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Health System Learning the Key to Treatment Safety

This month, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report to Congress that looked at effective ways for minimising medical errors. The study, which was due to Congress by December 21 under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, examined success in the act’s implementation thus far and suggested future measures for the healthcare industry.

The historic Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 established a one-of-a-kind and powerful framework for patient safety and quality improvement efforts across the country. That framework is ready to facilitate the national collaboration required to achieve additional progress in enhancing healthcare safety and quality. The Patient Safety Act includes several major measures, including the development of a process for entities to be listed as patient safety organisations and the creation and maintenance of a network of patient safety databases.

According to the report, the federal government has met several of the goals so far, including adopting an uniform data gathering method and opening the Network of Patient Safety Databases in 2019. There are currently about 2 million records in the NPSD. In their current form, voluntary patient safety event reports are unable to create a representative sample of the underlying provider or patient populations.

They also pushed for the creation of learning Health systems, which would hasten the acceptance of the most promising findings in order to improve care. For years, Health IT professionals have lauded the potential role of learning Health systems in advancement, with the Institute of Medicine emphasising their importance as early as 2012. However, work on a completely interoperable, AI-driven system is still ongoing.

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