Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine brought public attention to the issue of medical errors and adverse events, patient safety concerns remain a serious public health issue that must be tackled with a more pervasive response. With a grant from AIG, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) convened an expert panel in February 2015 to assess the state of the patient safety field and set the stage for the next 15 years of work.
HIMSS promotes and advocates the integration of patient safety tools and practices for all healthcare organizations, clinicians, patients and community members. The benefits of these practices are improved healthcare quality, communication, education, and services. Good patient safety practices and strategies can also help make organizations and processes more accessible, efficient and cost-effective.
You can learn more about patient safety and quality outcomes on himss.org by viewing related committees, task forces and work groups, or learning about how leveraging health information technology is impacting the industry through clinical decision support and medical devices.
HIMSS submits policy recommendations for quality measure development, implementation timelines, certification and reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The 2016 HIMSS eCQM Letter highlights the steps that policymakers should take to:
- ensure that eCQM reporting accurately reflects the quality of care delivered.
- minimize the implementation and data collection burden on providers and health IT developers by using information already collected for care and reducing the introduction of new workflows.
- eCQMs and their associated data must be relevant, useful and able to be used by providers and healthcare organizations to enhance care delivery and ultimately improve patient care outcomes.
HIMSS Davies Award Winning Case Studies-Improved Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes in Acute Care Settings
- Data Warehousing and Leveraging Quality Data to Improve Care Delivery- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
- Leveraging Standardized Care to Reduce Acinebactor Infections- The MetroHealth System
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to Monitor Potential Overuse- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
- Evidence-Based Best Practice Alerts and VTE & CAUTI Prevention- Centura Health
- Infection Control in a Behavioral Health Setting- Ontario Centre for Mental Health Sciences
- Clinical Decision Support and Pressure Ulcer Prevention-Truman Medical Center
- RFID and Bar Code Administration to Reduce Medication Errors- St. Clair Hospital
- Reducing Hospital Admissions and ED Visits through Accountable Care- University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
- Reducing Sepsis Mortality with Standardized Care through Clinical Decision Support- Lakeland Health
- Improving On Time Delivery and Reducing Medication Errors in a Pediatric Setting- Children's Medical Center of Dallas
- Modified Early Warning to Prevent Inpatient Cardiac Events- Texas Health Resources
- Analytics and Action: Preventing High Risk Re-Admissions - Mount Sinai Medical Center
HIMSS Davies Award Winning Case Studies-Improved Chronic Disease Management Outcomes in Ambulatory Care Settings
- Risk-stratified Care Management Planned Care for Chronic Conditions and Preventive Care in a Coordinated Medical Neighborhood- Mercy Family Medicine
- Clinical Decision Support and Pneumonia Vaccinations: Reducing Hospitalizations- Fremont Family Care
- Diabetes Management using CDS, Patient Engagement, and Data-Driven Change Management- White River Family Practice
- Leveraging EHR to become a Successful Patient Centered Medical Home- Community Health Centers of Florida
- Ensuring Continuity of Care through Health IT- The Wright Center for Primary Care
- Population Management: Improving Prenatal Care for the Underserved- HealthNet of Indianapolis
- Transparent Performance Data and Population Management- Straub Clinic Hawaii Pacific Health
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