Patient identification systems

Innovations

Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction 02/27/14

Two hospitals (a 40-year-old flagship facility and a new 58-bed facility) that are part of the Texas Health Resources health system use a real-time location system enabled by radio frequency and...

Verification Screen That Includes Prominent Patient Photograph Significantly Reduces Errors Caused by Orders Placed in Wrong Chart 10/30/12

Children's Hospital Colorado requires clinicians in all inpatient and outpatient facilities to confirm any order entered into its computerized order entry system through a popup verification...

Use of Photographs as Second Means of Identifying Patients on Psychiatry Units Virtually Eliminates Medication Errors Related to Misidentification 08/04/09

To prevent errors resulting from patient misidentification, caregivers in adult and adolescent psychiatry units use photographs as a second means of identifying patients (in addition to the...

Transition "Tickets" Reduce Adverse Events During Patient Transports 09/19/08

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital developed an intrahospital transport ticket (known as Ticket to Ride ) that accompanies patients from their “home” inpatient...

Consortium of Pennsylvania Hospitals Adopts Standardized Wristband Colors, Leading to Reduction of Falls, Allergic Reactions at Rehabilitation Hospital 06/24/08

In 2006, a consortium of 11 hospitals in northeastern Pennsylvania voluntarily agreed to initiate a process to standardize the colors of patient wristbands that identify high-risk clinical...

QualityTools

Incorporating Health Information Technology Into Workflow Redesign: Summary Report 12/06/10

This report provides information and tools to help small and medium-sized outpatient practices assess their workflows to successfully implement health information technology (health IT). These practices are likely to need the most help in...

HIMSS State HIT Dashboard 10/05/10

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) developed the State Health Information Technology (HIT) Dashboard to provide health care professionals and policymakers with easy access to information and resources on major HIT...

Health Information Technology Costs & Benefits Database 12/17/07

This database contains literature articles about the costs and/or benefits of health information technology (HIT) and is searchable in a variety of ways. The Web site also contains information about how the database was developed and about...

Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients...

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