UNT Health Science Center and ArcheMedX Extend Collaboration To Improve Patient Safety

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UNT Health Science Center and ArcheMedX today announced the development of a sustainable online curriculum of educational activities to address patient safety issues across the State of Texas and beyond.

Improving patient safety through more engaging online education

More than 250,000 Americans die annually from preventable medical errors, recent data suggest, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States. The number of Americans experiencing serious, but non-lethal, injury from preventable errors may be 10 to 20 times that number.

To help address the crisis, UNTHSC received legislative funding to establish the Institute for Patient Safety, which is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care in the region and throughout the nation.

“We believe that one crucial element of patient safety is timely and effective education for medical providers,” said Andrew Crim, Executive Director of Professional and Continuing Education at UNTHSC. “For this reason, we believe our partnership with ArcheMedX, and its award-winning suite of data-driven, educational tools, is critical to ensuring we can deliver effective education to the health care community across Texas.”

Medical errors lead to an estimated $50 billion in added U.S. health care costs, and up to $1 trillion in lost human potential and contributions. These alarming statistics emphasize the urgent need for patients and health care professionals to work together to eliminate medical errors and to assure the highest quality of health care for everyone.

“UNTHSC is nationally renowned for developing innovative educational programs, and the goal of our collaboration is to accelerate the pace at which the UNTHSC team can design, deliver, analyze and refine a sustainable curriculum of online education that addresses a critical gap in our nation’s health care system,” said Joel Selzer, ArcheMedX CEO. “This is the best kind of partnership – one that combines the recognized strengths of each organization to create real and meaningful change, in this case by enabling a more pervasive patient safety culture that mitigates preventable medical errors and saves lives through better education.”

Added Crim, “Collaborating with the ArcheMedX Team will also allow us to learn critical lessons about how our educational interventions are working and enable our team to rapidly optimize and refine our educational experiences over time.”

During the coming year, UNTHSC and ArcheMedX will identify and address patient safety issues throughout the state and develop and deliver a sustainable curriculum of more interactive, data-driven educational activities. These activities will be powered by the ArcheViewer, an eLearning and analytics platform. The initial series of educational programs launched this summer with the first activities focusing on medication reconciliation. This series will be followed by courses in the fall on interprofessional communication, medication non-adherence and transitions of care.

To learn more about the Institute for Patient Safety and the Institute’s educational initiatives, visit https://www.unthsc.edu/institute-for-patient-safety/healthcare-quality-and-safety/. To learn more about ArcheMedX and its data-driven approach to supporting online learning, contact Michelle Tyner at michelle(at)archemedx(dot)com.

About the Institute for Patient Safety:
Recognizing the urgent need to improve patient safety, the UNT Health Science Center has created the Institute for Patient Safety, with generous support from the Texas State Legislature. Although led by UNTHSC, the Institute includes diverse health care and related institutions throughout the region, as well as institute fellows and scholars who represent a broad array of health care professionals, patients and advocates. Founding members of the institute include Texas Christian University, JPS Health Network and Cook Children’s Medical Center. This collaboration reflects a community-wide effort combining expertise from the fields of medicine, science, engineering, public health, nursing and patient experience.

About UNT Health Science Center:
UNT Health Science Center is a values-based graduate university located on 33 acres in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Founded in 1970, the university has approximately 2,500 students across its five graduate schools: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions and the UNT System College of Pharmacy. Key areas of interprofessional strength include aging and Alzheimer's disease, applied genetics, eye diseases, primary care and prevention. For more information, please visit http://www.unthsc.edu.

About ArcheMedX:
ArcheMedX is a health care informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of health care organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of more enagaging, web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas. To learn more, visit http://www.archemedx.com.

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