Synensis Tapped to Help Improve Universal Healthcare Standards in Nigeria

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Focus of project is to improve patient safety and satisfaction, evaluate hospitals, construct hospital accreditation criteria, and create a curriculum for the SQHN Quality Institute.

Stephen M. Powell, MS

Stephen M. Powell, MS

I am very confident that based on our experience in foreign and sub-Saharan countries, Synensis can ably assist Nigeria with these critical healthcare initiatives.

Synensis, a leading provider of patient safety tools and training, has announced it has been contracted by The Society For Quality Healthcare in Nigeria to assist Nigerian officials with overall healthcare improvement with respect to safety standards, the establishment of hospital accreditation criteria, and to devise a new curriculum for patient safety classes for the Nigerian Patient Safety Institute – all in an effort to establish a zero harm environment in Nigerian hospitals.

Over the past several years, there has been a major effort in Nigeria to raise the levels of patient safety and the culture of safety throughout the country. Home to more than 170 million people, Nigeria currently has no nationally recognized healthcare standards in place. This initiative, a groundbreaking effort, aims to change that.

“The Society for Quality Healthcare in Nigeria was created to be a vehicle for training individuals and organizations on the importance of patient safety and patient-centered care initiatives,” said Stephen Powell, Synensis chief executive officer and president. “I am very confident that based on our experience in foreign and sub-Saharan countries, Synensis can ably assist Nigeria with these critical healthcare initiatives.”

In addition, Synensis has also been tasked with supporting the development of a learning curriculum on healthcare quality, patient safety, and patient-centered care for the courses the SQHN Quality Institute plans to offer. To make that happen, Synensis is working directly with the SQHN leaders who are driving patient safety and patient-centered care efforts throughout Nigeria.

Although the relationship with Nigerian healthcare officials has been ongoing, this new and more formal assignment comes at a time when Nigerian hospitals can benefit greatly by leveraging the processes and procedures Synensis has pioneered regarding patient safety and patient-centered care.

“This effort is fully consistent with the human-centric approach that Synensis uses in all its engagements,” said Daniel Baily, a Synensis senior consultant. “Synensis believes strongly that changes in patient safety and patient-centered care will lead to fewer medical mistakes, significantly reduce preventable harm, and a vastly improve patient safety culture throughout Nigeria’s healthcare facilities.

“It is this human-centric approach to patient safety improvement in any country that led SQHN to work with Synensis,” he said. “This is an approach we have demonstrated in globally in locations like United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Singapore, and others. This human-centric approach to healthcare performance is as applicable overseas as it is in the United States.”

About Synensis

Synensis was formed to create healthier organizations, improve the quality of healthcare around the world, and help save thousands of lives each year. The company provides the tools, knowledge, coaching, and training to make every member of the healthcare team more effective. Synensis works with clients to help them transform healthcare systems to become safer places for patients and more satisfying workplaces for those who care for them.

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