In an effort to decrease adverse drug events in American hospitals, some 20 auditors are using new technology to assess thousands of patient files across seven different hospitals.
"One of the reasons we chose to use UMT Audit technology is because it standardizes data collection throughout a large organization."
- Nelson Lee, Rapid Modeling
Case Study: Using UMT Audit to track and record Adverse Drug Events in Hospitals
Adverse drug events (ADEs) occur when therapeutic drugs have harmful effects. According to recent research, approximately 770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from ADEs, which may cost up to $5.6 million each year per hospital depending on hospital size . In an effort to understand the patterns and occurrences of ADEs, one of Americas largest non profit health systems has commissioned Rapid Modeling to develop a solution for auditing and tracking adverse drug reactions in its hospital system.
The Health System needed a solution to effectively collect data from patient files so that their national office could synthesize and collectively analyze the results. In the past, this has been a near impossible task because individual auditors were separately writing their own assessments on paper forms, meaning that the observations were never standardized and could be susceptible to misdiagnosis. Furthermore, the tedious task of re-entering results into a common computer program was extremely time-consuming.
Rapid Modeling equipped their auditors with handheld computers programmed with Laubrass UMT Audit. Nelson Lee of Rapid Modeling says One of the reasons we chose to use UMT Audit technology is because it standardizes data collection throughout a large organization.
Each of the 20 auditors in the field is assessing thousands of patient files looking for triggers that would point to an adverse drug reaction. Using UMT Audit, the data collection process is automated, which allows the auditor to collect data directly onto their PDA, meaning that they dont have to do double entries, says Lee. Furthermore, using this new technology minimizes the risk of making false assessments. According to Lee, you can program UMT Audit to allow you to build criteria for each assessment by doing this, the auditors are less likely to make a misdiagnosis about an ADE.
Laubrass UMT Audit software is proving to be an effective tool for auditors that need solutions for standardizing their assessments, minimizing assessment errors and alleviating the tedious task of data entry.