Chosen by the federal government as one of 15 pilots throughout the country, EMHS received funding to assist in the development of measurable improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency.
In January 2012, representatives from each EMHS practice and IT staff were meeting weekly to address large-scale, burgeoning change.
Starting last July, every adult admitted to an EMHS hospital is expected to have a VTE risk assessment documented within 24 hours of admission.
The zero-defect concept is actually part of a much broader vision that EMHS President and CEO Michelle Hood laid out when she arrived in Maine in 2006: to be the best rural health system in the country by 2012.
While EMHS has set systemwide goals, individual hospitals have flexibility to home in on a specific area.
Iyad Sabbagh, senior medical director at EMHS Beacon Health.
Critical to the program s success are registered nurses, employed by EMHS Beacon Health and embedded in the primary care practices, who will serve as clinical care coordinators and help patients with chronic conditions or other health challenges navigate the health care system.