The Joint Commission has recognized Prime Healthcare hospitals as 2017
Pioneers in Quality™ Contributors
Prime Hospitals recognized for quality improvement in health care
The Joint Commission has recognized
Prime Healthcare as a Pioneer in Quality contributor. Prime hospitals have implemented
new technology to electronically share clinical quality measure (eCQM)
data to The Joint Commission to measure and improve care processes, performance
"We commend Prime Healthcare as a
2017 Pioneers in Quality™ organization for its contributions and commitment to electronic clinical
quality measure data and practice toward quality improvement," said
David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health
Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. "Out of 3,200 health
care organizations, Prime Healthcare is among only 480 that The Joint
Commission has recognized this year for embracing new technology to submit
data about the care it provides to patients. That work to voluntarily
share information helps the entire industry move forward in utilizing
electronic clinical quality measurement for health care improvement."
Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health
care quality by manually abstracting data from patient records. Today,
through eCQMs—which rely on structured, encoded data present in
the electronic health record—hospitals can electronically collect
and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic
data can then be analyzed to measure and improve quality and outcomes.
The Joint Commission, the United States' leading accreditor of health
care organizations, established the Pioneers in Quality™ program
to assist and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data, as well as share
best practices for all hospitals in gathering, analyzing and leveraging
eCQM data for quality improvement.
"We are grateful to be recognized by The Joint Commission for our
commitment to quality improvement," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP,
Prime Healthcare Chairman, President & CEO. "Our adoption of
electronic clinical quality measures is crucial to continuously improving
quality of care and outcomes for all patients."
"Congratulations and thank you to our information technology and quality
improvement teams for their important role in achieving this honor,"
said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Prime Healthcare. "Innovation
and performance analysis are critical to continuous improvement in quality
care and outcomes for all our patients."
Pioneers in Quality™ recognition is not an indicator or measure of
data quality or quality of care, but an indicator of an organization's
commitment to adopting eCQMs toward quality improvement. It recognizes
eCQM data reporting and other contributions that advance eCQM adoption
in health care.
For more information about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality™