In just one year, 81-year-old Dorothy was hospitalized 13 times for problems related to congestive heart failure (CHF). After participating in a telehealth program for 34 months, Dorothy’s health status improved significantly, and she had no CHF-related hospitalizations.
For more than two decades, clinicians struggled to use evidence-based guidelines. Ever since Wennberg’s work back in the 1970s demonstrating the huge practice variation seen even in relatively small geographic areas,…
Faced with serious cost and quality issues, healthcare providers have increasingly looked at methods like Six Sigma to take their improvement efforts to a higher level.
Blame and punishment, missed hand-offs, complex regulations, and empowerment struggles are key issues that hamper the healthcare system’s ability to provide high-quality patient-centered care.
Most Americans believe that good quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Increasingly, American consumers are demanding the information about quality that is necessary to ensure that they receive high-quality care.
Patient safety officers have a terrific opportunity to improve patient safety by helping their hospitals develop new and improved relationships with product, service, and technology suppliers.
The Institute of Medicine’s report on medical errors, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System (IOM 2000), sent a tremor through the healthcare industry as it reported that in the United States as many as 98,000 people die each year from medical errors.
Happy New Year, everybody! 2005 sure has started off with a bang. President Bush has been inaugurated for a second term, we have a new secretary of Health and Human Services, and the new 109th Congress has been seated with at least 46 new members.
As we planned the first issues of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare, we envisioned a periodical with a broad reach, reflecting the diversity of activities and interests in the field.
Computerized physician order entry: Check. Bar coding technology: Check. Electronic prescribing: Check. Web-based error reporting system: Check. Enhanced policies on disclosure: Check.