MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quantros, a leading provider of software and services to advance healthcare quality and safety performance, is pleased to announce that BMJ Quality and Safety (BMJ), the world’s leading journal and source of news, opinion, debate and research on patient safety and healthcare quality improvement, has named its top-ranked article of 2015: “Computerised physician order entry-related medication errors: analysis of reported errors and vulnerability testing of current systems” (Qual Saf doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003555).
Featuring original research led by Gordon Schiff, M.D., Associate Director, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the article is based upon the root-cause analysis of over one million medication errors reported to the Quantros system from hundreds of hospitals throughout the U.S. over a 10-year period. According to BMJ, to arrive at the top articles, the editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief considered a list of approximately 30 candidate articles that were restricted to original research, quality improvement reports, methodology articles and systematic reviews. Candidacy reflected full-text downloads, Altmetrics -- a score measuring attention to articles in terms of conventional news media, as well as social media, such as Twitter and blog posts -- and selection as “Editor’s Choice” for a given print issue.
Frank Mazza, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Quantros, who previously served as the chief patient safety officer at Seton Healthcare Family, says, “We truly appreciate the authors’ acknowledgement of Quantros’ evidence-based contributions to this landmark study, as well as BMJ’s efforts to raise greater awareness of the root causes and socio-technical challenges impacting patient safety. As the Brigham and Women's Hospital study and more recent research conducted by the American Hospital Association (AHA) have clarified, CPOE-related medication errors, and the inability for electronic systems to speak the same language and efficiently and correctly transmit information, are among the root causes of some of the most pressing issues impacting patient safety.”
Hundreds of hospitals and several of the nation’s largest integrated healthcare systems and chain pharmacies are utilizing Quantros’ safety risk management applications and Smart Classification™ technology to make the reporting of adverse events more efficient, intelligent and interoperable, ultimately to track progress in the reduction of preventable medical harm and for mobilizing performance improvement. Federally funded, large-scale patient safety and quality improvement collaboratives and initiatives at the regional, state, national or hospital system level are further accelerating the adoption. Among these, The Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks initiative (HEN 2.0), is organized and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to track and measure progress for more than 3,500 participating hospitals in “core areas of harm,” including adverse drug events (opioid safety, anticoagulation safety glycemic management), patient falls, pressure ulcers and other hospital-acquired conditions.
“Our team is grateful for this award as the top BMJ Quality and Safety article of 2015, not only for the recognition of our vulnerability testing project and Quantros’ contributions, but for the growing recognition of the importance of HIT safety-related issues,” explains Dr. Schiff. “We realized and tapped into the awesome potential of more than a decade of diligent medication error reporting by literally hundreds of thousands of front-line reporters, to learn about problems with the aim of preventing similar problems in the future.”
Annie Callanan, President and CEO, Quantros, concludes, “Minimizing mortality, morbidity and preventable medical harm are the cornerstones of high-quality, value-based care, and demand even stronger accountability for improving patient safety. We’re providing the tools to help track, prevent and measure what matters.”
Quantros is a leading provider of software and services to advance healthcare quality and safety performance. Our Software-as a-Service (SaaS)-based applications help thousands of hospitals, retail pharmacies and some of the nation’s largest health systems to capture actionable intelligence they can use to improve outcomes, reduce risks and to reinforce their commitments to delivering safer, higher-quality value-based care. For more information visit http://www.quantros.com.