Joint Commission Hospitals: You Have the Data!

Joint Commission hospitals are required to conduct a periodic review of your Patient Safety Culture. That data is a veritable gold mine of information on where your risk and exposure may exist within the key organization factors known to impact patient safety. These same factors also contribute to patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. To be useful however, the data deserves to be presented in a way that can be prioritized, isolated, and given context. Safety Culture Debrief does just that so you can use your simulation program to zero in on key issues efficiently and effectively.  

Patient Safety: The Statistics Say it All

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 1999 seminal study, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year from medical errors in the U.S. at a cost of $29 billion. A more recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggests that that number may be closer to 400,000. See, A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care, September 2013. If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a cause of death, medical error would be the third leading cause of death in America. With this information defining much of today’s healthcare landscape, the Joint Commission maintains a keen focus on improving patient safety.


Bringing You Proven Expertise

Through our partnership with Synensis LLC, an international leader in healthcare organizational improvement with a focus on human factors, Safety Culture Debrief has now helped over 200 hospitals (including inpatient systems, ambulatory and international centers) address their patient's safety culture needs. The Synensis team of experts provides an efficient and effective outside perspective on your data combined with an in-depth analysis and interpretation of your results. They will show you what your patient safety culture looks like and how it compares to similar organizations. They will also extract from your data the unique strengths and weaknesses of your unit and department, thereby showing you where you can focus your simulation efforts for the biggest gains and quickest improvements. But the real strength of the Debrief is derived from its ability to portray the data in easy-to-understand graphs and charts that facilitate meaningful discussion and engagement throughout your organization.


Safety Culture Debrief Features

  • Compresses time from data collection to action planning from the traditional 6–12 months to 30 days, providing you a quick roadmap to improvement.
  • Provides an outside, unbiased perspective on your data. Organizations around the world have used its insights to guide successful decisions about how to steer their culture in the right direction and make significant gains fast.
  • Includes a one-day visit with your leadership teams to kick-start the effort and to gain momentum by creating dialogue.
  • Shows you how to evaluate your culture in light of other improvement initiatives and identify the enablers and barriers to improvement currently operating within your system.
  • Identifies correlations among all your safety and patient experience data sets (yes, HSOPS is highly correlated with HCAHPS) that can help you better assess the overall health of your organization along six distinct dimensions of what Synensis terms the Healthy Organization.