MPS has identified the top ten risks in general practice, based on data collected from more than 120 general practices in the UK and Ireland as part of MPS Clinical Risk Self Assessments.
As technology is transforming the lives of many GPs and patients, from text appointment reminders to patients, to self check-in at practices, it is also becoming a risk area.
Julie Price, clinical risk programme manager at MPS, says: “In reviewing the top risks for 2012, issues around communication, confidentiality and prescribing were still the most pressing, but we also noticed a growing theme where technology was contributing to the risks in these areas.
“It’s great to see that practices and patients are embracing technology as a way of gaining greater convenience and flexibility, however in the hurry to become digitally-savvy, it is important that they manage the associated risks.”
MPS recently conducted its 1000th CRSA at Dr Fletcher & Partners GP Practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK (pictured). Click here for further information.