The National Association for Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the operations and quality of care in its almost 200 member hospitals, is using a web-based research database and reporting system developed by IT Consulting Services of Quantros to report on quality improvement initiatives. Quantros is a leading software and services provider for the healthcare industry.
"We needed a scientifically rigorous and evidence based reporting tool for identifying and tracking clinical improvement efforts," explains Marlene Miller, MD, MSc, Vice President of Quality for NACHRI. "We also needed a scalable system that could be accessed by all of our member hospitals. Quantros provided all of that and offered insight into how we could spread and sustain numerous quality transformation programs in children's hospitals nationwide."
NACHRI initially targeted pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) as an area for improvement. Results were demonstrated in 30 initial hospitals (to be published in Pediatrics in February 2010) and the number of involved PICUs has since grown to over 60. Projects in pediatric hematology/oncology, nephrology and emergency medicine have been initiated and will use the QTRS application. The initial success of these quality transformation efforts was the impetus to create a common scalable platform.
With QTRS, hospitals gain efficiencies in data entry and reporting. NACHRI members further benefit from a national research database with embedded clinical performance standards for reporting and trending of key patient safety and quality indicators.
Dr. Sanjaya Kumar, MD, MPH, President and Chief Medical Officer of Quantros, describes the relationship between NACHRI and Quantros as especially meaningful. "Providing NACHRI with the tools to help their member hospitals was extremely gratifying for us. Having a role in improving the quality of care for one of the most vulnerable patient populations - children - is something we take great pride in."
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