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Center for Healthcare Improvement

by Medical Staff Office on May 9, 2013

The AAMC Center for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) was created in September 2012. Barry Meisenberg, MD, medical director of the DeCesaris Cancer Institute, was named as CHI’s founding director and also serves as Chair of Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems Research.

The overarching goal is to rapidly implement innovations that enhance patient safety and quality of care throughout AAMC’s growing system of care.

Targeting projects and initiatives addressing high-risk medications and procedures, the CHI acts a coordinator for patient safety initiatives. Working with the existing regulatory and quality committees, the CHI has responsibility for implementing  practices shown to improve safety and reduce waste. Additionally, CHI plays a key role in promoting initiatives aimed at reducing harm associated with care in a complex medical environment.

Related responsibilities include:

  • Enhancing the clinical measurement and program analysis (analytics) that allow clinical leaders to measure and refine care.
  • Managing the Research Institute and enhancing clinical research opportunities for patients through  participation  in the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network.
  • Evaluating Graduate Medical Education expansion to the AAMC campus.

List of CHI projects

  • Improving safety by optimization of computerized order sets.
  • Enhancing safe use of narcotics.
  • Improving safety profile of blood thinning medications.
  • Adopting best practices to reduce complications associated with antibiotics use.
  • Introducing ‘Choosing Wisely’ to consumers and the medical staff to reduce harms associated with over-utilization of tests, procedures and medications.
  • Analyzing medical complications of hospitalized patients.
  • Enhancing measurement tools to improve performance of clinical programs.
  • Evaluating Graduate Medical Education programs.
  • Expanding clinical research opportunities for patients.
  • Integrating regulatory and clinical patient safety initiatives.

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