The Institute for Healthcare Improvement was unable to determine if its 5 Million Lives Campaign reduced incidents of harm in hospitals nationwide, officials announced.
Speaking from the organizations 20th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, IHI leaders said they have been able to gauge pockets of success but they could not conclude if the primary goal of nationally reducing harm was met. We see great, striking success, said Joseph McCannon, vice president and manager of the campaign for IHI. But we acknowledge the fact that we still have a great deal of work to do.
The two-year campaign asked hospitals to track 12 measures through which they could reduce medical errors. Measuring the number of lives saved as a result of reducing those errors, however, remains difficult, according to McCannon. The data collection and analyzing process to ensure interventions are effective has proven very rigorous, he said.
As it officially ended the campaign, the quality organization also announced the launch of the IHI Improvement Map, which it says will serve as a higher, more-stringent look at hospitals as a total system, instead of studying individual clinical components of a hospital. Through the new map, many of the hospitals that participated in the 5 Million Lives Campaign hope to continue their commitment to performance improvement, said Donald Berwick, president and chief executive officer of the IHI. -- by Jean DerGurahian