Health Care and Risk Management Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Health Care and Risk Management
This paper looks at risk management as a system within health care.
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In this article, the writer identifies one source of risk management data for quality improvement in the healthcare system and evaluates its effectiveness in identifying risk. Based on a review of the latest research findings, the chosen data source is the risk reporting system, a relatively new healthcare risk management tool that allows for the identification and analysis of the risks posed by errors and accidents at a particular organization, and subsequent implementation and evaluation of policies to minimize these risks and improve the quality of services. The writer first provides a brief overview of the history of risk management and events leading up to the development of the healthcare risk reporting system. The writer then describes the characteristics and specifics of the risk reporting system. The writer concludes with an evaluation of the effectiveness of the risk reporting system as a risk identification and quality improvement tool.

Risk reporting system: The history behind it
Risk reporting system: Characteristics and specifics
Conclusion: Evaluation of the effectiveness of risk reporting system

From the Paper:

"The importance of effective health care risk management has been further exacerbated by the exponential increase in litigation for medical negligence. The 1990s brought to light several particularly alarming instances of poor clinical performance and risk management, such as the pediatric cardiac surgery in Bristol and the activities of a general practitioner-turned-murderer, Harold Shipman, and the failure of health care management to identify and avoid such major problems. It was against this historical background that the discipline of clinical governance emerged as a range of processes and factors that combine to improve the quality of patient care. Furthermore, clinical risk management and its role in reducing the unacceptably high rates of medical injury, preventable deaths, and resulting lawsuits was recognized as a major part of clinical governance."

Sample of Sources Used:

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