The Datix Common Classification System provides a common language for patient safety, supporting quality dialogue between healthcare professionals, leading to a shared understanding and ultimately influencing safety culture.
A classification system for everyone
The Datix Common Classification System enables the classification of incidents that occur throughout the healthcare environment. Since its inception in 2001, its content has been shaped by healthcare professionals for use in all healthcare organizations, big or small.
Incident classification enables healthcare organizations to efficiently identify, analyze and prioritize incidents. An effective classification system plays a key role in patient safety learning systems, providing a focus for harm reduction strategies and leading to improved safety for patients and others in the healthcare system.
History of the Datix CCS
The Datix Common Classification System (CCS) was devised in 2001, bringing a standard classification to the many customers of Datix. This ground-breaking innovation introduced the potentially complex concept of incident classification in a simple manner, making it accessible to the wider healthcare community for the first time.
The CCS draws on the logic that underpins the World Health Organizations conceptual framework for the international classification of patient safety incidents (WHO-ICPS) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Common Formats. All classifications included in the latest version of the CCS can be submitted to third parties, like Patient Safety Organizations for US providers.
Today, the CCS is the most widely used healthcare incident classification system in the world, used by many hundreds of organizations, ranging from small primary care clinics to global healthcare providers.
Key features and benefits of the Datix CCS
The Datix CCS is easy to use and flexible. It provides a foundation for robust statistical analysis and enables benchmarking with similar organizations. The CCS has been refined with a structure that enhances consistency and reliability. In combination with the other features of the Datix application, the CCS encourages and promotes learning from incidents, with the ultimate goal of system change to improve quality and safety.