User-Centered Collaborative Design and Development of an Inpatient Safety Dashboard

Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 Dec;43(12):676-685. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2017.05.010. Epub 2017 Aug 14.


Patient safety remains a key concern in hospital care. This article summarizes the iterative participatory development, features, functions, and preliminary evaluation of a patient safety dashboard for interdisciplinary rounding teams on inpatient medical services. This electronic health record (EHR)-embedded dashboard collects real-time data covering 13 safety domains through web services and applies logic to generate stratified alerts with an interactive check-box function. The technological infrastructure is adaptable to other EHR environments. Surveyed users perceived the tool as highly usable and useful. Integration of the dashboard into clinical care is intended to promote communication about patient safety and facilitate identification and management of safety concerns.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Electronic Health Records / standards
  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • User-Computer Interface*