BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a model for its commitment to change and innovation to improve upon the quality of care it provide patients, according to a national study sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund.
All hospitals across the country are trying to improve patient care and safety, but only a small portion have identified the ingredients it takes to achieve good clinical outcomes at a reasonable cost, the study concludes. It named BIDMC along with hospitals in California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as "top-performers" from whom other hospitals could learn.
"Leading hospitals are going beyond the important first step of benchmarking their quality performance and are drilling well below the surface to identify root causes of quality deficiencies and exercising high-level leadership to change physician practice patterns," says Jack Mayer, lead researcher and president for the Economic and Social Research Institute, which conducted the study for the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy
BIDMC, which is ranked 11th among nearly 2,700 hospitals nationally in an analysis of quality and efficiency prepared for ESRI, was recognized for combining a commitment to change, coupled with knowledge and skills of a talented core of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other staff to use evidence-based standards to examine problem areas and devise workable plans to improve quality. That human talent, the study says, is augmented by state-of-the-art information and decision support systems.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.