The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum announced the three winners of the 2014 John M. Eisenberg award for patient safety and quality. Among them is Mark Graber, MD, FACS, a physician who champions the cause of discovering, measuring, and combating diagnostic errors. Hospital Peer Review interviewed Graber last month on the topic. After his win he told HPR that this recognition was gratifying, and he hoped it signaled increased attention to the subject.
Graber, a senior fellow for Healthcare Quality and Outcomes Programs at RTI International, founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and oversees the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference.
Another winner was the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), which has been around for decades — first as a program in the Veterans Administration, then morphing into a private consortium with data from about 600 hospitals.
Lastly, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System was awarded the honor for its work on reducing sepsis mortality. Next month, HPR will talk to the people in the system who have helmed the efforts which reduced mortality by more than half.