Newsroom & Reports

ALERT: Data Show Higher Percentage of Syphilis Among Pregnant Patients

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) through its Sentinel Signal Detection System has identified a significant increase in syphilis diagnoses among pregnant patients from 2020-2021. Specifically, the figure below indicates that syphilis prevalence doubled among pregnant patients from 2020 through June 2021 compared to 2019 (0.16% vs. 0.08%). The elevated syphilis prevalence is not unique to […]

Ask CHPSO: What Are the Benefits of Joining?

Several health care organizations have asked why they should join CHPSO instead of another federally listed patient safety organization.  One reason is to obtain the federal protections for certain patient safety data. These protections facilitate broad sharing of patient safety information both within and across organizations, which speeds learning and facilitates the elimination of patient safety hazards. As part of […]

Invitation to All Hospitals: Consider HQI Cares

HQI Cares: Implementing BETA HEART® is more than another hospital quality program. Instead, it is an answer to the greatest challenge hospitals have faced in generations: How can they keep patients safe while battling turnover and caring for an increasingly drained and depleted workforce? 

Updated Quality Transparency Dashboards Now Available

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the CHA, creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.  

Preview of the Third Sentinel Signal Detection Report

Sentinel signal detection systems automatically detect abnormal changes (i.e., signals) in the incidence of diagnosis codes from hospital discharge records in the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform (HQIP), as well as term frequencies from the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) safety reports.  

Lessons Learned: The Impact of Bias on Quality and Patient Safety

Racial health disparities have been a major focus in health care in recent years. Growing research illustrates the negative impact implicit bias has on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.   The data reveal these groups experience higher rates of illness and death in a wide range of health conditions (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, and heart disease) when compared to whites. This can be a difficult issue to unpack, especially in health care, an industry that is designed ultimately […]

The Impact of Bias on Quality and Patient Safety

Racial health disparities have been a major focus in health care in recent years. Growing research illustrates the negative impact implicit bias has on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.   The data reveal these groups experience higher rates of illness and death in a wide range of health conditions (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, and heart disease) when compared to whites. This can be a difficult issue to unpack, especially in health care, an industry that is designed ultimately […]

Latest Quality Transparency Dashboards Released in June

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the California Hospital Association (CHA), creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.