Linda Dynan, Northern Kentucky University Hospital Safety and Quality
Most of us think of hospitals as places. We go in order to get well when we are too ill to recover from illness or injury at home. Researchers many disciplines and healthcare providers are striving to make sure that is true. I'm economist studies how to improve healthcare. Which means either we can improve access to in the quality of healthcare at the same cost or maintain access and quality but produce these at lower cost in two thousand report documented. The alarming incidents and cost preventable adverse events or patient safety events in america's hospitals reporting that as many as ninety eight thousand people die in hospitals every year as a result of preventable medical errors since then government agencies and hospitals have worked to measure medical error and provide incentives for hospitals to minimize these events. This is where my research comes in. What types of policies are effective in reducing medical error but types of investments hospitals lead to improvements in patient safety information technology nurse. Training empowering frontline caretakers to signal problems. Once we know what works. How do we get hospitals to adopt these systems and processes. How do we make these changes. Sustainable what have we learned where we can do better. We've seen improvement in many measures of hospital. Quality preliminary results indicate increased expenditure on the education and training of nursing staff. Non data processing produce improvements in patient. Safety context matters. that is each hospital's different in quality. Improvement efforts needs to be tailored to each environment. Incentives also matter government policies related to value based care and non payment encourage hospitals to change behaviors to improve outcomes. Healthcare workers are motivated to do the right thing but doing the right things often costly and we have much more to learn.