Speaking of the Quality Institute…
The Rhode Island Quality Institute got a lot of press today when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius dropped in on the Ocean State and praised the group’s efforts to implement health information technology.
But if you’re still hungry for more, check out this case study of the Quality Institute by The Commonwealth Fund. Here’s an excerpt-
Rhode Island was the first state to begin moving toward establishing statewide public–private partnerships for quality improvement and is the only state to have established an independent nonprofit organization to house and coordinate such efforts. Since its initial collaborative forum in 2001, the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) has guided the state toward notable improvements in reducing hospital-acquired infections and costs, establishing statewide capacity to fill electronic prescriptions, and adopting electronic health records by the majority of practices.
Rhode Island also gets another mention in The Commonwealth Fund’s report on how states can make the most out of health care reform. Check out pages 55-59 ( in Adobe reader) to read a good summary of what’s going on in the Ocean State.
AND The Commonwealth Fund offers even more RI love with this report on the state’s experiments with “resident centered” nursing home care.