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February 1, 2017

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  • Time to Use Big Data for Quality Improvement

    Quality professionals have been told for years, regularly and with great enthusiasm, that they should use “big data” to radically improve quality and outcomes, but many found that doing so was a challenge and didn’t live up to expectations.
  • Hospitals Can Now Factor Socioeconomic Status into Readmissions

    Hospitals have long complained that assessments of their readmission rates do not take into account the socioeconomic factors that can influence them, resulting in facilities serving the neediest patients taking a financial hit when they don’t meet national standards. That is about to change with the introduction of a law that allows hospitals to factor in that information when determining readmission rates.

  • Hopkins Command Center Improves Quality with Coordination

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is improving quality and patient safety with a state-of-the-art, advanced control center that coordinates care throughout the facility, bringing together many department representatives who can work efficiently with real-time data.

  • Major Culture Shift Improves Quality and Safety

    Quality improvement leaders at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, ID, faced a problem familiar to their counterparts at hospitals across the country: They would identify opportunities for improvement and find evidence-based solutions, but the effort would fall flat because there was no buy-in from others.