In today’s healthcare environment, there is more emphasis than ever on quality improvement. Accessing appropriate data efficiently allows the physician to develop a quality improvement plan that will reduce costs and improve outcomes.
Why is improving the understanding and knowledge of quality improvement so important? Healthcare delivery is becoming more complex and there is a requirement for new and enhanced methodologies that will help to reduce costs and provide better patient quality of care. Quality measures help to enhance the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of all healthcare processes, not just interventional radiology.
About this toolkit
The Quality and Safety Toolkit supports organizational efforts in improving quality and patient safety. Use this toolkit to help strengthen your practice’s and/or your organization’s performance and to promote and advance quality and safe care in interventional radiology.
The resources in this toolkit are organized around each of the three key modules: 'Educating yourself in quality improvement', 'Tools to lead in quality improvement', 'Leading in quality improvement.'
Principles within each module include:
- Tools and recommended reading
- Presentations and case studies
- SIR-curated content from both society and external sources
In this manifestation of SIR’s brand pillars—agility, confidence, collaboration, innovation, patient-driven—you’ll be able to improve patient experiences and address everyday challenges in providing quality care.
Society of Interventional Radiology Position Statement: Staffing Guidelines for the Interventional Radiology Suite Continuous Medical Education. Mark O. Baerlocher, MD, J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016; 27:618-622
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The Patient–Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS®), funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to provide clinicians and researchers with a set of person-centered measures that evaluates and monitors physical, mental, and social health in adults and children. It can be used with the general population and with individuals living with chronic conditions.
The Assessment CenterSM is a free, online data collection tool that enables researchers to create study-specific websites for capturing participant data securely online.
Numerous organizations participate in the regulation and oversight of healthcare: some agencies oversee the training, licensing and continuing education of medical professionals, while others focus the quality and safety of care provided by hospitals and outpatient facilities.
While participation in most accreditation programs is voluntary, in 1965 hospital accreditation became a requirement for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. That trend continues and accreditation by key agencies is increasingly being linked to payment for healthcare goods and services.
Identifying and developing evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources that enhance the quality of patient care are essential for the continued evolution of the specialty. There are several ways to become involved in SIR’s ongoing efforts.
- Volunteer to participate in one of the four committees in the Quality and Outcomes Division.
- Participate in local hospital or practice quality initiative and share your experience with SIR.