To our knowledge this is the first patient safety mobile app for the smartphone and tablet developed for use by physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff to communicate hospital/medical incident reports or quality assurance (QA) alerts, near misses, or other patient safety adverse events.
It has been developed using an amalgamation of criteria and guidelines as suggested by the WHO, JCAHO, CMS, and AHRQ. The app advocates users to follow their own institution’s medical by-laws and HIPAA for peer review reporting to their respective patient safety administrator.
In an increasingly complex environment of health care, medical and hospital staff are required to navigate through many layers of administration, electronic records, and multiple passwords on computers or charts, just to report an adverse event or near miss. By enabling the user to use a smart phone or tablet to directly transmit incident reports, the QA alert app reduces barriers and thus may promote patient safety by increasing ease of reporting
The app has the following features:
*prepopulated QA administrator emails for the Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia major acute care hospitals within the United States. Users from other States in the U.S. or even from other countries can also send the QA alert/incident reports if they know their respective hospital QA administrator’s email and type it into the Incident Report Screen.
*educational content and references to learn more about patient safety.
*A Literature Search option as an in-app purchase for those users who wish to learn more about specific key words related to their incident report.
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