A recent report highlighted the patient safety benefits and efficiencies that can be gained through point-of-care scanning. Glen Hodgson offers an overview of the Scan4Safety project.
Within any clinical setting, patient safety is of the utmost importance. The best way to achieve it is through the seamless flow of patient information between systems and organisations. Clinicians should have the capacity to capture details of any patientclinician encounters at the point of care, and in a standardised format that can be directly updated into the patient record in real time.
Embedding these capabilities within healthcare systems across the world, would allow for full visibility of a patient’s care pathway by enabling the seamless traceability of information.
In 2016, the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched the Scan4Safety programme, designed to use tested processes to improve safety and efficiency on the frontline of England’s National Health Service (NHS).
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