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Connect: Patients and the Power of Data

Source: Young Foundation (UK)

Information is the lifeblood of high quality healthcare. There have been huge technological advances about how it can be used and by whom, which have been under utilised by the NHS. It is now possible to give people control over their own data. If this were done, it would have the potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery for patients, their families and carers.

This discussion paper sets out seven practical ways and examples, each of which the Young Foundation believes would transform health care delivery. These could improve patient experiences, reduced errors and omissions, improve communication and make healthcare more efficient and effective.

Direct link to document (PDF; 2.4 MB)

June 15, 2011 Posted by | Professional Health Care Resources | , | Leave a comment

Hospitals Often Fail to Follow Up on Tests, Study Says

Hospitals Often Fail to Follow Up on Tests, Study Says
Findings point to a ‘substantial problem, which impacts on patients’ safety’

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TUESDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) — As many as 75 percent of hospital tests are not followed up and this failure can have serious consequences for patients, including delayed or missed diagnoses and even death, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed 12 international studies and found that between 20 percent and 61 percent of inpatient test results, and between 1 percent and 75 percent of tests on emergency care patients, were not followed up after patients were discharged.

Follow-up was least likely for critical test results and results for patients moving between health care settings, such as from inpatient to outpatient care or to general practice.

Rates of missed results were equally high for paper-based records systems, fully electronic systems and those that used a combination of paper and electronic records.

The study is published Feb. 8 in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety.

“There is evidence to suggest that the proportion of missed test results is a substantial problem, which impacts on patients’ safety,” the researchers concluded in a journal news release.

SOURCE: BMJ Quality and Safety, news release, Feb. 7, 2011



February 10, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment


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