Clinically Intelligent Real Time Risk Reduction

veEDIS CareTRAKWhite Paper

Risk Reduction and Patient Safety

Evaluation of an Clinical Risk Surveillance Tool to Improve Patient Safety:

"A 1999 landmark study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) revealed that “at least 44,000 and perhaps as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors”. That study, and subsequent research revealed that the preponderance of errors are fundamentally due to system and process design flaws - which can result in diagnostic errors, treatment errors, failures of prevention, and infrastructure failures.

As a result, a plethora of organizations and programs have attempted to improve patient safety, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), The Joint Commission (TJC), and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In particular, CMS leads the Meaningful Use program, authorized by the HITECH Act signed into law in February of 2009. This program distributes financial incentives for providers of healthcare who implement systems certified to advance security, interoperability, and clinical data capture, and meet various quality measures and benchmarks. While the efforts of all these organizations are laudable, demonstrated improvements in patient safety are slow in coming.

Many felt adoption of the electronic medical record, in tandem with computerized provider order entry (CPOE) would usher in a new era of quality. Clearly this has not been the case..... "

At the heart of the veEDIS CareTRAKlogic engine are the proprietary risk algorithms that drive the tool. How good are they? Do they truly identify patients at risk? We asked ourselves those tough questions as part of our due diligence, and ran the algorithms against nearly 800,000 patients seen in 38 different hospitals across 16 states over a one year period.

The analysis of that data is the heart of the white paper we subsequently wrote as a result of that exercise. We put veEDIS CareTRAKunder a microscope and looked specifically at what types of charts were flagged by the tool as high risk. Of those, what were the dispositions? Did the tool accurately identify patients at risk? No risk management tool that we're aware of has ever been through this kind of scrutiny.

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