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Release: May 28, 2002

Web-based tool helps improve quality, reduce errors

University of Iowa Health Care has acquired a new web-based tool designed to help physicians, nurses and pharmacists reduce medical errors and improve patient care.

The electronic tool, created by Zynx Health Inc., helps improve quality of care and control costs while reducing the resources associated with many medical management tasks, said Charles Helms, M.D., chief of staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Results from the use of Zynx by other large academic medical centers have been published in peer-reviewed journals, demonstrating impact on patient mortality rates, length of hospital stays, and overall patient health," Helms said. "Zynx can be used to develop clinical guidelines for treating patients with multiple medical conditions, ranging from routine births to heart attacks."

Select faculty and staff involved in quality improvement activities within UI Health Care recently completed an orientation session on how to use Zynx. Additional training and orientation sessions are being planned.

Zynx's content is updated four times per year and is consistent with the Health Care Financing Administration and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization standards.

Helms said the acquisition of Zynx is consistent with UI Health Care's ongoing commitment to support a safe, high-quality environment for patients, visitors and staff. "This is an exciting new product that adds to the many programs we already have in place to address quality, safety and resource management," he said.

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