accountability

36 hours. Unlimited possibilities to transform health care.

Posted by  | Designing Safer Systems, Organizational and Cultural Change

Imagine this. You are locked in Turner Concourse for 36 hours with relative strangers, tasked with creating a project that will revolutionize health care. Now what? If you are one of this year’s MedHacks participants, you are out of the gate running, ready to innovate and transform health care. MedHacks, run by Johns Hopkins University(...)

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Radiology’s Quality Improvement Committee: A Formula for Success

Radiology’s Quality Improvement Committee: A Formula for Success

Posted by  | Designing Safer Systems, Organizational and Cultural Change

"That’s how it’s always been done" is a phrase you will not hear uttered in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at The Johns Hopkins Hospital or at Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging. Organizations often cite historical precedent for why “option A” is being implemented instead of trying “option B.” The radiology department has seen(...)

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Hospital-acquired infections: How do we reach zero?

Posted by  | Organizational and Cultural Change, Preventing Patient Harm

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued two reports that are simultaneously scary and encouraging. First, the scary news: A national survey conducted in 2011 found that one in every 25 U.S. hospital patients experienced a healthcare-associated infection. That’s 648,000 patients with a combined 722,000 infections. About 75,000 of those patients(...)

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Company churns out burritos, French toast — and inspiration for health care

Posted by  | Patient-Centered Care, Preventing Patient Harm

This year I am participating in an executive fellowship that is designed to expose leaders in various industries to the Baldrige Framework, a model for organizational excellence. As part of the program, the fellows visit companies that received the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Recently, we toured(...)

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Health care needs greater accountability, not excuses

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality, Organizational and Cultural Change

I recently spoke to an executive in the energy industry who had a joint replacement at a hospital in New York. His wound developed an infection, which required four additional hospital admissions and several operations. He asked me about hand hygiene in hospitals. Proudly, I told him that, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are at 80(...)

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