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Improving Hospital Stays by Preventing Harm, Including Loss of Dignity

August 31st, 2012 by Deb Wilson

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, created by the Intel Corp. founder and his wife, has allocated significant funds for a new national Patient Care Program that seeks to eliminate all “preventable harms” to patients.  According to the foundation, “fewer than half of all patients report feeling a part of and respected by the health-care system that serves them”.

Dr. George Bo-Linn, chief program officer for the Patient Care Program, said the effort will begin with a focus on eliminating all preventable harms to adult patients in acute-care settings. The loss of dignity and respect that some patients and families experience are preventable harms that must be addressed as well, he added.

Patient and family engagement key to improved healthcare

The first grant recipient will be the prestigious Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Inside the Baltimore hospital’s intensive-care unit, the money will go toward giving every patient an iPad or another type of tablet that will help them log and follow how their caretakers are performing on 250 points of care aimed at reducing harm to the patient. The tablets will also allow patients and families to hold video conferences with their physicians.

…The hospital tapped engineers at the applied physics lab at Johns Hopkins who designed a clock for the iPad that a patient can click on to track metrics pertaining to their treatment. The hospital also plans to work with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins to evaluate how it can come up with a new measurement to evaluate whether care is disrespectful.

Big Grant Aims to Help Patients Maintain Dignity

The foundation will also be partnering with  Institute of Medicine (IOM), RAND Corporation, Health Affairs, University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University, and others.


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