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U-Michigan licenses adverse event identification technology to healthcare software company

By David Schwartz
Published: December 2nd, 2009

Quantros, a San Francisco-based health care analytics and decision support software and services provider, has licensed IP and associated software developed at the University of Michigan (U-M) for integration into its suite of safety and risk management (SRM) products. The university’s software will enable automated safety data analysis and alert notifications by utilizing a health care provider’s integrated administrative data. The U-M software capabilities expand Quantros’ ability to identify and analyze trends in adverse events and to provide automated triggers that will help clients improve clinical documentation and coding. The technology uses Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) — a methodology developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help hospitals identify potential adverse events by parsing hospital patient discharge diagnosis codes entered into the hospital billing system. By integrating the technology into its SRM products, Quantros will provide a diagnosis-based solution to identify adverse patient events and allow follow-up to evaluate contributing factors, analyze root causes, and assist in pinpointing strategies for preventing future events. The technology has been in use at the U-M Health System for about a year, according to lead inventor Vinita Bahl, DMD, MPP, director of clinical information and decision support services in U-M’s Office of Clinical Affairs. “Utilization of the system has resulted in better identification and awareness of adverse events,” Bahl says. “Coupled with existing improvement efforts, we have observed a reduction in the incidence of several types of events.”

Source: PR Newswire

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