Hospitals that participate in the Leapfrog Group annual survey are not meeting quality and safety standards, and most still have not implemented technologies or best practices for reducing errors.
Only 7% of the voluntarily participating 1,276 hospitals fully meet Leapfrogs computerized physician order-entry standard while 65% of hospitals do not have all the recommended policies in place for preventing hospital-acquired infections. Efficiency standardsdefined by Leapfrog as providing the highest quality with the lowest resource utilizationare met by 24% of hospitals for heart bypass surgery, 21% for heart angioplasty, 14% for heart attack care and 14% for pneumonia care, according to the survey results.
During a teleconference, Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder said hospitals that report in the survey are some of the best in the country, but the industry still hasnt reached a high-performing level. Clearly hospitals are making great strides and great effort but they arent there yet, she said.
Hospitals have improved in meeting the Leapfrog intensive-care unit staffing standard, and 60% of hospitals agreed to implement the safety organizations never events policy, according to the survey.
These are the full 2008 results of the groups annual survey, which went through a data upgrade last year. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also reported no correlation between mortality rates and hospitals that implemented the safe practices component of the annual survey.