Amsterdam, Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced survey results commissioned by Philips and Regina Corso Consulting that revealed patient safety is still a top concern for physician and nurse leaders in the United States (U.S.), and incomplete data is tightly-linked with this worry. The survey, which included responses from 251 physician and nurse leaders around the U.S., showed that data is playing an increasingly important role in patient safety, and 74 percent of physician and nurse leaders say they believe lack of patient data during in-hospital transport is a risk to patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., with approximately one in 10 hospitalized patients experiencing harm due to such errors, with at least 50 percent preventability1. Patient safety remains a priority for key healthcare stakeholders, and of those surveyed, almost three-quarters of physician leaders (73 percent) and four in five nurse leaders (79 percent) said patient safety keeps them up at night. An important part of maintaining patient safety is ensuring a complete record of patient monitoring data, however, when patients are transferred from one department to another, clinicians often struggle with incomplete data records due to multiple systems operating independently. In this survey, Philips took a closer look at how data plays a role in patient safety.