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IOM Presents 2012 Lienhard Award to Donald M. Berwick

Posted Oct 15 2012 7:45pm

CompSteth Donald Berwick , Champion of Health Care Quality Improvement, receives Institute of Medicine 's 2012 Lienhard Award.

Dr. Berwick helped establish the Institute for Healthcare Improvement ( IHI ) where patient safety and health care quality remained at the forefront of the organization's efforts to improve quality of care. Some say his work was also a catalyst for a national movement to improve the quality of health care in the U.S.

Since the arrival of "HITECH" in 2010, health care providers, covered entities, and EHR/EMR software vendors have each experienced massive changes in their respective areas. Providers have accepted and adopted measures of quality and reporting that reflect patient care needs. Covered entities continue to aspire and achieve high quality performance measures. ..And both are seeking payment incentives for achieving quality measures reflected by Meaningful Use.

Notice in the graph below, initially introduced in 2009, the trajectory beginning with Data Capture and Sharing in 2009, achieving Advanced Clinical Processes by 2011 and Improved Outcomes by 2015. Regardless of subsequent delays along this timeline, change has affected healthcare professionals, vendors and patients. 

Achieving Meaningful Use
Measuring quality has now spanned across healthcare segments, from primary care, to acute care, and now 2013 CMS Quality Measures for Hospice.

It's a new day for healthcare... considering what will come next.....


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