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​A new institute for patient safety - an update on progress

21 February 2017 James Titcombe OBE

It’s been a very busy few months here at Datix. At the Datix International Patient Safety Conference in October last…

“Actionability” – the Appropriate and Necessary Outcome of Investigations

17 February 2017 Daniel Cohen

In the previous commentary in this series about enhancing the value of investigations, I discussed the findings of an investigation…

How to improve incident reporting rates

08 February 2017 Industry Insights

The core purpose of incident reporting is to learn from what happened in order to make improvements to future healthcare…

Is it Possible to Modernize How Guidelines and Policies are Stored?

01 February 2017 Industry Insights

Considering the ubiquity of modern technology and computers, it seems an archaic notion that information such as patient records, healthcare…

Improving Diagnosis – Modulating “Hidden” Factors, Human and Otherwise

20 January 2017 Daniel Cohen

When we try to dissect through the various confounding factors that contribute to delays and errors in diagnosis, it is…

Can Healthcare Investigations Learn from the Aviation Industry?

18 January 2017 Industry Insights

At the apex of the 1970s, the aviation industry found itself at the tail end of a 10-year path of…

Can a Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Approach Work for Patient Safety Incidents?

22 December 2016 Industry Insights

Incidents in patient safety typically arise amidst several possible contributing factors and, without appropriate problem-solving strategies, can be exceedingly difficult…

Learning from Avoidable Harm and Death in Healthcare

20 December 2016 James Titcombe OBE

In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition that the way in which the NHS investigates and learns from…

Diagnostic Delays and Errors – Elephants in the Room

19 December 2016 Daniel Cohen

Diagnostic errors are ipso facto delays in arriving at an accurate diagnosis, often resulting in delays in appropriate therapeutic interventions…

How Do Human Factors Effect Decision Making in Healthcare?

08 December 2016 Jonathan Hazan

Try as we might – despite our greatest efforts and accomplishments – humans have yet to create the perfect technology,…