Monitoring incident report in the healthcare process to improve quality in hospitals

Int J Med Inform. 2005 Mar;74(2-4):111-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2004.06.007.


Healthcare organizations are facing growing pressures to adopt intelligent technology to promote quality and safety care in public and private hospitals. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine report also indicated that an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die annually as a result of preventable medical errors and it appears that information management in hospitals can help the organization to improve the quality level. This paper aims to present an experience in the management of events not compliant with the best practice by monitoring these events in a hospital. We used ISO standard to implement general quality process and quality management. This project consists in proposing the possibility of declaring different dysfunctions and incidents by a simple form integrated into the intranet services of the hospital for the medical, nursing and administrative staff. This should lead to quality management of the medical units.

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • France / epidemiology
  • Hospitals, Private / standards*
  • Hospitals, Public / standards*
  • Humans
  • Information Management
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Sentinel Surveillance*
  • User-Computer Interface