Authored By: Iris Garrett
According to research from Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 250,000 Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, a number so high that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. However, in an article in The Legal Examiner, Chris Nace says these numbers could be made even worse when you factor in all the medical mistakes that go undocumented.
A medical error can occur at any time during a patient’s treatment, but Nace says most people fall victim to these mistakes when one team of doctors and nurses clock out and another team takes over. In fact, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare reports that 80 percent of serious medical errors are a direct result of miscommunication during the transfer of duties—miscommunication that can lead to delayed treatment, longer hospital stays, and sometimes, extreme harm to the patient.
Fortunately, Nace says there may be a way to reduce the amount of medical errors occurring in our country’s hospitals simply by using a mobile device. Care Thread is a real-time app that can provide a link between medical professionals and their electronic healthcare platforms. Nace says its innovative software encourages the flow of mobile messaging between team members, maps out responsibilities in real time, and pushes important clinical information to staff as soon as it becomes available. The Care Thread app is HIPAA-compliant and patient information is protected by end-to-end encryption.
Nace says the app has potential of greatly improving patient safety and minimizing miscommunication in the country’s busy healthcare facilities by helping medical personnel provide a uniform level of care. But he also says in order to truly reduce errors, it will be up to all members of the medical community to hold themselves to the highest standards when providing care to patients.
You can read Chris Nace’s full article by clicking here.
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