During his speech at Health Pitch, Dr. Fickenscher related the chances of dying in a plane crash (1 in 20 million) to the chances of dying of a HAI (1 in 350). Dr. Fickenscher asked, “Does anybody want to volunteer to go to the hospital this afternoon to be admitted?” There were no volunteers after he convinced the crowd they should be more scared of a hospital bed than flying at 35,000 ft.
Like Dr. Fickenscher, I think it’s important that we develop a central place for healthcare workers to report problems concerning the industry at large – similar to the airline industry’s reporting functions. After a problem is reported enough times, “They engage in process improvement. They change the way we fly as a result of having information in a central place,” said Fickenscher.
Having this central data repository would help to reduce widespread healthcare problems like hospital acquired infections (HAI).
So let’s make healthcare safer by collecting, analyzing, and sharing the data we gather each day.
You can find Dr. Fickenscher’s pitch on this subject here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzSuA8qmN4
Dr. Fickenscher has accepted an invitation to speak at our industry event – InSites Build 2013 – in Oct. I hope you can join us for a stimulating dialog with “the Whisk Man.”
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