By Dee Donatelli, RN, BSN, MBA, Sr. Vice President, Provider Services
The IDN Fall Summit kicked off with a strong start on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, administrators, and vendors united to focus on clinical integration, financial operations, healthcare reform, and patient outcomes. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion about two patient safety initiatives—one that uses Lean methodologies and the other that focuses on medication-use management.
Health systems are applying several Lean principles to patient safety, including shared governance within the system, adoption of patient-centered care, elimination of wasteful processes, and reduction of medical errors. As part of an overall patient-safety strategy, medication-use management involves the monitoring of medication administration and avoidance of dangerous drug interactions and complications, especially in cases of polypharmacy.
The Summit continues through Thursday. I’ll share additional updates with you along the way.