Quality and Patient Safety

Providing high-quality care to every patient in a safe environment is the goal of all hospitals and a daily focus of their activities. THA collects data and puts it to work through initiatives and policies to improve hospitals’ health care quality, patient safety and outcomes.

THA is collaborating with 341 member hospitals on at least one quality improvement initiative. From the largest systems to the smallest critical access hospitals, THA is helping through the:

Data are a key component to each of these initiatives. But the true improvement work happens in collaboration, education, consultation and disruption of old patterns and habits. And that involves relationships, trust and on-the-ground support.

Take the Survey on Nurses’ Experience with Clinical Information Systems

Nurses play a critical role in health care delivery. As the health care professionals most actively engaged in direct patient care, nurses are well positioned to provide leadership in clinical processes and quality improvements needed to provide the highest quality patient care. Documentation burden is a well-established concern among nurses and other health care providers. It cuts into time spent with patients and contributes to burnout and workplace dissatisfaction. But improvement requires understanding of the scope and depth of the problem.

Texas nurses are encouraged to participate in a study assessing nurses’ experiences with clinical information systems and the functionality and usefulness of those systems in care delivery.

The project among the Texas Nurses Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center seeks to understand Texas nurses’ experiences with clinical information systems so researchers, policy makers and clinicians can better understand nurses’ moral distress with the burden of documentation and work together to develop necessary improvements.

Survey participation is voluntary and important. Results are 100% confidential and also will be used for national benchmarking of nurses’ experiences with clinical information systems. Survey participants will have the opportunity to review the results reports from TNA and TONE’s Web pages.

Chief nursing officers can use sample language to encourage their nurse staffs’ participation in the survey.

An introduction to the survey and informed consent information is available here.

Simplifying and Aligning Reporting Requirements for Health Care-Acquired Infections

For too long, Texas hospitals have had to report data on health care-acquired infections to the state and federal governments, but the reporting requirements are different. If the goal truly were quality improvement, these reporting requirements would be aligned to give hospitals access to infection data that are most useful for protecting patients, their families and health care workers. Simplifying and aligning reporting requirements also would allow hospitals more time and resources to focus on what matters – eliminating HAIs and improving infection control and prevention efforts.

A bill filed this legislative session by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) would go a long way to driving quality improvement, not just data collection. Senate Bill 384 would align state reporting requirements for HAIs with existing federal requirements. It's common sense.

Reducing Preventable Maternal Mortality Through TexasAIM

Promoting the health of mothers and babies also is a priority for Texas hospitals and public health advocates alike. Texas hospitals have worked closely with lawmakers and state health agencies over the last decade to identify needed public policies. Learn more about the policy requirements Texas hospitals have implemented to support maternal and baby health and the proactive steps Texas hospitals have taken through TexasAIM to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.