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The Map to Improved Care
is a Complex One
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
The IHI is following its 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives Campaigns with an even broader initiative that focuses on honing an essential set of processes for quality improvement and helping hospital and health system leaders sift through the countless regulations, measurements, and demands that hinder care quality. Ambitious? Yes. Realistic? Well, I'm trying to keep an open mind. [Read More]
Dec. 18, 2008
Editor's Picks

Deaths raise questions in Indian hospital
Interesting piece here from the global quality arena about the debate over whether patient care quality was slighted in favor of clinical trials at a government hospital in India. The father of a pediatric patient at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences questioned the hospital after hearing other parents complain that their children were not admitted because the hospital's beds were filled with patients in clinical trials—specifically, he asked how many trials the hospital has conducted involving how many children and resulting in how many deaths. Forty-nine children have died, although the hospital says those deaths were due to underlying illnesses. It's a complex story and a nice read. [Read More]

U.S. emergency rooms find ways to fix what ails them
Some of this story is old news to those of you who deal with emergency department challenges on a daily basis, but the piece does offer some easy-to-digest bullet points on what various hospitals are doing to improve efficiency while keeping patient safety in mind. [Read More]

Happy Holidays!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy and safe holiday. HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders will not publish next week, but will be back on January 2, 2009.
This Week's Headlines
Report finds fault with U.S. health services for teens
HealthDay/Washington Post - December 10, 2008

Simulators can teach old docs new tricks
Washington Post - December 16, 2008

UCSF's cooling method a first for at-risk babies
San Francisco Chronicle - December 16, 2008
Webcasts/Audio Conferences

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A Necessity, Not an Option: Rethinking ED Systems
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