In an effort to reduce avoidable deaths, patient harm and healthcare costs, all 65 acute-care hospitals in
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the Premier healthcare alliance today announced the formation of the South Carolina Healthcare Quality Trust (SC HQT), a voluntary, first of its kind partnership. Through the SC HQT, the state’s largest research universities—Clemson University, Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina—and its largest health systems—Greenville Hospital System, Palmetto Health and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System—are working through HSSC, utilizing existing evidence-based best practices, as well as researching and developing new methods, to eliminate preventable infections.
"We all know someone whose life has been altered, sometimes permanently, by a preventable healthcare-associated infection," said Jay Moskowitz, president and CEO of HSSC. "
“We believe this approach has the potential to make our state's hospitals safer for patients, families and employees, while making our state a national model for healthcare quality,” Moskowitz said.
The SC HQT plans to address both acute and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart and vascular diseases, in the future.
“Healthcare-associated infections are a serious threat to patient health and safety in all hospitals, and they add significantly to the cost of care.
In 2006, SCHA worked with legislators on the state’s Hospital Infections Disclosure Act, which requires hospitals to report certain categories of infections to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Last year DHEC published preliminary numbers on its Web site. The Association also has a public Web site at www.myschospital.org that provides validated hospital-specific performance data
A special information-sharing portal will be developed for all
“Through the SC HQT, we are developing an approach to eliminating HAIs using evidence-based best practices,” said Premier chief operating officer Susan DeVore. “By measuring performance against state and national benchmarks, the SC HQT will work to become a national model for healthcare quality improvement that every state can utilize to efficiently focus resources and improve the health of their communities.”