Hospitals participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign have made solid progress, but complex data sets and variations in the measures they report have slowed the pace of evaluating harm.
Halfway through the two-year program to eliminate 5 million incidences of harm at hospitals nationwide, the IHI cannot estimate yet if the program has reduced harm, and the organization is testing how to assess the information it has received, according to Joe McCannon, vice president and manager of the campaign for the IHI.
In addition to a core set of measures hospitals are required to submit under the program, they also are given the opportunity to submit optional measures, based on ones collected nationally. The differences in these intervention measures have forced the IHI to reconsider how they are assessing individual hospitals' performance, McCannon said.
Over the next year, the program will focus on the best way to assess the measures it has received.