Patient safety software and solutions can be a critical tool for hospitals to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance patient and staff satisfaction. As more hospitals consider implementing patient safety software, we’re receiving more questions about the technology and the benefits it provides. Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
What is patient safety software?
Patient safety software continuously reviews and analyzes safety-related data across a healthcare organization. The most effective solutions provide real-time alerts when safety problems occur, so that hospitals can intervene quickly and prevent them from happening in the future. Effective patient safety software provides insights across multiple patient safety categories and hospital departments, including pharmacy surveillance, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, safety surveillance, and risk and claims.
How can these solutions benefit my hospital?
Once implemented, this technology can help hospital leaders and staff make smarter business decisions and optimize care. Key use cases include:
- Identifying potential infections and outbreaks sooner
- Managing safety risks
- Monitoring and correcting medication errors
- Enhancing antimicrobial stewardship initiatives
What should I look for in a patient safety software?
The most effective patient safety software solutions include the following capabilities:
- Ability to integrate with your current systems, including your EMR
- A robust rules library that can be adjusted based on your unique needs and challenges
- Easy-to-access and timely analytics tailored to your needs
- Support from a clinical team to ensure make the most of your data
Patient safety software and solutions are vital for any hospital to maintain high standards of safety. Want to learn more about how these solutions can help your hospital? Check out these additional resources:
The Hospital Patient Safety Report, released each year since 2019, serves as a barometer of safety performance within U.S. hospitals. Based on an annual survey of hospital executives and clinical leaders, the report reveals how safety challenges, initiatives, and priorities are evolving.
This year’s report also explores both how and how much the hospital safety landscape has changed two years into the COVID-19 pandemic.
What safety challenges are on hospitals’ watch lists, and what are they doing to overcome them? This infographic—featuring insights gathered from VigiLanz’s Hospital Patient Safety Report 2022, Becker’s Hospital Review, JAMA, and more—has answers.