Healthcare industry groups launched several initiatives last week to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.
The Health Research and Educational Trust, an American Hospital Association affiliate, will use a three-year federal grant of about $1 million for work with simulation technology designed to improve physician training. The project, financed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, also involves the AHA, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).
"This project gives us the opportunity to change the current medical education model from `see one, do one, teach one' to having physicians-in-training get realistic experience through technology," said John Combes, M.D., principal investigator on the project and senior medical adviser for the HAP and the AHA.
In a second effort to enhance patient safety, the AHA's Health Forum and the National Patient Safety Foundation have established a one-year fellowship program to bring together healthcare providers and executives through conferences and electronic meetings. Up to 40 fellows will be named.
In another initiative, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine has launched a three-year project to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety in doctors' offices and other nonhospital settings. Officials said the project, funded by an $875,000 grant from the AHRQ, is unusual because most such studies have focused on medical errors in hospitals and other institutions.
The ACP-ASIM said it will develop a patient-safety curriculum to be offered at the group's annual chapter meetings. The group's president, William Hall, M.D., said he believes the curriculum will be applicable to a wider audience.
-With John Morrissey