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 Boosting patient safety

The ability to perform free-text searches of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) could soon be the norm, as a study recently verified natural language processing to be considerably better at identifying postoperative complications.  

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that natural language processing correctly identified 82% of acute renal failure cases compared with 38% for patient safety indicators.  

The cross-sectional study of 2974 patients undergoing inpatient surgical procedures was conducted at 6 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers between 1999 and 2006.  

Improving patient care and safety is an ongoing priority for CEOs of healthcare organizations. Many hospitals have implemented EMR systems, but patient safety remains a top concern. How to create a culture of quality will be one of the topics for discussion at the upcoming marcus evans National Healthcare CXO Summit Fall 2011.  

The study concluded: “Among patients undergoing inpatient surgical procedures at VA medical centers, natural language processing analysis of electronic medical records to identify postoperative complications had higher sensitivity and lower specificity compared with patient safety indicators based on discharge coding.”  

The marcus evans National Healthcare CXO Summit Fall 2011 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 24-26.  

For more information, please visit: www.healthcare-summit.com







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