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 computer 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. The results also showed improvements in the number of hospitals with appropriate intensive-care unit staffing.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, however, reported no correlation between mortality rates and hospitals that implemented the safe practices component of the annual survey.