The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is halfway through its 5 Million Lives Campaign, but cannot estimate yet if it has reduced incidences of harm.
Complex data sets and variation in the measure reported by hospitals have slowed the pace of evaluating harm, said Joe McCannon, the IHIs vice president and manager of the campaign.
This is without question the most complex work, possibly more complex than we thought when we first started, McCannon said today at the IHI's 19th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in Orlando.
The campaigns goal is to measure the change in the rate of harm at a hospital using evidence-based reporting. Ultimately the IHI hopes to eliminate 5 million incidences of harm at hospitals nationwide over two years ending December 2008. -- by Jean DerGurahian