Quality Improvement

Mission Statement:

The Hospital Medicine Quality Improvement Workgroup strives to support and develop our faculty as leaders in QI. The workgroup supports an ongoing educational curriculum in QI principles, data management and feedback on key HM performance indicators, and oversight for local QI initiatives that promote excellence in patient care and scholarly dissemination of the key QI work of our faculty.

Lead(s): Kate Wooldridge, MD, MPH

Schedule or Calendar for the Year:

2016-17 Goals 

1) Develop and deliver an internal faculty QI curriculum using an ongoing group project as a case study

2) Develop a “Balanced Scorecard” for Hospital Medicine to promote faculty awareness on key indicators

     a. Use initial data from Scorecard to identify key areas for improvement in various categories for both the group & individual faculty

     b. Utilize data to inform a local QI project

3) Develop a repository for ongoing projects & facilitate partnerships between HM and broader organizational initiatives (VUMC, VA)

     a. Ensure appropriate MOC credit is received by participating faculty

     b. Promote scholarly dissemination of key QI work of our faculty 

Current Open Projects (name, lead(s),  area of focus, brief description):

Service Handover Tool

Lead: Meg Zoffuto, Kelly Sponsler

Past Completed Projects  (name, lead(s), area of focus, brief description):

Management of Inpatient Hypertension

Lead: Kate Wooldridge, Kevin Flemmons 

Choosing Wisely: Telemetry

Lead: Elizabeth Rice

Choosing Wisely: Reduction of Unnecessary Laboratory Testing 
Pioneer Program: IMPROV (Improving Medication Processes, Reconciliation, and Outcomes at Vanderbilt)

Brief Description: Hospital medicine was selected as one of three Vanderbilt groups to participate in the Pioneer Program. This program, sponsored by the Office of Quality and Patient Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was a year-long improvement experience which features several didactic sessions and a mentored project. Hospitalist faculty are collaborating with the Department of Pharmacy to improve the admission medication reconciliation processes.