Patient Safety & Clinical Risk Management

 

Building on the success of the program’s multiyear obstetric safety initiative, HIC hospitals continue to lead the way in improving quality of care for obstetric patients. The latest initiative, led by the OB Nursing Best Practices Committee, encourages nurses to take action on behalf of their patients.

For a significant number of patients, their most frequent interaction with clinicians occurs in the emergency room. In many communities, emergency departments serve as a critical health care safety net—making the quality of care in the ER a high priority for health care policy makers and hospital administrators.

Looking to improve outcomes for their highest risk patients, three of New York's leading hospital systems have joined together to launch an ambitious surgical safety initiative. Supported by Hospitals Insurance Company (HIC), physicians from Maimonides Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Health System are working together on a multi-pronged initiative to improve surgical outcomes.

HIC Program Improves OB Safety

A new report from Hospitals Insurance Company (HIC) shows a 42 percent drop in the number of complications during labor and delivery among member institutions. The findings were remarkable, given that close to 15 percent of all deliveries in New York State occur in HIC member hospitals. 

Welcome to the last article in our series on medication nonadherence. We’ve examined the scope of the problem; looked at several ways physicians and health care providers can reduce the incidence of nonadherence; and addressed the key role played by the pharmacological community. If you’ve been following along the entire time, thank you! However, you might understandably be wondering, do these interventions actually work? Studies have shown that certain medication adherence interventions do work.

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