Since the publication of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report from the Committee on the Quality Healthcare in America in March 2001, an increasing trend in patient-centered care has emerged in many areas of healthcare. As a result of this, patient satisfaction has become a key quality indicator. Many healthcare organizations have begun to conduct patient satisfaction surveys and use the data from these surveys to develop metrics and key drivers for service. The annual Patient Experience Summit at Cleveland Clinic, 4-day conference where key stakeholders from around the country gather to exchange stories of success and strategies for better delivery of healthcare services to patients, is where this all comes together.
Author: Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FAAP
The fellows at Children’s National Health System have developed an open source academic blogsite, which includes various areas of interest to fellows and attending PEM providers. A weekly “Hot Seat” case, which enjoys tremendous popularity, evidence-based articles with large impact on PEM practice, and a one-of-a-kind ECG training module are just some of the resources that can be found there.
The blogsite was the original creation of Sonny Tat, MD, a former fellow at Children’s National and a current PEM faculty at UCSF. Sonny is also the site administrator for PEMNetwork.
Author: Kathleen Brown, MD – Children’s National Health System
It is with great excitement that we announce the first paper from the National Pediatric Readiness (Peds Ready) Project was released online today, April 13, and will be released in print in the near future. Authored by Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, the online article, “A National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments,” appears in JAMA Pediatrics, along with an editorial by Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, and Evaline Alessandrini MD, MSCE. (Please note the EMSC National Resource Center is hoping to secure grantees “open access” to the full article. More information will be forthcoming.)
Some states have already legalized marijuana and others are likely to follow. This is a hot topic of discussion in Washington DC. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently reaffirmed its position on keeping marijuana illegal “http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Reaffirms-Opposition-to-Legalizing-Marijuana-for-Recreational-or-Medical-Use.aspx“, while the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has a more tolerant view on this subject by suggesting that a more responsible use of marijuana might be expected if legalization were to be considered, as suggested in the the article here: “http://www.acepnow.com/article/legalizing-marijuana-will-make-safer/”