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Johns Hopkins to aid The Leapfrog Group in grading the safety and quality of US hospitals
Date:12/12/2012

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has been tapped to provide scientific guidance to The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit known for publishing report cards detailing how hospitals perform in key quality and safety measures.

The Johns Hopkins experts will apply their knowledge and research of health care performance measures to guide the methodology behind the two primary mechanisms Leapfrog uses to assess hospitals: the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Hospital Safety Score.

"Patients should have access to the most accurate and current data on hospital safety and quality when making important decisions on where they and their loved ones should receive care," says Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president of quality and safety at Johns Hopkins Medicine. "This collaboration highlights The Leapfrog Group's commitment to bringing the best information available to health care consumers."

In support of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the team at the Armstrong Institute will assess an ever-evolving list of quality and safety indicators from whether newborns receive recommended screenings to how often health care workers wash their hands to create the best overall picture of hospital safety and quality possible.

To support the Hospital Safety Score, the Armstrong team will work closely with the Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, a nine-member group of patient safety experts who have provided guidance to Leapfrog around the Hospital Safety Score.

Armstrong Institute instructor Matt Austin, Ph.D., who is the former director of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, will lead the Johns Hopkins team's efforts.

"This partnership reflects the Armstrong Institute's strong commitment to empower and engage patients and families to be active participants in their care," Austin says. The institute recently received a $9.4 million grant to better involve the families of
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Contact: Shannon Swiger
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443-387-8560
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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