Hospitals are loaded down with the latest in health IT and have the bills to prove it. But according to a new survey, they need to invest in specialized technologies to meet patient safety goals, as well as providing more resources and greater organizational focus.
Health Catalyst recently conducted a national survey of physicians, nurses and health executives to gather their thoughts on patient safety issues. Among its main findings was that almost 90% of respondents said that their organizations were seeing success in improving patient safety. However, about the same percentage said there was room for improving patient safety in their organization.
The top obstacle they cited as holding them back from the patient safety goals was having effective information technology, as identified by 30% of respondents. The same number named a lack of technologies offering real-time warnings of possible patient harm.
These were followed by lack of staffing and budget resources (27%), organizational structure, culture priorities (19%), a lack of reimbursement for safety initiatives (10%) and changes in patient population practice setting (9%).