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Partnering to improve health care quality

Medical errors can lead to adverse drug events, falls, infections and other forms of harm to hospital patients. Purdue researchers at the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) are partnering with healthcare providers to collect and analyze data that will help improve the quality and safety of medical care.

The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University Patient Safety Organization (RCHE Purdue PSO), one of two PSOs in the state of Indiana, was established in 2015 and is regulated by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers there utilize Purdue’s CatalyzeCare (www.catalyzecare.org), a virtual community for healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators to share resources and collaborate on innovative ideas for transforming the healthcare delivery system. Rich Zink, managing director of RCHE, leads RCHE Purdue PSO.

Among RCHE’s projects is Infusion Pump Informatics (IPI), an evidence-based community of practice that serves as a source for knowledge and best practices to improve the quality and safety of infusion pump administration. Infusion pumps have become a commonplace way to administer drugs to patients. The Purdue center has partnered with hospitals in 13 states to launch the Infusion Pump Informatics Community at Purdue. Through a Web-based tool, users can easily share analyses, data reporting and best practices for what are known as "smart pumps."

Efforts to improve patient safety resulted in 1.3 million fewer patients experiencing adverse drug events, falls, infections and other forms of harm in hospitals, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided for a three-year period ending in 2013.

- Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service http://bit.ly/1P0qDOC

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