Other quality initiatives
Working with others
Legacy Health participates in collaborative efforts to improve quality and patient safety that go beyond the standards required by national agencies such as The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Here are just a few of those efforts:
Improving safety through technology
One of the ways Legacy Health ensures patient safety is by using new technologies to improve systems and work processes. Two examples: We have a fully integrated electronic health record across all of our care settings, and we use barcoding to ensure safe medication dispensing. We also are an Image Gently system, using lower-dose radiation for x-rays and other images of our pediatric patients.
Patient safety reporting
Legacy encourages reporting of safety concerns and has an automated system that makes this easy to do. Our leaders and clinical teams regularly review these reported concerns, redesigning processes and making other changes when needed to make our care safer.
To improve care processes and meet The Joint Commission's safety goals, Legacy Health created a process to improve medication safety that was supported by a research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This process ensures that at each stage of the patient’s journey – home to hospital, within the hospital, and discharge – they have the proper medications.
Best practice bundles
These are groups of practices and procedures that have been proven to improve quality and safety when implemented together. There are bundles to help prevent urinary tract infections, infections around central lines, pressure ulcers, and many others.
Legacy Quality Awards
Everyone at Legacy plays an important role in improving quality and promoting patient safety. The annual Legacy Health Quality Awards recognize and honor accomplishments of teams that have improved our clinical and administrative processes.