Indicators, comment

I just finished reading a post on Monitoring of indicators, our facility received accreditation on the first round as well and I was shocked! The amount of work and prep that lead up to the survey was overwhelming and added to our already great time constraints. Not only were we trying to run our departments but now the added stress of putting together information and evidence  binders was astronomical. However I learned so much from the process and how valuable indicators were for improved patient outcomes I have added, modified or implemented new programs and made changes to the way I run my department. I even won a recognition award for Quality Insurance this past year.

Original Post
September 2, 2009
Title: Monitoring indicators
My current place of employment gained full accreditation in 2007; it was our first attempt. I understand it is rare to get full accreditation the first time. I did not realize how important the monitoring of health indicators and tracking progress was at that time. We (the staff) only saw it as time consuming; and is it really necessary to the outcomes of our patients? Tracking of data allows us to monitor our progress of goal achievement and the ability to improve programs to meet the needs of our patients. As a result we have added new programs based on the needs and requests of our patients. It has also enabled us to acquire more funding to increase staff. I guess what I am really trying to say, healthcare tracking, indicators and data collection provide much needed information to improve services, allocation of funds etc… It’s interesting how my views of unnecessary and time consuming work have changed.

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