Patient safety events, especially preventable ones, are on the rise at healthcare organizations.
Meanwhile, frontline staff are burned out, and the current fiscal environment is exerting pressure on margins. Amid these interrelated challenges, it is difficult for health system leaders to manage competing priorities. Though many hospitals and health systems try to reduce expenses by cutting supply costs, the greatest opportunity for transformation is quality improvement.
Two Vizient experts — Angela Hunt, RN, senior principal, and Rick May, MD, senior principal — outline how a total quality program can increase revenue and reduce costs, while also enhancing the provider and patient experience.
Read the Vizient white paper "Quality transformation: How hospitals are striking a balance between the bottom line and better care" to learn more about what Hunt and May say are the three critical elements for quality improvement initiatives — prioritization, analytics, and an infrastructure based on systems and collaboration.
"Organizations need participation from clinicians, front-line nurses, clinical documentation improvement, coding and more," Hunt said. "To achieve quality improvement goals, everyone must understand their role and work collaboratively."
As a provider-driven healthcare performance improvement company with more than 40 years of innovation and growth, Vizient is uniquely positioned to help healthcare organizations improve the quality of their care. Vizient serves more than 60% of acute care hospitals in the U.S.
"Our job is to offer our providers as much support as they need, whether supplying information about quality best practices or engaging in a quality transformation consulting project," Dr. May said. "For decades, we have worked with hospitals of all sizes, from major academic medical centers to the smallest rural hospitals. When driving quality improvement, we understand the fastest path between where an organization is today and where it wants to be."
For more information, contact Rick May, senior principal