Michigan Hospitals’ Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Gains Quantified in New Report

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association recently released the MHA Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report: Hospitals Putting Patients First. The report details how the voluntary efforts of Michigan hospitals are preventing infections, saving lives, saving millions of health care dollars, empowering consumers and more.

Currently, the quality and accountability activities coordinated by the association include the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, an entity dedicated to the implementation of evidence-based best practices; the MHA Patient Safety Organization, a patient safety data collection and analysis organization; and MI Hospital Inform, a publicly available, comprehensive price and quality information website. Together, these entities place Michigan hospitals and health systems at the forefront of health care reform readiness by developing integrated, value-driven, cost-effective care that is delivered to every patient, every time.

Currently, every Michigan hospital is formally participating in one or more MHA activities designed to provide patients with an informed and quality health care experience. In addition, the voluntary, collaborative and successful efforts of Michigan hospitals and health systems are being exported to other states, allowing hospitals across the nation to bring safer, higher-quality care to all patients.

The report is available at www.mha.org by clicking on “Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report.”

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