top 10 identified patient safety issues. From hand hygiene, disparate EHRs, and the continued rapid pace of hospital mergers and acquisitions, has there been progress that has any impact on patient safety?

The Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control editorial team chose the following 10 patient safety issues for providers to prioritize in 2018, presented below in no particular order, based on news, study findings and trends reported in the past year.

  1. Disparate EHRs.While EHR adoption continues to increase among healthcare providers, interoperability remains a challenge. A KLAS Research report released in October shows only 14 percent of 420 survey respondents at hospitals and clinics indicated they have “deep interoperability” when sharing data among different EHRs. This figure is up 6 percent from a year prior.

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An old African proverb shares the wisdom that, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  The same principle applies to raising patient safety. It is a collaborative, communal effort, requiring the Healthcare community of clinicians, doctors, policy makers, and leadership to band together for the common goal of safer patient care.

Patient safety is a prominent concern for all in Healthcare, and for over 60 years, PDC Healthcare has worked with healthcare providers to create solutions that help reduce errors and adverse events to maximize patient safety. PDC offers simplified solutions for the complex world of healthcare with the goal of improving patient care.

To learn more about PDC’s complete portfolio of identification and patient safety solutions, visit us at www.pdchealthcare.com.

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As we near the halfway point of 2018, we can’t help but wonder how the Healthcare industry is tackling the top 10 identified patient safety issues. From hand hygiene, disparate EHRs, and the continued rapid pace of hospital mergers and acquisitions, has there been progress that has any impact on patient safety?
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Owen Rooney
Owen Rooney is a Marketing Manager of Patient Identification at PDC, where he works with hospital clients to help identify and provide solutions for their unique needs and challenges. Prior to joining PDC, Owen worked in the medical device industry for the last 13 years, the last seven of which were in Product Management. He helped to create a patient safety solutions program that helped hospitals save money, reduced patient injuries, and made nurses jobs more efficient. In his free time, Owen enjoys spending time with family, traveling, camping, and sports (specifically basketball, football, and baseball). For 2 years, he lived on an island with a population of 15,000 people.

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