How to provide safe, quality hospital care by increasing transparency

Paul Levy is the CEO of Boston’s Beth-Israel Deaconess hospital, and one of the nation’s foremost patient safety advocates.

He blogs at Running a hospital, where he openly talks about the various issues facing a major academic institution. Increasing transparency, such as shining a light on medical errors and hospital infection rates for instance, can provide an effective way to confront each of these issues, so patients can benefit.

Better Health’s Val Jones produced a 3-part video series interviewing Mr. Levy, where he sheds some insight behind his patient safety endeavors.

Well worth watching.

You can join Paul, Val, and myself at Blog World Expo 2009 on October 15th in Las Vegas, where we all will participate in panel discussions exploring the intersection between blogging and health care.

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  • Erin

    I think the transparency is a big help. Another blog I read said that the change needed in hospitals is coming slow. With videos like this, we are at least getting one step closer to better hospitals. After all, it is the right of the patient and should be the responsibility of the doctor and nurse to have this kind of transparency.

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