Leapfrog initiatives to drive great leaps in patient safety
Leapfrog purchasers are advancing the three initial methods to improve patient safety:
1. Computer physician order entry (CPOE);
An Rx for Rx. Prescriptions in hospitals should be computerized.
2.Evidence-based hospital referral (EHR).
Practice makes perfect. For certain elective procedures and treatments, patients should be guided to the hospitals and clinical teams that are more likely to produce better outcomes.
3.ICU physician staffing (ICU).
Sick people need special care. Hospital ICU care should be managed by a physician certified (or eligible for certification) in critical care medicine.
These methods are well suited to purchasing standards because:
There is scientific evidence that these standards would significantly reduce avoidable danger.
Their implementation by the health industry is feasible in the near term.
Consumers can readily appreciate their value.
Health plans, purchasers and consumers can easily ascertain their presence or absence in selecting among health care providers.
Our initial selection of these three safety standards does not imply lack of support for the many other important methods of improving or assuring patient safety. We intend to expand this list as we identify other opportunities to improve safety with these four features.
Check out their web site especially fact sheet on these topics available here:http://www.leapfroggroup.org/safety2.htm
The Leapfrog Group has just launched a web-survey to gather information from hospitals nationwide about their practices on three hospital patient safety standards. http://www.leapfroggroup.org/hospital.htm
Kind of concerned that Fortune 500 companies are driving healthcare activites. Don't let them leave nursing out of the equation.