Design of the test structure, including how to assess data sets submitted by hospitals, for Premier's quality initiative QUEST: High Performance Hospitals is under way, the company announced.
Based on five measuresmortality, evidence-based care, efficiency, harm avoidance and patient experiencethe three-year QUEST project hopes to improve safety at participating hospitals. Premier hopes to sign up 150 hospitals and expects to announce the final number of participants in January, said Susan DeVore, chief operating officer of Premier. DeVore gave an update on the project during the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 19th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, held in Orlando Dec. 10-12.
The IHI is an adviser to Premier for the project.