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A look at improving patient safety: the devil is in the data

With the recent announcement about reducing bureaucracy and the publication of a consultation document, the time is ripe to look at how managing data more efficiently can have a dramatic impact on improving patient safety, as Phil Taylor explains.

In addition to publication of the consultation document Busting bureaucracy: empowering frontline staff by reducing excess bureaucracy in the health and care system in England,1 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is taking an in-depth look at how health and care services work together and how they can evolve in order to meet people’s needs and improve outcomes for all concerned. In doing so, patient safety is being pushed firmly to the top of the agenda.

The identification of opportunities to learn and improve safety is a critical facet of safety processes and is core to successfully implementing three of the five characteristics of high reliability.2 Healthcare is a classic example of a potentially high-reliability industry, with its hyper-complexity, tight interdependence between different departments for patient outcomes, multiple levels and hierarchies for decision-making, and the requirement for fast, emergency action oft

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