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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

, 1:20

Quality of care in Israel and beyond


Ilan and Donchin have compared Israel and Canada-s experiences in setting a national patient safety agenda. We broaden this comparison to include the U.S. experience, and suggest that there are three additional key steps which will be important in any national patient safety agenda, and which Israel in particular should consider. These are 1 using health information technology HIT to directly improve patient safety, 2 dissemination and broad use of checklists, and 3 measuring patient safety over time at the national level. Especially because of its already substantial commitment to HIT and well-developed HIT sector, Israel has a major opportunity to move forward rapidly in this area and to achieve broad impact on the safety front.

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Author: Eyal Zimlichman - David W Bates


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