As part of the ongoing research into improving patient safety and quality of
the healthcare system, Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT) has established
the world's largest research test bed, with more than 3,100 institutions representing
more than 10 networks.
TMIT is working directly with the Research Test Bed to quantify the hospital
costs and implementation of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Safe Practices.
In an effort to make the NQF Safe Practices Survey reasonable and appropriate
for hospitals, yet still striving to drive patient safety forward in the U.S.
healthcare system, TMIT is seeking the input of healthcare stakeholders from
around the country. Such stakeholders are needed to provide input into development
of the Survey and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Answer Guide for the
At the national level, TMIT is focusing on special needs of specific patient
populations, such as pediatrics, special care hospitals, and rural hospitals.
The goal of these individual Task Forces is to evaluate the Safe Practices in
relationship to these special patient populations to determine how applicable
they are and whether individualized metrics can be designed to meet the
same expectations as general acute care hospitals, but with appropriate measurement
TMIT is also undertaking research on the Safe Practices and will be interviewing
all 3,126 institutions that have responded to the 2006 NQF Safe Practices Leap
to understand the Safe Practices' impact on patient safety and quality,
the difficulty of adoption, and the associated cost of
implementation. TMIT is also sponsoring this Test Bed with various state and
national organizations to address the special regional issues as a means of
further research into the development of quality measures in healthcare and
to receive ongoing input into the development of the NQF Safe Practices Survey.
At the state level, Task Forces within the Test Bed are focused on a review of
the current 30 Safe Practices to provide input on the survey questions, and
to develop specific metrics for measurement as they pertain to the provision
of healthcare services in their region. Individual states are also using the
Test Bed to develop an internal benchmarking system for hospitals in their states.
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