Collaboration sees US adopt British patient safety systems

Datix and UHC join forces to improve patient safety at hospitals across America

A UK healthcare IT supplier has signed a deal to take its patient safety technology to the United States.

Speaking at the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress in Washington, Datix has announced a strategic collaboration with UHC, an alliance of 116 academic medical centres with 264 affiliated hospitals in the US.

“In response to a request from our members for a broader suite of patient safety tools, we undertook a comprehensive search for a technology partner that could provide the right solutions that our members are looking for,” said Irene M Thompson, UHC's president and chief executive. “Our vision is to help members attain leadership in healthcare by gaining excellence in quality, safety and cost effectiveness. Working together, we can find ways for continuous improvement on patient safety initiatives like this.”

One of the key areas of the partnership is the expansion of UHC’s Patient Safety Net; one of the largest repositories of patient safety event data, and a unique analytical and benchmarking tool. The expansion will include information about claims and complaints.

Jonathan Hazan of London-based Datix said: “The values and goals of our two organisations with respect to patient safety and quality are fully aligned, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership that brings meaningful improvement to the top hospitals across the US.”

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