Blog: Transparency: A Critical Component in Advancing Health Care Improvement

03/13/18
Depending on context, the word transparency has different meanings. Outside the scope of medicine, it conveys a sense of invisibility. In health care – which is built on the scientific method requiring evidence for decision-making – it bespeaks the ability to see into areas that were previously obscured. More

Blog: Human Trafficking: How Hospitals Can Identify Victims

03/13/18
It’s not often that a blog broaches the difficult topic of human trafficking. But in my view, the subject is too important not to address since the first step to any change is awareness. More

Managing the Nation’s Pain: NQF Issues Essential Guidance on Opioid Stewardship

03/13/18
On March 8, the National Quality Forum (NQF) released the National Quality Partners Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship, which supports health care organizations and clinicians across care settings and specialties of care in safely managing patients’ pain. More

Déjà Vu in Health Care: Preventing Patient Falls

03/13/18
To work in health care is to be involved in patient fall prevention. It’s an ongoing plan of process improvement. To this end, health care organizations launch task forces, allocate resources, implement new leading practices and establish metrics to measure performance. More

Telemedicine Gets to the Heart of Patient Needs

03/13/18
Remember the cartoon The Jetsons?  In one episode, George Jetson’s son Elroy is sick and talks to the doctor through the TV. Today, patients are catching up to the Jetsons when it comes to care via telemedicine. More

Patient Safety Huddles and Safe Tables Promote Communications

03/13/18
Peer-to-peer problem-solving is a proven method of issue resolution. And it’s why the Vizient Patient Safety Organization (PSO) added bi-monthly huddles to its regularly scheduled safe table discussions for members. More