The Quality Quarterly

Overview

The Quality Quarterly

HQI produces a quarterly newsletter intended to support health care quality and patient safety professionals’ work by providing information on clinical developments, opportunities to learn from your peers, and new technologies to help you work more effectively. The newsletter is distributed in March, June, September, and December. To subscribe, please email info@hqinstitute.org

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HQI Is Hiring: Data Scientist

Hospital Quality Institute is committed to providing timely, accurate information and data displays for hospitals to continually improve care. The Data Scientist will collaborate to design, construct, and maintain systems of sentinel signal detection, data acquisition, analytics, and timely feedback to support hospital safety and quality improvement activities to improve care.

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Lessons Learned: Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Virtual Care Throughout the Pandemic

It has been an unprecedented and taxing two years for front-line workers and patients alike.  Nearly one of three patients delayed in-person health care visits in 2020 due to access issues and/or fear of exposure to COVID-19. According to a national poll, 57% of Americans experienced negative health repercussions, including and up to premature death.

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Hospital Quality Improvement Platform Updates

Use of HQI’s Hospital Quality Improvement Platform (HQIP) — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform — continues to increase as more hospitals complete their contract reviews.  

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Updated Quality Transparency Dashboards Now Available

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the CHA, creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.  

The five outcome measures are:   

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Preview of the Third Sentinel Signal Detection Report

Sentinel signal detection systems automatically detect abnormal changes (i.e., signals) in the incidence of diagnosis codes from hospital discharge records in the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform (HQIP), as well as term frequencies from the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) safety reports.  

The top alerts for HQIP (December 2020-June 2021) and CHPSO (January-May 2021) are: 

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ICYMI: Second Sentinel Signal Detection System Report Available

In case you missed it, last month HQI released its second report of findings from the sentinel signal detection system.  

This system automatically detects abnormal changes (i.e., signals) in the incidence of diagnosis codes from hospital discharge records in the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform, as well as term frequencies from the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization safety reports.   

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Latest Quality Transparency Dashboards Released in June

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the California Hospital Association (CHA), creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.  

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Hospital Quality Improvement Platform Updates

Use of HQI’s Hospital Quality Improvement Platform — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform — continues to increase as more hospitals complete their contract reviews. The platform is free to all California Hospital Association members.  

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HQI Cares: Implementing BETA HEART Now Open for Enrollment

It’s official!  HQI and BETA Healthcare Group have come together to offer California hospitals an unprecedented opportunity to advance patient safety. We have launched HQI Cares: Implementing BETA HEART®, a comprehensive, multi-year program designed to lead hospitals toward developing a reliable, sustainable culture of patient safety and consistent, empathetic and transparent responses to adverse events.  While this cutting-edge program has already proven successful in BETA-member hospitals, our partnership with BETA now allows HQI to make the program available to the greater hospital community. 

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Look for CHPSO 2020 Annual Report in Mid-October

Every year, the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) provides members with an annual report highlighting patient safety-related activities, analytics, and a review of membership and database status.