4 key notes on gender differences in patient safety issues & data analytics

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority researchers used big data analytic tools from SAS to identify differences in patient safety issues between males and females, according to Health IT Analytics.

Here are four key notes:

1. The analysis found female patients are slightly more likely to experience procedure-related errors, medication errors and complications.

2. Male patients are more likely to fall and somewhat more likely to have issues with medical equipment or devices.

3. This year, the PSA stated standardizing its patient safety reporting procedures helped the organization create more big data for recording and reporting instances of patient harm.

4. Big data plays a key part in lowering patient safety incidents. A 2014 study found use of  advanced electronic health records and other health IT tools lowered patient safety events by 27 percent.

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