From the GIC Fall 2002 Newsletter
It's in your best interest to check out your hospital options. Tools you need to research your hospital options are now available! You can now find out which area hospitals meet standards for patient safety by logging onto the Leapfrog Group's web site. The Leapfrog Group is a national coalition of large employers and government agencies committed to improving patient safety; the GIC was the first Massachusetts organization to join.
The following three measures could save up to 58,300 lives per year and prevent 522,000 medication errors if implemented by all non-rural hospitals in the United States, according to research conducted by Dartmouth Medical School.
- Physicians' use of computerized prescription ordering systems (CPOE)
- Selection of hospitals with extensive experience for certain high-risk conditions and procedures
- Staffing Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with board-certified critical care physicians
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.