OpenClinica Announces Clinical Partner to Improve Patient Safety

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OpenClinica, LLC is pleased to announce a collaboration with Brigham and Women's (BWH) Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL) to implement applications that help improve safety reporting and response in the hospital in real time.

“Keeping patients safe is the Brigham’s #1 priority. MySafeCare helps us enhance patient safety by increasing our understanding of safety threats as patients experience them and partnering with patients to improve their care,

OpenClinica, LLC is pleased to announce a collaboration with Brigham and Women's (BWH) Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL) to implement applications that help improve safety reporting and response in the hospital in real time.

Safety risks occur at many points during a patient’s hospital stay. According to the World Health Organization:

Patient safety is a serious global public health issue. Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. Of every hundred 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire health care associated infections. Hundreds of millions of patients are affected by this worldwide each year.

[source: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/patient_safety/en/

Specifically, PSLL’s MySafeCare initiative is a mobile application that allows patients and their family members a quick, real time way to report and communicate safety concerns while they are in the hospital. The ability to capture patient perceived safety threats in real time and for use at an organizational level could have the potential to help mitigate risks before safety incidents occur, as well as promote a learning health system.

PSLL has designed and implemented MySafeCare using OpenClinica’s Participate™ platform. Participate allows researchers and health professionals to build user-friendly, interactive views and dashboards for patients and clinicians using mobile and web technology.

MySafeCare completed a successful pilot on the Intermediate Vascular Unit at BWH in the spring of 2015, and has expanded to additional clinical units this fall. Sarah Collins, RN PhD, Senior Clinical and Nurse Informatician at BWH and Harvard Medical School leads the MySafeCare project. The MySafeCare team was particularly attracted to Participate’s flexibility to align with their iterative user-centered design approach, mobile user experience, and ability to ensure data integrity. “Keeping patients safe is the Brigham’s #1 priority. MySafeCare helps us enhance patient safety by increasing our understanding of safety threats as patients experience them and partnering with patients to improve their care,” said Dr. Collins.

Jessica Gosselin, Project Manager for OpenClinica, noted, “This project shows how OpenClinica can deliver value in settings beyond clinical trials. Using the OpenClinica platform, our project teams were able to work together to provide a user-friendly, mobile centric approach that allows for the direct capture of patient-reported data.”

About the Patient Safety Learning Labs at Brigham and Women’s

The Brigham and Women's (BWH) Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL) is a collaboration between the Center for Patient Safety, Research, and Practice at BWH and the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) at Northeastern University (NEU) and is funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) [1P30HS0235335 Making Acute Care More Patient Centered]. The BWH PSLL is led by Principal Investigator David W. Bates, MD, MSc and Co-Principal Investigator James C. Benneyan, PhD, and Patricia Dykes PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, co-investigator and program director of BWH’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice.

PSLL focuses on developing tools to engage patients, family, and professional care team members in reliable identification, assessment, and reduction of patient safety threats in real-time, before they manifest in actual harm. For more information, visit http://www.patientsafetyresearch.org/PSLL/about_psll.html

About OpenClinica, LLC

OpenClinica, LLC provides the most widely-adopted open source software for electronically capturing health research data. With thousands of implementations at biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, academic, and government organizations worldwide, the OpenClinica software facilitates electronic data capture (EDC), clinical data management, and electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO), increasing the speed of collection and quality of data in clinical trials. OpenClinica supports HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, and other regulatory guidelines and is designed as a standards-based, extensible, and modular platform. For more information, visit http://www.openclinica.com.

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