Outperform the Competition: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
Competition to capture the highest incentive payments from the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program is going to be very tight. “Even if you are above the 90th percentile, you could still have a very poor score and leave money on the table,” said Tami Lewis in a recent Modern Healthcare article (McKinney, 2012).
The RTLS Patient Safety Improvement Opportunity
The goals of any healthcare technology should be to improve healthcare quality and patient safety, contain or reduce healthcare costs, mitigate risk exposures, and enhance revenues. Relatively few technologies score high in meeting all of those objectives, but real-time location systems (RTLS) clearly do.
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The Critical Importance of Good Data to Improving Quality
The ability to fairly, accurately, and meaningfully measure—and remeasure—the quality of healthcare is a challenging prerequisite to assessing and improving it.
Simply put, you cannot demonstrably improve what you cannot measure; and to measure, you need good data—data that are fair, accurate, and robust. Good data allow you not only to assess the quality of care, but also to measure the effect of the quality improvement intervention. Continuous quality improvement depends on determining what improves quality and what doesn’t by using good data to continually assess and reassess healthcare quality.
Health IT & Quality
In the design of successful healthcare information technology implementations, patients matter. Although the importance of addressing the workflow needs of clinicians cannot be overstated, focusing on patient needs helps ensure newly designed workflows leverage the full capabilities of information technology tools. In addition, this delivers the clinical and financial outcomes desired by organizations.
The IT/Clinical Engineering Governance Gap
Is your organization ready to support safety-critical systems?
With certain patient safety issues, the “system” is responsible for the root cause of a problem rather than the actions of those participating in the situation resulting in an adverse event. Clinical activities to which “the system” may contribute risk include patient handoffs between clinicians, medication administration, diagnosis of disease, and many others.
Hand Hygiene: Necessary but Not Sufficient
Common sense, at least since Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in 1676 and Louis Pasteur in 1862, has dictated that we should be cautious of germs. Leeuwenhoek is credited with being the first microbiologist and Pasteur with developing germ theory in his work in the same field. Today, everyone in the hospital—where patients are weakened and more susceptible to HAI (hospital-acquired infection)—is admonished to avoid contact with germ-contaminated surfaces.
Partnership Improves OB Safety in New York State
Unique state initiative focuses on team training to standardize and manage EFM.
The safety of mothers and babies is paramount—and there have been significant technological advancements that help to ensure healthier babies and improved fetal outcomes. Although there are many avenues and approaches to obstetrical (OB) safety, in New York State a unique partnership between physicians and other clinicians, hospitals, and the state health department is focused on standardizing the definitions and interpretation of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM).
Taking a DNA “Time Out” to Ensure Accuracy
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. In fact, it accounts for nearly one in three cancers diagnosed in U.S. women (2012).
Shared Learning for True Teamwork
Commitment, not compliance, is the goal. Today’s healthcare organizations seem to be shifting from a command-and-control style to one of increased collaboration among all levels of the hospital. Interdepartmental collaboration, too, has taken center stage as the importance of service lines and managing populations becomes apparent. Today’s healthcare professionals desire and need to be involved in the continuum of the patient experience, which may extend beyond their traditional departmental duties.