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Mapping and risk in healthcare

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In most parts of the first world, 10-25% of patients could expect to be harmed by a medical error during an overnight, or longer, stay in hospital. Over the previous decade, many efforts have been made to improve safety, but the overall findings have been inconclusive, with patchy improvements at best.

To help address this situation, the EDC ’s Healthcare Design Group conducts research in safety improvement by taking best practice from other industries, including engineering, and adapting and applying this thinking to healthcare. Two areas of particular interest comprise “System Safety Assessment” (a method for assessing the level of safety in a system and for developing solutions to reduce risk) and healthcare modelling (a method to graphically describe the structure and operations of an existing or proposed system). Both are strongly linked: A good SSA is predicated on a good model of the system to be assessed.

Both SSA and system modelling have their challenges, especially in healthcare. Due to the links between these methods, James Ward and Alex Komashie will do a joint presentation, outlining the successes and difficulties experienced, and where their research might head in the future.

This talk is part of the Methodology in design research series.

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