Houston, Texas, April 18, 2011—The Cautious Patient Foundation (CPF), the outreach and educational arm of Patient Always First, a nonprofit organization committed to educating and empowering patients in the quest for quality health care, announced a new grants program to support initiatives that successfully move patients toward greater engagement in their personal or family healthcare process.
Team Training in Obstetrics: Improving Care by Learning to Work Together
Communication gaps and breakdowns are a significant cause of medical errors within the healthcare system. According to data collected by the Joint Commission (2005), communication gaps are the primary root cause of two thirds of sentinel events.
Health & IT Quality
Seeing Is Not Believing
Consider this scenario: An adventure traveler begins his trek to a remote village in the Andes. Upon arriving at the airport, he rents a car and begins his journey on winding roads to the village. After 90 minutes of driving, he encounters an intersection with a traffic light. Upon seeing the bottom of the light glowing brightly, he continues through the intersection.
Interoperability and Actionable Intelligence: Future Requirements, Current Possibilities
Government requirements for “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) have focused national attention on the need to integrate and computerize a patient’s medical records to improve performance and support patient care processes.
Detroit, February 11, 2011—Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and 22 trauma centers throughout the state, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons, are launching an initiative aimed at improving quality and safety of care provided in Michigan’s trauma centers.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) in 2007, the Heart Center of North Texas explored, but decided against, participating in the program. The effort of collecting and reporting quality measures was so complex and onerous that it was not worth the time or effort involved.
Fairfax, Virginia, January 26, 2011—The American Society for Radiation Oncology is continuing its commitment to Target Safely, a six-point patient protection plan developed in January 2010, to improve the safety and quality of radiation therapy treatments and reduce the chances of medical errors.