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Working together, we can find ways for continuous improvement on patient safety initiatives like this

Chicago and London, May 23, 2012: At the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress beginning today in Washington DC, two leaders in their respective healthcare areas have joined forces to improve patient safety.

UHC, an alliance of 116 academic medical centers with 264 affiliated hospitals in the US and Datix, a U.K.-based provider of patient safety technology solutions, today announced a strategic collaboration to deliver new patient safety software and improve quality in US hospitals.

The collaboration of UHC and Datix will provide UHC members with access to additional patient safety information that can help improve overall hospital quality. The partnership will build on Datix’s advanced software development expertise and extensive tool suite and UHC’s current Patient Safety Net® program, including deep patient safety knowledge, use of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) common formats, and Patient Safety Organization (PSO) services.

“In response to a request from our members for a broader suite of patient safety tools, we undertook a comprehensive search for a technology partner that could provide the right solutions that our members are looking for,” said Irene M. Thompson, UHC's President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our vision is to help members attain leadership in healthcare by gaining excellence in quality, safety and cost effectiveness. Working together, we can find ways for continuous improvement on patient safety initiatives like this.”

One of the key areas of the partnership is the expansion of UHC’s Patient Safety Net® -- one of the largest repositories of patient safety event data, and a unique analytical and benchmarking tool -- to include information about claims and complaints.

“We selected Datix because it is the global leader in safety and risk management solutions with a proven, long-standing commitment to advancing patient safety,” said Thompson.

Datix software is used by many of the largest public and private healthcare providers internationally, including the US Department of Defense’s Military Health System. Datix opened its first U.S. office in March 2012 in Chicago, near UHC’s headquarters.

“This collaboration agreement with UHC gives us an opportunity to enhance patient safety across three continents,” said Jonathan Hazan, Chief Executive at Datix. “The values and goals of our two organizations with respect to patient safety and quality are fully aligned, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership that brings meaningful improvement to the top hospitals across the US.”

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading non-profit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 116 academic medical center and 264 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy.

UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC’s membership includes a majority of the nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States.

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About Datix

Datix has been a pioneer in the field of patient safety since 1986 and is today the leading supplier of software for patient safety, risk management, incident and adverse event reporting. Datix aims to help healthcare organisations build a culture and practice that drives excellence in patient safety. It recruits and retains people committed to the healthcare sector and continually invests in its software and services to ensure that it integrates best practice and learning.

Datix is focused on the health and social care sector. Its customers include public and private hospitals, primary care providers, GP surgeries, mental health and ambulance service providers. Its clients also include organisations delivering care home and domiciliary care services. Within the UK this includes more than 70% of the National Health Service. Internationally the Datix client base is growing rapidly and includes large scale deployments in Canada and the USA as well as clients in Europe and Australia.

Datix is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

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