The utilization of statistics has continued to improve overtime. Statistics are majorly important to health care providers who strive to provide efficient and good quality services. Their performance and success rates are often analyzed, which allows them to create standards of service based on excellence and quality improvement. Statistics are also used for patient safety outcomes. Up to 98,000 patients die annually in hospitals related to medical errors (Center for Patient Safety, 2019). This includes medication errors, hospital inquired infections, and adverse events. With this
APPLICATION OF STATISTICS IN HEALTH CARE 3 information, health care leaders are constantly researching new ways to avoid these errors and investing into ways to reduce patient safety incidents which can also assist in significant financial savings. In the United States alone, focused safety improvement led to an estimated $28 billion savings in medical costs (WHO, 2018). Data is collected in all aspects of health care to analyze the best possible outcomes. Statistics related to health promotion are continuously being researched by the Center of Disease Control, who gathers data and information to stay up to date on all health promotion topics on their website including immunizations, heart disease and stroke, smoking, nutrition, and many other important health topics that can be found on the CDC website. As a case manager, working with the elderly population there are many ways that statistics are utilized. The job was created with the expansion of community-based care options and the need for some form of extended care options.
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