For professionals in the healthcare industry, having the ability to provide the highest quality care for their patients is of the utmost importance. Healthcare professionals consistently work to minimize patient risk and maximize patient safety as a crucial aspect of care. That’s why Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA); Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS); Fault Tree Analysis; Reliability Prediction; Reliability Block Diagram (RBD); and Weibull Analysis are integral tools in the effective and safe functioning of forward-thinking healthcare organizations.
The Importance of Healthcare Reliability Analysis
“First, do no harm”: the Hippocratic Oath is one of the most widely known ethical codes. In order to not only do no harm to their patients, but also provide compassionate and effective care, healthcare professionals need processes that are proven to be reliable and free of errors. This is where analysis software tools, such as fault tree analysis for healthcare, step in. Reliability and quality focused software tools enable healthcare professionals to analyze specific products, systems, and processes in order to detect failures, errors, and issues that could compromise the quality of healthcare services — and, as a result, put patients’ lives in danger.
From the initial examination of a patient throughout his or her care to eventual discharge, numerous devices, systems, and processes impact the patient’s condition and help influence the chosen course of treatment. All of these factors need to be carefully vetted to ensure they have the desired effect and are safe for the patient.
Some examples where reliability analysis can be applied include FMEA to improve quality in emergency department handoff processes, Reliability Prediction to help predict MTBF in ICU equipment, and Fault Tree Analysis to analyze high-risk events in operating theaters.
Relyence Reliability Analysis Tools for the Healthcare Industry
In many industries, reliability and quality control efforts are focused on a product, service, or compliance issue. While these are vital to professionals in nursing and healthcare – such as evaluating the equipment and devices used daily – they must also include oversight of human-controlled processes. For example, consider the checklists used for verifying processes are followed each and every time, the strict measure required for distribution of medications, and constant and consistent verification of patient identity. In addition, healthcare personnel must adhere to standards and regulations unique to their industry.
For these reasons, those in the healthcare industry utilize a variety of software tools to help manage risk, safety, and compliance requirements. The Relyence software tools are built to handle these needs and provide an effective and efficient framework for reliability and quality management in the healthcare sector. The Relyence platform includes:
- Relyence FMEA: Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is widely used throughout medical and healthcare related organizations. Offering a highly collaborative environment, Relyence FMEA supports a team-based approached to your failure analyses, which is the proven and recommended approach for the most effective analyses. Relyence FMEA enables you to fully document your potential failure modes, determine an action plan based on severity of failure, and then track implementation through to closure. Plus, Relyence FMEA supports all types of FMEAs – Design FMEAs (DFMEAs), Process FMEAs (PFMEAs) including Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs) & Control Plans (CPs), Monitoring and System Response FMEAs (FMEA-MSRs), and Failure Mode, Effects, & Criticality Analyses (FMECAs). Relyence FMEA supplies built-in templates for the most commonly used FMEA standards: AIAIG, SAE, and MIL-STD-1629, or you can customize these templates or create your own unique FMEA Worksheets to meet your needs.
- Relyence FRACAS: Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action Systems help you to track and manage your process for corrective action. FRACAS falls under the umbrella of CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Action) or CA (Corrective Action) processes. All corrective action management systems have the same objective: to enable you to efficiently track and manage issues of any kind from initial report to corrective action to close out. Relyence FRACAS provides built-in support for the most commonly employed processes for corrective action – 8D, DMAIC, PDCA, or Six Sigma.
- Relyence Fault Tree: For highly comprehensive risk analytics, reliability and quality professionals often turn to Fault Tree Analysis (FTA). FTA is a widely accepted and proven technique for risk assessment used in many industries, especially those where risk and safety control is paramount. Using Boolean logic to create fault tree diagrams, you can evaluate the probability your high-risk events. Relyence Fault Tree couples an easy-to-use diagramming front-end with a powerful and accurate computational engine to provide a wide array of risk metrics such as unavailability and number of failures.
- Relyence Weibull: Weibull Analysis, or Life Data Analysis, allows you to analyze your life data in order to predict trends. The advantages of Weibull analysis are the ability to perform statistical analysis on a small sample size and its inherent versatility. Relyence Weibull supports a range of distributions and produces high-quality, visually pleasing data plots.
- Relyence Reliability Prediction and RBD: For a metrics-based approach to failure assessment of electromechanical systems, Reliability Prediction and RBD compute a range of metrics including failure rate, MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures), availability, number of failures, and many more. Relyence RBD utilizes sophisticated mathematical algorithms, including Monte Carlo simulation, to model complex systems such as those employing redundancy.
- Relyence Studio: Our integrated product suite combines our analysis tools in one complete toolset for ultimate flexibility and data sharing. You can configure your Relyence Studio suite to include the Relyence products that you use and add on modules at any time.
Relyence software has the ability to help you meet your continuous improvement goals while simultaneously adhering to all relevant compliance requirements. Additionally, we continually improve and update our products to maintain the most up-to-date and technologically advanced toolset available.
