Nurses: Device Interoperability Key to Reducing Medical Errors
March 13, 2015 in News
Hospital errors could be better avoided by improving the interoperability of medical devices, according to a survey of 526 registered nurses conducted by Harris Poll, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 3/12).
The survey was commissioned by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 3/12).
About 93% of nurses surveyed said medical devices should be interoperable (FierceHealthIT, 3/12).
Among respondents who said medical devices should be interoperable:
- 96% said errors could be reduced at least slightly; and
- 60% said errors could be reduced significantly (MobiHealthNews, 3/12).
Half of respondents said they had witnessed an error occur as the result of a lack of interoperability (FierceHealthIT, 3/12).
In addition, 46% of respondents said an error is extremely likely to occur when data is manually entered into a device.
According to the survey, 67% of nurses said they interacted with medical devices at the bedside. About 47% of nurses said working with the devices was the least productive use of their time (MobiHealthNews, 3/12).
In addition, the survey found that 74% of nurses said it was very or somewhat burdensome too coordinate data from medical devices.
Joseph Smith, chief medical and science officer of West Health, in a statement said, “The survey helps show how much of a nurse’s time could be better spent in direct care of patients and families, and how errors could be potentially avoided if medical devices … were able to take the next step and seamlessly share critical information around the patient’s bedside” (FierceHealthIT, 3/12).