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Title: The landscape of medical errors reporting systems worldwide
Keywords: Medical errors
adverse events
information reporting systems
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: International Scientific Conference in Synergy in Energy,Environmet &TourismSymposium on Digital Cities, 19-24 September,Piraeus,Greece.
Abstract: For many years, medical errors have been a very frequent phenomenon in the Health Care Systems and one of the most important causes of mortality and morbidity, universally. Medical errors are on the increase both in Europe and in the United States of America which have forced them to confront the problem and take measures. Much has been written about the improvements in reporting systems in order to identify, collect, analyse and report medical errors and patient adverse events, for enhancing patient safety and health care quality. The aim of this paper is to present the current situation regarding the medical error reporting information systems, worldwide. For example, the Netherlands is the latest country to announce the development of a national medical error reporting system, Australia has had one since 1989, Denmark has one, the UK introduced theirs in 2001, Canada announced their plans in 2003 and the USA has a proliferation of error reporting systems. Moreover, developed western countries do therefore seem to have "bought into" the message that medical error reporting systems are a very crucial issue. Thus, this paper presents the effectiveness of medical error reporting systems for the stakeholders in the health sector. Of course, the key task for the future effectiveness of any medical errors’ reduction strategy will be to identify quality assurance practices that could respond effectively to system data.
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