It’s National Healthcare Quality Week! This week, supported by the National Association for Healthcare Quality(NAHQ), was created to increase awareness of healthcare quality programs and the individuals who implement them.

Everyone within a healthcare organizations has a responsibility to quality, but these individuals bring together data analytics, performance improvement, risk management, patient safety and so much more—helping others see the bigger picture.

Where did it start?

The large push towards patient safety began in 1999 with the release of the Institute of Medicine’s report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Healthcare System. It was reported as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented.

The report recommended healthcare organizations create and maintain strong safety cultures. This served as a wake up call for the nation’s healthcare providers to be more concerned about improving the quality of care in their institutions, especially in reducing preventable medical errors and lowering incidence of hospital-acquired infections.

More recent changes, including the Affordable Care Act, are putting healthcare quality management center stage and giving hospitals strong incentives to enhance patient safety. The system has shifted from emphasizing procedures and patient volume to focusing on the quality of care provided. This presents both opportunities and challenges for healthcare quality management professionals who play a critical role in helping their institutions succeed in the new healthcare environment.

Where are we today?


Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control released data suggesting these changes and the hard work and dedication of Healthcare Quality Management professionals is paying off.


One report, the HAI Progress Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed what it called “significant reductions” in 2012 for nearly all healthcare-associated infections.

These include:

• A 44 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2012

• A 20 percent decrease in infections related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked in the report between 2008 and 2012

• A 4 percent decrease in hospital-onset MRSA bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2012

• A 2 percent decrease in hospital-onset Clostridium Difficile infections between 2011 and 2012

Why are we talking about this?

So why does a web-based document management software company care so much about healthcare quality management (aside from the fact we are concerned citizens)? We understand how difficult these professionals’ jobs can be and we are committed to helping. Our software was created to eliminate variances, reduce risk, attain and improve compliance and increase accountability—inline with the goals of quality professionals. We are passionate about how our product simplifies the things you can control, freeing you up to focus on improving quality care.

Thank you for all you do!

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