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Automating patient safety incident reporting to improve healthcare quality in the defence medical services
  1. Di Lamb1 and
  2. N Piper2
  1. 1Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Academia and Research), ICT Centre, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Navy Command Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, Portsmouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Wing Commander Di Lamb, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Academia and Research), Medical Directorate, ICT Centre, Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SQ, UK; Prof.ADMN{at}rcdm.bham.ac.uk

Abstract

There are many reasons for poor compliance with patient safety incident reporting in the UK. The Defence Medical Services has made a significant investment to address the culture and process by which risk to patient safety is managed within its organisation. This paper describes the decision process and technical considerations in the design of an automated reporting system together with the implementation procedure aimed to maximise compliance. The elimination of inherent weaknesses in feedback mechanisms from the three Armed Forces, which had been uniquely different, ensured the quality of data improved, which enabled resources to be prioritised that would also have a direct impact upon the quality of patient care.

  • Accepted August 18, 2015.

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  • Accepted August 18, 2015.
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