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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
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
"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
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,"
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.