Thursday, December 13, 2012

Patient Safety Innovation

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals are being called upon to innovate and create patient safety protocols. Here are six tips that hospitals can take to drive innovation: 

1.      Create a Robust Patient Safety Program: Hospitals need to first create a structured program to encourage patient safety innovation so people can test and share ideas.
2.      Develop a Culture of Safety: The encouragement of innovation depends on a strong culture of safety in the organization.
3.      Hold People Accountable: If employees are held accountable for their actions, it will motivate them to find ways of overcoming challenges to meet goals.
4.      Pilot Programs: Piloting new projects can provide an opportunity for leaders to innovate, test new ideas and refine practices that can then be shared system-wide.
5.      Partner with Researchers: Researchers can test new theories and provide data to support new practices. 
6.      Participate in Outside Patient Safety Programs: Participating in other patient safety programs can create innovation by enabling different organizations to share their successes and failures.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.


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