The VHA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that aims to improve individual and community health by promoting and diffusing new, effective models of health care. It has a program called the Health Care Safety Network for hospital CEOs to help them accelerate their patient safety leadership skills in an environment where they can learn from their peers and national safety experts.
I had a pleasant visit last week from Dr. Peggy Naas, vice president and leader of Physician Strategies for VHA. She was in my office to tape a session about BIDMC's efforts to improve the safety and quality of patient care, with a particular emphasis on our view of the importance of transparency as a management tool in this journey. This video will be shared with the CEOs in the Health Care Safety Network.
I hope our experience proves useful to my colleagues and that it will make them feel more comfortable in sharing their clinical outcomes and process improvement successes and failures with others.