IMPROVING QUALITY 4
Healthcareis, with no doubt, one of the most fundamental elements of thecontemporary human society. It has a bearing on almost every otheraspect of individuals’ lives as only healthy individuals would havethe capacity to pursue other interests. It is noteworthy that theefficacy of healthcare necessitates that quality and safe servicesare provided to patients.
Ofthe six aims of improvement, I have seen an immense improvement insafety, effectiveness, equitableness, efficiency andpatient-centeredness. However, the healthcare institution still has along way to go as far as timeliness is concerned. This may beeliminated through incorporation of EMR, which allows for quickdetermination of patient information and decision-making.
Theselected issue, in this case, is perhaps one of the most dominantproblems in healthcare. This is poor or improper diagnosis in thehealthcare sector. It is common to hear of individuals whose ailmentshave been misdiagnosed, which results in ineffective treatment andsometimes detrimental effects (Kaluznyet al, 2004).This has an effect on the safety and quality of services provided tothe client (Lighter,2011).
Perhapsone of the most effective strategies for addressing this is byenhancing the utilization of technology so as to allow for speedyservice provision of the patients. Technology will allow for thedetermination of the services that certain individuals require, andthe medical history of the individuals among others (Sollecito&Johnson,2013).The fourth aim of the IOM comes in handy in accomplishing this as itidentifies the core health need which is the provision of timelyservices through the reduction of the waits and harmful delays forindividuals that receive and give care (McLaughlin&Kaluzny, 2006).
Inter-professionalcollaboration would also enhance quality in this regard as it wouldallow for the sharing of information pertaining to the health ormedical history of the patient, therefore, allowing for a quickdetermination of the most appropriate services for the patients (Nash&Goldfarb, 2006).In addition, it would allow health practitioners to come up withappropriate strategies and learn from each other in instances wherethe problems have been experienced by others in the past.
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