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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital: Translating Innovation into Practice

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Background: NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital, a 2,242-bed not-for-profit academic medical center, was formed by a merger of The New York Hospital and The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York. It is also the flagship for the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, with 37 acute care facilities and 18 others.

Overall Approach to Quality and Safety: The hospital embeds safety in the culture through strategic initiatives and enhances service and efficiency using Six Sigma and other techniques to drive adoption of improvements. Goals are selected in alignment with the annual strategic initiatives, which are chosen on the basis of satisfaction surveys, patient and family complaints, community advisory groups, and performance measures, among other sources.

Use of Information to Set and Evaluate Quality Goals and Prioritize Initiatives: A new business intelligence system enables online, dynamic analysis of performance results, replacing static paper reports. Advanced features in the clinical information systems include computerized physician order entry; interactive clinical alerts for decision support; a real-time infection control tracking system; and a clinical data warehouse supporting data mining and analysis for quality improvement, decision making, and education.

Approach to Addressing the Six IOM Quality Aims: To achieve clinical, service, and operational excellence, NYP focuses on all Institute of Medicine quality aims.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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  • Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

    David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission, is the inaugural editor-in-chief of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

    Also known as Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement and Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
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