Submitted By mfayomi
Most healthcare organizations are setup for the primary purpose to care for people of a community. This creed is meant to be executed at the highest level possible. Though it is evitable that business in healthcare suggests profit is an indicator of the growth of an organization but it isn’t the primary purpose of a hospital or health care facility. Consumers of healthcare aren’t receiving satisfaction from the care they receive based on the amount they paid for it, they are more interested in the quality of care and how such care is delivered. When a patient is sick and visits a hospital, most of the time, the facility must not only care for the patient but also for their loved ones, the family and friends must be carried along in the care delivery choice and process. It is imperative that organizations meet the needs of these consumers and constantly strive to improve on the quality of care. According to Ransom et. al (2008), there is six dimensions of quality organizations should address when planning improvement strategies. Quality care should be safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient centered, and equitable.
What is the difference between performance measurement and quality improvement processes: Quality Improvement is a process used to enhance the quality of care provided and performance measurement is a tool by which organizations measure whether the goal for quality improvement was actually achieved (Koss, Hanold, & Loeb, 2002, p. 82). Performance measures afford organizations the ability to continuously monitor and assess care delivery processes and goals, while providing necessary information to consumers. Quality Improvement process is a distinct management process used by organizations in a coordinated manner to consistently meet consumers’ needs (Riley, Moran, Corso, Beitsch, Bialek, & Cofsky, 2010). The difference between…...