Europe is at the forefront of acknowledging the importance of patient safety and risk management. Eight to 10 percent of patients in the region are subjected to healthcare-associated infections and medication or prescription errors. Around 30 to 40 percent of these issues are preventable, and healthcare institutions have rolled out several initiatives for reporting and learning systems, as well as patient safety directives. Denmark in particular has shown considerable progress, followed closely by the U.K. and France.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.connectedhealth.frost.com), Patient Safety and Risk Management in the United Kingdom, Denmark and France, finds that European Union (EU) member states have identified 13 directives for patient safety. Nine states including the U.K., Denmark and France have implemented 10 to 12 recommendations, which are expected to be fully enforced by 2015. The EU's aim to digitally enable its healthcare system by completely transitioning from a paper documentation system to electronic health records (EHR) by 2020 will bring its vision of a safe environment for patients to fruition.
"Healthcare systems in these three countries have established quality standards for the use of drugs and medical devices. They have also initiated a range of patient safety initiatives for national and regional incidence reporting, infection control, medication management, adverse event reporting, e-prescribing, and surveillance," says Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Research Analyst Shruthi Parakkal. "The need to comply with these programs and policies will drive the uptake of healthcare IT solutions for patient safety and risk management."