Wang Y, Coiera E, Runciman WB, Magrabi F. Using multiclass classification to automate the identification of patient safety incident reports by type and severity. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2017; (Accepted 7 June 2017).

Background Approximately 10% of admissions to acute-care hospitals are associated with an adverse event. Analysis of incident reports helps to understand how and why incidents occur and can inform policy and practice for safer care. Unfortunately our capacity to monitor and respond to incident reports in a timely manner is limited by the sheer volumes