WVMIWest Virginia Medical Institute, Inc.
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"I am honored to be selected and excited to begin working with WVMI's team in a new way," Dr.
DoctorQuality's national aggregate database is already yielding insights for WVMI into the origins of a number of errors.
WVMI became interested in the vendor's Risk Prevention and Management (RPM) product in early 2001, and leadership especially appreciated the attention to the near miss: the event that has not yet caused harm but could.
WVMI thought that reporting with an Internet tool was a smart thing to do from a real-time and data management perspective.
One of the most important benefits WVMI sees is that real-time data-tracking can make everyone in the healthcare institution aware of the fact that their processes may not match their knowledge about best practices.
WVMI has encountered certain obstacles to getting the DoctorQuality program up and running, because it is a difficult proposition to change a culture from one that fears punitive action to one that pursues patient safety, even in the face of risk.
WVMI feels that its standing as a third-party, quality proponent gives it good influence in protecting hospitals that commit to patient safety.
WVMI has needed to wait in some cases, and continues to wait in others, for the required critical mass of computer hardware to be reached in participating healthcare facilities.
WVMI is encouraging participating hospitals to use promotion and reward mechanisms to drive the system's inclusion in the overall culture.
If you are interested in becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home, please contact Patty Ruddick at WVMI for more information (pruddick@wvmi.org).
The WVRHITEC and WVMI provide channels for physician input and expertise to advance HIT in practice.