Information and communication technologies enable a comprehensive governance of patient safety in chemotherapy. An Italian framework project

Elena Sini, Michele Torresani, Paolo Locatelli, Nicola Restifo, Roberta Facchini

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Abstract

Therapy management is a critical clinical process in terms of patient safety, traceability, and accountability. Chemotherapy is even more challenging, because of different professionals working together, strict protocols, dangerous procedures, costs. Thus, process control, consolidated organizational knowledge and ICT supporting tools become essential for safety and management. Unfortunately, literature does not provide an integrated approach to these issues; national networks of innovation and research can provide better help. Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan leads "Towards a complete competence framework and an integrated solution for patient safety in chemotherapy", a project funded by the Italian Ministry of Health now assessing guidelines, process configurations, risk levels and ICT solutions, in over 20 Italian healthcare organizations. Major results of organizational and technology assessments are here discussed, focusing on the Istituto as a major example of process reengineering and ICT, dealing with Pharmacy centralization, advanced automation, digitalization of drug management, also drawing interesting considerations about impacts and benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event24th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2011 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 27 2011Jun 30 2011

Other

Other24th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period6/27/116/30/11

Keywords

  • Chemotherapy
  • dilution automation
  • ICT innovation
  • Mobile&Wireless
  • pharmacy centralization
  • RFId technology
  • Risk Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Sini, E., Torresani, M., Locatelli, P., Restifo, N., & Facchini, R. (2011). Information and communication technologies enable a comprehensive governance of patient safety in chemotherapy. An Italian framework project. In Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems [5999028] https://doi.org/10.1109/CBMS.2011.5999028