Medication Safety Innovation Challenge
Medication Safety Innovation Challenge
Do you have an idea for transformative innovation that can improve patient safety by decreasing medication errors?
Who can participate?
This Innovation Challenge is an internal HSC challenge open to all faculty, staff and students at The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Teams comprised of up to four members are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
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Explore the HSC Next platform to discover resources that can help you think about or develop your idea. You can find Tools to help you develop your idea, Stories that will inspire you to think like an entrepreneur, Connectors that offer innovation programming and even Events that will challenge you to grow as an innovator. Check back often as the resources are frequently updated.
Submit Your Idea
Begin telling us about your idea! Click the START button on this page and answer a few questions. You can save your work and return to it later. After logging back in, you will find your draft submission on your profile page. Once you’ve finished, click SUBMIT to enter your idea in the Challenge.
What's YOUR solution?
- Medication reconciliation—the process of reviewing all medication a patient is taking—is difficult for many organizations and individuals outside of the hospital. Medication reconciliation is imperative for assessing the risk of drug interactions and avoiding duplications, omissions, dosing errors, etc. However, medication reconciliation can be time consuming and confusing for patients, caregivers, pharmacists and primary care providers. Current approaches include the use of paper lists, mobile apps, patient portals and electronic health record systems. Improved tools are needed for patients, caregivers and providers to make medication reconciliation easier, more efficient and accurate in ambulatory settings.
- Reporting of patient safety events is almost always made by health care providers. Consequently, a need exists to equip patients and caregivers to partner with providers in the reporting of safety incidents, especially those related to the use of medications. Technologies that aid the reporting of possible medication errors would enhance ambulatory safety monitoring.
- Communication about the proper use of medication remains a challenge. A study at one pediatric clinic found that 1 out of 5 patients were not using medications as instructed at discharge from the hospital. Communication errors are further compounded when patients are not native English speakers. Despite recent advances, opportunities exist for technologies to enhance comprehension by patients about the safe use of prescribed medications.
- The increasing use of complementary and alternative medicines, nutritional supplements and unconventional diet regimens is leading to a higher incidence of complex interactions with prescribed medications. Such interactions can adversely affect absorption and metabolism of medications and generate unsafe and poorly understood side effects.
David C. Classen, MD, MS. Improving Ambulatory Safety: When Will the Time come? Editorial, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2021.
Amanda S. Mixon, MD, MS, MSPH, FHM; Sunil Kripalini, MD, MSc, SFHM. The Challenges of Medication Reconciliation for the Medical Home. Editorial, The Joint commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2019.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Working to Reduce Medication Errors, 2019.
How to submit
Start your submission by clicking on the START button on this page and answering a few questions.
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Terms & Conditions
This Innovation Challenge will be conducted in accordance with HSC core values:
- Serve others first – encourage growth, well-being and success of each other and people we serve
- Integrity – uphold the highest ethical standards
- Respect – treat everyone with dignity and compassion
- Collaboration – work together to achieve shared goals
- Be Visionary – create innovative solutions in the pursuit of excellence
The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth (“HSC”) is sponsoring the Health Science EdTech Innovation Challenge (“Challenge”) to stimulate ideas for innovation in the virtual education experience for postgraduate students at a health science center. Ideas with the most promising potential for innovation will advance to a competition where innovators with the top ideas will be awarded funding, resources and mentors to help them take the Best Next Step with their ideas. For background information, submission deadlines and other Challenge details, see the specific challenge website here.
The Challenge will be managed by the HSC Next team using the online platform at https://www.hscnext.com (“Platform”). The Challenge, and your participation in it, is governed by these Innovation Challenge Terms & Conditions (“Terms”). Participants agree to be bound by these Terms upon submitting a Challenge entry through the Platform. HSC may revise these Terms at any time during the course of the Challenge to provide additional information or to improve the quality of the Challenge. Unanticipated issues that arise may require modifications to these Terms. HSC reserves the right to revise these Terms as it, in its sole discretion, deems necessary. All participants will be notified of revisions in a timely manner.
Please send any questions about this challenge and/or feedback regarding these Terms to email@example.com.
Common Qs about this Challenge...
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How do I get started?
Access the resources tab for Tools and Stories that have been curated to inform and inspire innovation. Click the "Start" button on this page any time to submit your idea.
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