The Improving Care Search Centre is connecting websites around the world to improve the availability and accessibility of patient safety information. This tool is changing the way information is shared, searched and gathered.
“There is no shortage of great work that we can learn from and the Improving Care Search Centre provides the tool to share what is happening across the country and worldwide,” says Dr. Ben Chan, CEO of Health Quality Ontario. “This site is incredibly important to have a crisp and clear way of getting information like guidelines, how-to manuals, training materials, best evidence, and practical ideas to advance the patient safety agenda. It will help us understand results from leaders that we should emulate and lean about the constructive role patients can add to improving care. ”
“Improving patient safety and quality assurance in healthcare has become the aim of many countries,” says Roisin Boland, CEO of the International Society of Quality in Health Care (ISQua). “The Improving Care Search Centre will provide easy online access to patient safety and quality improvement information, and any tool for healthcare providers with this focus will result in better care. It supports the culture shift to one of patient safety and quality as a priority in the minds of healthcare management and staff at all times.”
ISQua is one of the nearly 200 Improving Care Alliance members sharing patient safety and quality information around the world and building the wealth of knowledge we have to learn from. Membership in the Improving Care Alliance is free of charge and open to organizations involved in patient safety and quality, from hospitals, long-term care homes and community care centres to regulatory bodies, health authorities and quality councils.
Alliance member websites will be indexed through the Improving Care Search Centre. Anyone using the search centre to find information on patient safety will be able to access member sites in their search. Members are also able to contribute to the Patient Safety Crosswalk - a place to quickly share and find the latest in patient safety news, events, projects, research and more.
“Patient safety is something we strive to ensure and I feel that being active in the Improving Care Alliance will enable us to provide the best possible patient care,” says Roxanne Gillam, an Infection Control professional at the Dr. C.L. Legrow Health Center, Western Regional Health Authority in Newfoundland and Labrador. “This is a great network that is full of good ideas, information, activities and projects that you take and make your own. They are supported with best practice evidence, which makes them easier to implement. We are in a rural area and I don’t have the same back-up and resources that larger institutions have, so I can use the information accessible on the Improving Care Search Centre to make informed decisions. In particular, I found the hand hygiene information extremely useful in guiding our quality and patient safety initiatives and meeting accreditation standards for our hospital.”
The Improving Care Search Centre allows users to create a profile and customize their home page with the patient safety and quality information feeds they want to receive. These feeds then provide alerts to the most recent Twitter conversations, Patient Safety Crosswalk news items and more. Users can also browse through the list of Improving Care Alliance members, viewing information each organization has shared on the Patient safety Crosswalk and link directly to their websites. Visit the Improving Care Search Centre website and register to customize your experience! To become a member of the Improving Care Alliance, click here.