Siemens Healthineers - Avoiding Medical Errors and Adverse Events
How to expand precision medicine by improving patient safety.
Whenever people act and make decisions, mistakes happen – in healthcare as elsewhere.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 43 million adverseevents happen worldwide each year in the healthcare sector. Statistically, roughlytwo-thirds of these are due to human error and would therefore tend to be avoidable.
Patient safety is an important indicator of healthcare quality. Enhancing and guaranteeingpatient safety should be a high priority for healthcare providers. Adverse events,or injuries as a result of medical care, lead to direct harm and waste, and have spillovereffects on patient confidence in the healthcare system. Moreover, money spent on havingto repeat diagnostic tests or counteract adverse events is unavailable for other purposes.