Search Tag: quality improvement

IT Management

New IT Resource for Safety-net Primary Care

2015 01 Aug

Primary Care Information Network ( is a new online resource intended to help improve practices of safety net primary care providers. The website features a library of tools and resources — all of which are free to download — that can help providers tackle issues such as scheduling workflows, care coordination and management, and... Read more

Executive Health Management

ACS NSQIP Data 'More Accurate' than Administrative Data

2015 30 Jul

Data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP ® ) are more accurate than administrative data for driving surgical quality improvement in hospitals, according to two new studies presented at the 2015 ACS NSQIP National Conference in Chicago. The first study, conducted by Inova Health System in Virginia,... Read more

IMAGING Management

Low-tech Tool Benefits Radiologists

2015 14 Jun

In an era of sophisticated business analytics and elaborate social media campaigns, one low-tech tool remains useful: a survey of key stakeholders. For the Department of Radiology at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center, use of this low-tech tool has made a lot of difference in terms of service quality improvements and greater collaboration... Read more

Executive Health Management

Shadowing Improves Patient Care Experience

2015 29 Apr

Understanding every moment of the patient and family experience in their journeys through a healthcare system — from parking in the hospital garage to being treated in the ICU — is key to achieving patient-centred care. This is the philosophy behind a novel quality improvement programme implemented at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).... Read more

IT Management

Natural Language Processing Accurately Tracks Clinical Quality

2015 14 Apr

Hospital systems interested in mining text documents for medical knowledge that can improve the quality of care should consider using natural language processing (NLP). The text analysis technique allows computers to derive meaning from medical records, which can then be interpreted by clinicians and quality control experts. That makes it possible... Read more

ICU Management

ISICEM15: Quality in the ICU has Many Facets

2015 19 Mar

Quality in the ICU in its many facets was the focus of a session at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels this week. Early mobilisation is the norm in the ICU nowadays, but if you do not have enough physiotherapists, then which staff can assist? Jean-Michel Constantin (Clermont-Ferrand, France) spoke about... Read more

Executive Health Management

Surgical Site Infection Tops List of Reasons for Unplanned Readmissions

2015 08 Feb

Hospital readmissions present a major challenge for administrators working to reduce costs and improve care quality metrics. It is not only chronic medical conditions which can be problematic for hospitals wishing to avoid financial penalties for readmissions: many patients are readmitted with complications following surgical procedures. According... Read more

IMAGING Management

Quality Initiatives Involving Nonphysician Providers in Radiology

2015 02 Feb

Quality is a multifaceted endeavour, which is very important and complex in medical imaging. Engaging many different individuals in the radiology department is necessary to improve quality and service for patients. A recent study published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal aimed to assess three new quality initiatives in radiology... Read more

ICU Management

Early Physical Therapy Improves ICU Patient Outcomes

2015 13 Jan

According to a Johns Hopkins Medicine-led study, quality improvement processes for delivering early physical rehabilitation in an intensive care unit (ICU) that were sustained during a five-year period resulted in improved patient outcomes. These processes spurred major changes in clinical practices for treating critically ill patients by encouraging... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospice Positively Impacts Medicare Hospitalisations and Spending

2014 11 Nov

A study published in the 12 November issue of JAMA reports that hospice care for Medicare patients who are terminally ill with cancer is associated with fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, lower rates of hospitalisation and invasive procedures, and significant reductions in medical expenditures during a patient’s final year of life.... Read more