Happy Holidays from MAPS!


MAPS wishes you a happy holiday season and New Year! 

2015 has been an exciting year for MAPS and we look forward to continuing our work for Safe Care. Everywhere. in 2016! 
New Patient & Family Engagement Committee Launches

MAPS launched a new committee in November to support our strategic focus area: Engaging patients, providers and the community for better, safer care across the continuum. Evidence continues to mount that engaged patients get better, safer care and have better outcomes.
The committee will focus on:
  • Synthesizing existing engagement research and tools and best practices across settings of care to develop simplified and standardized guidance for providers and patients.
  • Convening the community to establish a shared understanding about patient and family engagement to align around a set of priorities and expectations in Minnesota.
  • Establishing a first-of-its-kind patient and family advisory council across settings of care.

There are 12 committee members from a variety of organizations, and two consumer representatives. The group is considering existing research and toolkits and definitions of patient and family engagement. The next meeting will focus on considerations of a toolkit in the format of an open source, dynamic website. This approach offers the potential of a more flexible, participative set of resources to support patient and family engagement across healthcare setting.

For questions, contact Kathy Welte or Catherine Schramm at MAPS. Committee materials are posted on the MAPS website.

Wall Street Journal Article on Patient Advisory Councils

A November 29, 2015 article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the growing popularity of patient advisory councils in hospitals across the country. Patients who participate become advocates for other patients, and hospitals gain input into how to improve their care. To read the full article, click here.
New NPSF Report --
Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human

NPSF recently released a new report which reviews the state of the patient safety field and makes eight recommendations for achieving total systems safety and a safety culture.

Click here to download the report from NPSF.
Recent Study finds Hospital safety culture critical in improving surgical results
The Minnesota Hospital Association recently highlighted a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons which analyzed MHA survey and outcome data to find that hospital safety culture has a major influence on the quality of patient care. Click here to find more information.
Joint Commission Article on Transitions of Care

In November, 2015, the Joint Commission published an article "Transitions of care: Engaging patients an
families." In the article, the Joint Commission discusses how patient and family engage
ment helps to improve safety at transitions of care. This is in keeping with MAPS' work last year on transitions of care. Check out our Your Own Best Medicine website!

Minnesota Hospital Association Job Openings 

MHA currently has two job openings in quality and patient safety. 
  • Senior Director, Quality & Patient Safety
  • Quality & Patient Safety Specialist
Click here for complete job descriptions.
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