SMWCon Spring 2014/Using SMW in healthcare settings
Special considerations, such as patient safety, confidentiality and informed consent apply in Healthcare.
The SMW offers a number of possible approaches to addressing these and improving Healthcare. Examples include, checklists, which research has shown to be a means of reducing clinical error considerably.
The SMW could help specifically in:
- incident management to measure clinical metrics and identify root causes for poor outcomes and 'never events'
- raising semantically based alerts from checklists, enabling 'red flag' combinations of factors to be identified in real time
- separating clinically relevant data from confidential patient data to enable clinical decisions, clinical research and clinical governance
- providing consistent measurement of outcomes and relating them to treatment regimes, and environments