September 21, 2012

Rapid Progress Possible 

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

We know that evidence-based care processes linked to positive patient outcomes are perhaps the most powerful tools hospitals have to improve quality, safety and transparency.  Now we know that hospitals are mastering the art of applying those care processes consistently.  The latest affirmation comes from The Joint Commission's annual report.  While the number of Joint Commission measures has grown significantly over the years, hospitals have improved on every measure tracked two years or more.  In fact, for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care safety, hospitals are consistently delivering every critical aspect of care measured more than 96% of the time. Incorporating best practices sounds simple; in reality, it requires a huge commitment from every member of the hospital team.  Congratulations to all who are showing that hospitals are willing and able to put good information to work to benefit patients and communities.


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