AHA Committee on Performance Improvement

Committee on Performance Improvement Charge

The Committee on Performance Improvement of the American Hospital Association will provide guidance to AHA’s strategy to support performance improvement across the membership, including further development of its strategic platform, Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE); and to support improved quality as defined by the six IOM aims (safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timeliness, and patient-centered).

Institute of Medicine

  1. Safe— Avoid injuries to patients from the care that is intended to help them. Safety must be at the forefront of patient care.
  2. Effective— Match care to science; avoid overuse of ineffective care and underuse of effective care.
  3. Patient-Centered— Honor the individual and respect choice. Each patient’s culture, social context and specific needs deserve respect, and the patient should play an active role in making decisions about her own care.
  4. Timely— Reduce waiting for both patients and those who give care. Prompt attention benefits both the patient and the caregiver.
  5. Efficient— Reduce waste. The health care system should constantly seek to reduce the waste and the cost of supplies, equipment, space, capital, ideas, time and opportunities.
  6. Equitable— Close racial and ethnic gaps in health status. Race, ethnicity, gender and income should not prevent anyone from receiving high-quality care.

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