Advanced protocols and checklists have been devised to ensure patient safety. Unfortunately, harmful events still occur despite best efforts.
The AORN has recommended adjunct technology to prevent other sentinel events, and now the StartBox System can assist providers and facilities in capturing errors and tracking risks to improve patient safety.
If you're not tracking errors, you don't know if you're good or just lucky. You're missing an opportunity to understand and improve your safety profile.
Healthcare providers are generally successful at catching errors, but frequently systems are not in place to track errors and so they are poorly understood.
If you're not tracking errors, you're also missing an opportunity to show insurance providers how safe you really are. A recent longitudinal study utilizing StartBox showed the ability of a facility to reduce near misses to near zero.
The data generated from the StartBox System enables providers and facilities to create an objective safety profile. This risk profile demonstrates the "actual risk" of a provider or facility with regard to medical practice liability. Objective data, captured from actual behaviors, may be a better predictor of risk as compared to risk factors more commonly associated with medical liability such as years in practice, geography, age, etc. And premium credits and discounts may be earned through insurance partners.
A study was conducted at a single site over a twelve-month period. Similarly to the experience reported in a peer-reviewed publication, patient harm was prevented and errors were captured. Additionally, a downward trend in near misses was observed, with zero reported during the last five months of the period. This suggests that the StartBox System can help healthcare facilities and providers improve their patient safety and risk profiles over time.
Kim Kramer will lead StartBox in capitalizing on its goals of mitigating risk, reducing medical liability costs and increasing healthcare operational efficiencies.
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