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A Subject You Can't Ignore
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
If you've been in healthcare for any length of time, you've no doubt heard the name Ernest Amory Codman. Namesake of The Joint Commission's annual award for performance measurement, the Harvard-trained surgeon may have been the industry's first quality guru. Frustrated by the lack of attention his fellow surgeons paid to patients after they left the hospital, Codman strongly believed that it was up to physicians to ensure that the work they did for patients was not only high quality, but continued to serve them in the months and years that followed. [Read More]
January 10, 2008
Editor's Picks

Hospitals' action stops spread of infection
A recently concluded pilot program at nine California hospitals allowed the facilities to prevent an estimated 600 healthcare-associated infections. The pilot project used data mining technology to quickly flag infections and allow medical personnel to provide immediate treatment. [Read More]

A lifesaving checklist
Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, argues that an experimental program recently shut down by the Office for Human Research Protections is necessary to bring excellence back to healthcare. [Read More]

German search engines aim to increase transparency
Two German health insurance companies have launched hospital search engines in an effort to make it easier for consumers to find information about their hospitals. The companies hope the search engine will make transparency easier for the general public, who until now has had to comb through complicated reports to find the data they desire. [Read More]

Quality and efficiency
How to measure quality has been debated for years, but the New England Journal of Medicine reports there is a new debate between insurers and physicians: the measurement of efficiency. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines

Fewer North Carolina patients pick up hospital infections
Raleigh News & Observer - January 7, 2008

Illinois hospital safety reports past due
Chicago Tribune - January 7, 2008

Nurse's product battles germs
The Cincinnati Enquirer - January 3, 2008

Jolt delayed in third of cardiac arrests
AP/Yahoo News - January 3, 2008

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