Meeting Reliability & Quality Standards for Healthcare
In the healthcare sector, the Joint Commission has the stated mission ”to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”
The Joint Commission provides an array of accreditation standards and updates them often. The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) purpose is to support improvement for patient safety. The NPSGs identify problem areas in healthcare and outline solutions to these issues. Typically, the goal is to use system-wide solutions. Some examples of areas that the NPSGs cover include regulations to prevent the spread of infections due to drug-resistant organisms, other infections of the bloodstream or surgical sites, and regulations for ambulatory care.
Other organizations that deal with accreditation in the health care include Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), and Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA), and Joint Commission International (JCI) that offers international health care accreditation services worldwide.
As part of a commitment to patient safety, you can look to the Relyence suite to provide the necessary software tools to help you manage and track your reliability and quality improvement efforts. From assessing high risk items with fault tree analysis (FTA), to capturing and tracking incident reports with FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System), to analyzing failure items and identifying recommended actions for improvements with FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis), Relyence has the tools you need. Our name stands for reliability excellence – and we aim to help you achieve excellence in all you do.
Reliability Analysis in Nursing and Patient Safety
Because nurses are the frontline in healthcare, their input and observations are vital for ensuring patient well-being and safety. Reliability analysis in nursing can be a significant part of maintaining quality care. Some examples include helping to define protocols for patient safety, such as avoiding falls, improving the dispensing of medications, implementing infection control processes, and much more.
Benefits of Using Relyence for Reliability Analysis in Healthcare
In the healthcare field, risk and safety measures are a vital part of every minute of every day. For this reason, your choice of software tools to meet your stringent quality requirements is extremely important. At Relyence, it is part of our mission to design not only comprehensive analysis tools, but software tools that are intuitive, innovative, and use the power of today’s technologies.
Behind our powerful and capable tool suite, we have a firm commitment to unparalleled customer service and support. Our knowledgeable and responsive team consistently gets high marks across the board.
A few of the key benefits you can expect from using Relyence reliability software in the healthcare sector include:
- Efficiency: Efficient time management is critical for healthcare professionals. For that reason, look to Relyence tools – we offer the most intuitive and efficient reliability software tools because we recognize that your time is valuable. You don’t want to spend your time learning new tools, but analyzing your systems for process improvement.
- Confidentiality: We understand that security and confidentiality are important. We offer a choice of deployment options to match your security needs: an on-premise installation, a private cloud hosted application, or a secure and reliable cloud hosted solution.
- Support: In addition to our software suite, we also offer a range of support services — including hands-on training, professional services implementation and full access to our resource library as well as our technical support personnel. Our customer service is second to none.
- Built to Grow with You: Relyence Studio is a powerful integrated platform supporting a wide range of analysis methodologies. You can start with just one tool and add on tools as your needs change and evolve. Plus, all our tools provide endless customization capabilities, so you can start small and customize as your needs grow. And we offer complete role-based permissions, so you can add team members with different responsibilities and control their access as you require.
- Collaboration: Across the board, healthcare professionals work in a team-based environment. Supporting collaboration and a team approach ensures that the best ideas are determined and then deployed throughout your organization. Relyence offers anytime, anywhere access and supports any device you choose, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Our completely browser-based solution means no installs and easy access.
What to Look for in Reliability Analysis Software for the Healthcare Industry
When you are selecting your software tools for reliability and quality management in the health care industry, some important items to consider include:
- Technologically up-to-date: In the rapidly changing field of healthcare, it is critical that your healthcare reliability analysis software is built on the latest technologies and is kept up-to-date with technological innovations. Ensure your tools support mobile devices and browser-based interfaces and do not rely on outdated IT frameworks.
- Flexibility: Software tools must be adaptable to your needs. Make sure commonly customized software such as healthcare FMEA and healthcare FRACAS tools are easily configurable.
- Continual product improvements and updates: Just as improvements are a constant in the healthcare field, you should expect the same of your healthcare reliability analysis software tools. Ask about product updates, implementation of customer suggestions, and look for a track record of consistent product enhancements and releases.
- Easy-of-use: Look for software that does not require a long learning curve or long hours of training. You want a tool that is easy for team members to understand and use.
- Minimal IT requirements: Your software solutions should not be a burden on your IT staff. Taking advantage of cloud hosted deployments eliminates hardware requirements, and the need to deal with product installs and updates.
- Expertise: As just one example, healthcare failure mode and effects analysis require specific knowledge and expertise. Make sure your software vendor understands the details of healthcare FMEA worksheets and can support your needs. Look for a team of reliability professionals that can provide advice, guidance, and consultation.
- Knowledgeable & responsive support: Responsive, knowledgeable technical support can be difficult to find these days. Look for a team that answers your call, responds to your questions in timely manner, is open to suggestions for improvement, and aims to please on all customer service interactions.
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