What healthcare can learn from nuclear power industry?

Just came back from 2014 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in Chicago. I attend a session presented by experts from AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation  titled Safety and Risk in Health Care and Nuclear Power: Learning From Each Other .     By learning from nuclear power industry,  healthcare industry can use technology effectively and efficiently with systems engineering, human factor approaches. The re-engineered  new healthcare delivery system should integrate people, technology, process, organization and external environment. The cross industry collaboration is critical to transform the healthcare delivery.  Simulation will play more important roles on training, assessment, usability testing and process redesign.

You can read more from AAMI monograph,Risk and Reliability in Healthcare and Nuclear Power: Learning from Each Other”

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” —William Gibson

 

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Nuclear expert: After Japan, examine plants’ safety systems, not reactor design

From WSJ, The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant involved multiple system failures that cast doubt on the guiding principle of the nuclear power industry: that engineers can build enough redundancy into safety systems to overcome any threat.”

Aristotle’s words — “Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.” — should serve as a motto for engineers, reminding them to plan not just for rare events but also for contingencies that seem impossible.

Healthcare is in the process to transform the healthcare delivery, systems thinking is critical to deliver safety and quality care to patient every time and every day.

This is the key point from white paper Unmet Needs: Teaching Physicians to Provide Safe Patient Care published by Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Nuclear expert: After Japan, examine plants’ safety systems, not reactor design

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