Donald Berwick, president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, gave a bad news-good news report on the state of U.S. healthcare quality and safety during a presentation to physicians today at the American Medical Association's annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. Among the grim realities Berwick said are facing the U.S. healthcare system is the fact that race is more relevant in determining a person's longevity than smoking status. Berwick also provided a summary of the IHI's "100,000 Lives" campaign, which aims to save 100,000 lives by next June by preventing common adverse events in hospitals. The 2,200 participating institutions are already showing measurable improvements, Berwick said. One of the goals of the campaign is to build a network of change-minded individuals, which may ultimately lead to a similar campaign in ambulatory-care settings, Berwick said. Visit ihi.org to learn more about the campaign. -- by Andis Robeznieks
Berwick highlights U.S. healthcare challenges at AMA
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