27 June 2013

IDENTIFYING CHANGES NEEDED TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY.

Despite national success in reducing the incidence of infection in intensive care units, a recent study by American International Group (AIG) revealed that substantial barriers to patient safety still persist.

Lack of communication and negative culture are just some of the challenges healthcare providers face. Struggling to improve patient safety and maintain financial sustainability was also found to contribute to the problem.

According to Emily Rhinehart, RN, vice president and division manager for healthcare risk consulting, AIG, “Nearly half of every dollar spent on healthcare costs is related to a medical error.” The study also revealed that 33 percent of C-suite leaders say considerable future changes are required in order to maintain a culture of patient safety at their hospital.

Gain insights from Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president of patient safety and quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine and other key industry experts.

To read the full Healthcare Finance News article, visit http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/barriers-patient-safety-still-exist. What are your biggest obstacles to patient safety?