Northwell Health is developing new relationships with other leading healthcare systems and organizations from across the country to benchmark our performance and broaden our access to best practices.
Northwell Health is participating with other top US healthcare networks from across the country in a first-of-its-kind collaborative launched by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). The collaborative is designed to get hospitals to focus on the high cost of medical care and surgical procedures, and to develop practice care and payment models aimed at enhancing patient safety and reducing costs. Northwell is the only health network in New York State participating in the initiative. In addition to Northwell Health, the other top health networks participating in the collaborative are: Mayo Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Baylor, Scott & White Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of Iowa Health Care, Hawaii Pacific Health, Providence Health & Services, Sinai Health System, UC San Diego Health System and the Virginia Mason Medical Center. The health networks share data on patient care, costs and outcomes so that the information can be analyzed and programs implemented to meet the goals of the collaboration: to enhance patient care and reduce costs. The common condition/disease-specific areas that are currently targeted include: total knee replacement, diabetes, hip replacement, heart failure, spine surgery, Sepsis and Advanced Illness.
Northwell Health and a number of top performing health care organizations in the United States and abroad have partnered with the IHI to transform the way that healthcare is delivered. Through its strategic partnership with IHI, Northwell Health is improving care for patients with advanced illness, developing an ambulatory safety program that includes multiple types of ambulatory care practices and educating the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals in the fundamentals of quality and patient safety through the IHI Open School.
Ambulatory Safety Program
As Northwell Health continues its rapid expansion to include multiple types of ambulatory care practices, from independent practice sites to system-employed clinicians, our vision is to develop an Ambulatory Quality and Safety Program based on high reliability, innovation and best practices. In partnership with IHI and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), leadership is exploring the ambulatory quality and safety programs of other innovative healthcare delivery systems.
One of the ways Northwell will improve care for patients with advanced illness is through the Conversation Project, which is dedicated to honoring each individual’s preference for end-of-life care. Northwell Health is a pioneer sponsor of the Conversation Project with IHI and seven other healthcare organizations from across the country.
The IHI Open School is an inter-professional educational community that gives students the skills and knowledge to become change agents in healthcare improvement through on-line courses, case studies and campus-based networks. Last year the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell launched an IHI Open School Chapter creating a forum for students to interact and help each other become skilled in patient safety and quality improvement. One hundred additional healthcare professionals from Northwell are also completing coursework offered by the IHI Open School.
Through its participation with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health Care (JCCTHC), Northwell Health has partnered with other leading healthcare organizations to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality concerns:
- Increasing hand hygiene
- Improving hand-off communication
- Decreasing surgical site infections
- Preventing avoidable heart failure hospitalizations
- Reducing sepsis mortality
Learn more about the JCCTHC and its projects, including:
Northwell Health works collaboratively with many other institutions to help transform health care. Those include:
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- American Heart Association
- American Hospital Association
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Cleveland Clinic
- Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare
- Nassau University Medical Center
- National Quality Forum
- National Association for Healthcare Quality
- New York State Department of Health
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services