Friday, September 13th 2019

WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare

.....The cost of prevention is much lower than the cost of treatment due to harm. As an example, in the United States alone, focused safety improvements led to an estimated US$28 billion in savings in Medicare hospitals between 2010 and 2015.Greater patient involvement is the key to safer care. Engaging patients can reduce the burden of harm by up to 15%, saving billions of dollars each year......
Monday, August 20th 2018

A Chicago Startup Wants To Eliminate Mistakes in the Operating Room

“What we wanted to do was break the siloed thought processes apart, and we also wanted to do something nobody else had done,” said Vazquez, SafeStart’s CEO and chief marketing officer. “We wanted to involve the patient in the safety process.”
Monday, May 21st 2018

Avoiding “Never Events” In The Operating Room with SafeStart Medical

In order for surgeries to be successful, all of the details need to be meticulously planned out – from organizing the necessary pre-surgical documents, to which body part is being operated on..
Tuesday, April 24th 2018

Three companies blend their skills to create surgical patient management platform

InTouch Health, a telemedicine company, teamed up with two startups — SafeStart Medical and TapCloud — to debut a new product called InTouch Surgical. The tool, which functions as a surgical patient management platform, was selected as the solution of choice for the more than 220 hospitals in Ontario, Canada’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks.
Monday, April 23rd 2018

Surgeon operates on leg of patient with head injury

In a case of gross negligence, a surgeon at the Sushruta Trauma Centre — a dedicated facility for trauma services run by the Delhi government — operated upon the leg of a patient admitted with a head injury. The patient, Vijendra Tyagi, was admitted to the trauma centre with minor injuries on his head and face that he sustained in an accident. The surgeon, however, confused Tyagi with another patient, Virendra, admitted in the same ward with a fractured leg.
Monday, August 29th 2016

Dr. Richard Vazquez on his patient-focused app to improve the surgical safety process and more

Richard Vazquez, MD, is a private practice general surgeon and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He along with George Cybulski, MD, have designed SafeStart. SafeStart is a safety solution that modernizes and extends the surgical safety process. It brings together patients, nurses, physicians and facility and allows them to develop a surgical safety process together. The use of the SafeStart patient portal can improve patient safety by decreasing the risk or occurrence of never events.

SafeStart works with or without an EMR