Recently, in discussing the importance of the iForm EHS auditing and form building software, Patricia Olinger (she is the director of the Environmental, Health, and Safety Office (
From The Independent Review:
“Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference.”
Olinger certainly understands these ideas, as the Griffin Foundation has succeeded in prevention of unnecessary disease and infection in hospitals and research and healthcare facilities around the world.
In the book, it is mentioned that the World Health Organization designed a simple surgical checklist by following the ideas described therin, and it has been adopted in more than twenty countries. It is now a general guideline for medical care, and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years”
And the praise goes on, as Publisher’s Weekly raves:
That humblest of quality-control devices, the checklist, is the key to taming a high-tech economy, argues this stimulating manifesto. Harvard Medical School prof and New Yorker scribe Gawande (Complications) notes that the high-pressure complexities of modern professional occupations overwhelm even their best-trained practitioners; he argues that a disciplined adherence to essential procedures—by ticking them off a list—can prevent potentially fatal mistakes and corner cutting.
Of course, we all know the to-do list is sometimes the bane of our existence; it seems to get in the way of creativity and productivity.
But its value is obvious when studying how a simple checklist used by a jet pilot reduced crashes of an experimental plane to zero, or just have surgeons remember to introduce themselves in the operating room reduced complications by 35%. Those are real lives, and countless millions of dollars saved.
At iForm, we used to say quite proudly: “We kill clipboards.” Our reference was to the fact that folks would be slaves to lumbering around a flat wooden board, with flimsy, flammable, and delicate paper attached– but our main focus has always been the data we help you collect. The knowledge you gather. the lives you save.
iForm does a good, no, a great job of assisting in data collection apps for healthcare– from gathering images, ausio, complex information and GPS locations– but, really, as a standard form, we excel at letting you keep track of what is important.
And the Checklist Manifest helps remind all of us that what is important, is people.
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