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Hospital Quality Improvement Platform Updates

Use of HQI’s Hospital Quality Improvement Platform (HQIP) — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform — continues to increase as more hospitals complete their contract reviews.  

Recent Medical Error Case Highlights Need for Understanding, Not Punishment

Ensuring and improving patient safety has always been of the utmost importance for hospitals.

That’s why every year in March we celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week — an annual recognition intended to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety. However, despite the continual focus on patient safety, medical errors do happen.

Best Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment in the ED

Over the past several decades, the United States has experienced a rising crisis in substance abuse. This is illustrated most dramatically by the rise in deaths from drug overdose.   According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999 [i]. More work needs to be […]

Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Virtual Care Throughout the Pandemic

It has been an unprecedented and taxing two years for front-line workers and patients alike.  Nearly one of three patients delayed in-person health care visits in 2020 due to access issues and/or fear of exposure to COVID-19. According to a national poll, 57% of Americans experienced negative health repercussions, including and up to premature death. In […]

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 […]


Did you know? $20.5B Each year, hospitals contribute more than $20.5 billion to support vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, and low-income residents, in their communities.

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 this protection, members can collaborate with other hospitals and health care organizations, usually at a Safe Table meeting.  

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.