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Common Threats and Pain Points to a Successful Credentialing Program

Healthcare leaders and health systems are no greater than their workforce – including their physician network. Regardless of a physician’s employment status, their engagement, understanding of the strategic vision and willingness to accept change, carry the organizational culture necessary to drive meaningful transformation. [1] Each physician and employee must be held to this standard if

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Achieving High Reliability in America’s Most Dangerous Industry

TripleTree, the country’s largest healthcare merchant bank providing investment banking services, posed the question on their latest blog, “what does a culture of safety in healthcare look like?” Provoked by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the second fatal crash in March, TripleTree highlighted that there are no true regulators in healthcare

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Safety Audit Rounds for a High Reliability Organization: The Importance

When was the last time you found something that was twice as good? How about 3 times as good? 10 times? You’d probably consider that to be a pretty significant improvement. Consider you purchased a car that got 300 miles to the gallon, you’d jump at the chance to bring that vehicle home, right? For

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The Race to the South Pole

In late 1911, Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer, was determined to be the first explorer to reach the South Pole. However, he wasn’t the only one. Robert Scott, a British naval officer, was also preparing his team to reach the South Pole. While Scott’s team planned to gather scientific information along the way, the distinct

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How to Avoid the “Bang” in Healthcare – Verge Health

The healthcare sector is complex by nature. Physicians aren’t necessarily employed by hospitals, so the level of internal communication needed to generate better data is often not there. Since medical errors still rank as the third leading cause of death, with roughly 10 percent of deaths in the United States due to preventable medical mistakes

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Top Five Lessons from VergeCon 2018: Taking a Systems Approach to Safety

“The Project Approach is not making patients safer!” We had the opportunity recently to have a group of senior executives from health systems at our user group meeting a few weeks ago, and the progress our clients are making in keeping patients safer is incredibly encouraging.  These executives came from great health systems around the

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40 Years of Learning Culture

This December marks 40 years since the 1978 crash of United Airlines Flight 173[1]. The scheduled flight from JFK International Airport in New York City was bound for a final destination of Portland, OR. This tragic accident killed ten people while 175 survived. There were many stories about survivors, neighbors living near the crash site,

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What the Thai Cave Rescue Can Teach Healthcare About Quality and Safety

We have all been overjoyed by the recent rescue[1] of the Thai soccer team, and their coach, after being trapped in an underwater cave for 18 days. The story of their rescue is a drama for the ages, and no doubt Hollywood is clamoring to tell their story. But in my role as a physician

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Culture of Safety

There are no changes to standards or elements of performance; nor are there changes to TJC’s survey methods. Instead, it’s about improving the survey process. Why? One section from the announcement in TJC’s newsletter stands out: “The Joint Commission urges organizations to establish a safety culture that fosters trust in reporting unsafe conditions to ensure

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Leveraging Technology To Optimize The Credentialing And Privileging Process And Expedite The Journey To High Reliability

One in every 10 deaths in the U.S. can now be attributed to medical error, with only heart disease and cancer taking more lives.1 The estimated cost of these errors is a staggering $1 trillion, not including monies paid out in wrongful death lawsuits which, in 2017 alone, totaled more than $3.8 billion.2,3 This in

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