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Free Webinar: Improving Medication Safety

ASQ event provides advice on managing performance data.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 14:41

(ASQ: Milwaukee) -- A free webinar offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 1–2 p.m. CDT, focuses on how a California medical center successfully uses data management to improve medication safety. The webinar presenter, Kalev Golubjatnikov, is patient safety and risk director for Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael Medical Center in California. He will describe some of the center’s technologies and approaches, including a web-based dashboard to manage data to improve medication safety.

The webinar is sponsored by MIDAS+ Statit Solutions Group, a leader in continuous performance improvement solutions for health care. The webinar will focus on understanding which measurements are important, how to best collect data for measurements, and how the data and measurements should drive improvement initiatives in medication safety performance.  

Medication safety is a primary patient-safety imperative of virtually all health care organizations. For Kaiser Permanente, medication safety is an organizational priority.

This event will be of interest to health care professionals involved in administration as well as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and medical records/quality assurance personnel.

Golubjatnikov is a registered medical technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP.) He earned his master of public health degree at the University of Utah and worked in the areas of quality and medical informatics at Intermountain Health Care and the Veterans Administration in Salt Lake City before joining Kaiser Permanente in 1996. Golubjatnikov’s recent work has focused on promoting nursing quality and patient safety.

“Medication mistakes injure more than a million people in the United States each year and cost billions of dollars, so it’s crucially important to examine and implement safety improvement strategies like the ones presented in this new webinar,” says Paul Borawski, ASQ executive director and chief strategic officer.

Health care professionals can register for the webinar via ASQ at www.asq.org/healthcareqps.    


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