70% of safety leaders lack data to lower patient harms, survey finds

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Only 24 percent of safety leaders feel they have appropriate data to reduce patient harms, according to a study from Pascal Metrics.
The study surveyed patient safety leaders at the National Patient Safety Foundation's 2014 Patient Safety Congress.

About 90 percent of leaders indicated patient harm is a frequent topic of conversation in their healthcare organizations, though slightly less than one-quarter indicated their current technological systems were able to collect and display data on rates and patterns of patient harm. Ninety-eight percent of leaders said they would prefer a system that could alert them to patient safety issues in real time, according to a news release.

According to a 2011 Health Affairs study, nearly one-third of hospital patients across the country are harmed.

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