The Joint Commission is applauding the public release of information on hospital clinical performance by the Hospital Quality Alliance. The measures used to produce this information meet the highest contemporary standards for reliability and validity.
A new patient safety center founded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will include an emphasis on infection control. Not surprisingly, improving hand hygiene was the most frequently cited problem area cited by ICPs in a poll posted shortly after the web site debuted.
The Joint Commission has launched a new web-based patient safety initiative that continues its strong emphasis on infection control. JCAHOs International Center for Patient Safety web site (www.jcipatientsafety.org) is designed to serve as a central repository of resources and information related to all aspects of patient safety. Also, its aimed at both patients and health care workers.
The Joint Commissions new approach to surveys promises benefits and improvements over the traditional methods, but dont let your guard down just yet. Those who have tried out the new process caution that you could see worse scores under the new system, and you need to start working right now to get ready for the change in 2004.
A primary goal of the Shared Visions New Pathways survey process is to make the system meaningful instead of concentrating on rote recitations of standards or paperwork that seems to indicate compliance but may not.