Hop­kins joins firm in safe-hospi­tal ef­fort

EY to de­vise client plans us­ing hospi­tal’s ex­per­tise

Baltimore Sun - - BUSINESS MARYLAND - By An­drea K. McDaniels am­c­daniels@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ankwalker

Con­sult­ing firm EY is part­ner­ing with Johns Hop­kins Medicine to try to make hos­pi­tals and other health care or­ga­ni­za­tions safer.

The firm plans to help its health care clients de­vise safety plans and ini­tia­tives us­ing clin­i­cal re­search and ex­per­tise from the Johns Hop­kins Arm­strong In­sti­tute for Pa­tient Safety and Qual­ity. EY also plans to de­velop new prod­ucts for its clients un­der the long-term con­trac­tual part­ner­ship.

Fi­nan­cial de­tails were not dis­closed, and EY does not share client in­for­ma­tion.

The Johns Hop­kins in­sti­tute has worked for years on im­prov­ing in­fec­tion rates at hos­pi­tals, with its first ef­forts fo­cused on getting doc­tors and other med­i­cal staff to ad­here to ba­sic safety pro­to­cols and check­lists. The strat­egy also in­volved col­lect­ing data so that doc­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tors have a more ac­cu­rate and timely pic­ture of prob­lems and can take more ef­fec­tive steps to pre­vent harm.

The Arm­strong In­sti­tute has ex­panded those ini­tial ef­forts and is now in­volved in de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy to help make hos­pi­tals safer for pa­tients. Last year, for ex­am­ple, the in­sti­tute an­nounced a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mi­crosoft to im­prove the way med­i­cal de­vices in hospi­tal in­ten­sive care units com­mu­ni­cate in hopes of curb­ing med­i­cal er­rors and pre­ventable com­pli­ca­tions.

A study re­leased last year by Johns Hop­kins pro­fes­sor Martin Makary found that med­i­cal er­rors likely are the thirdlead­ing cause of death in the United States. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion doesn’t re­quire hos­pi­tals to report med­i­cal er­rors in the data they pro­vide on pa­tient cause of death.

But the study found that pre­ventable er­rors claim more than 251,000 lives ev­ery year, which is more than ac­ci­dents and strokes.

“I think we have had some sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess at Johns Hop­kins, and we are at a place where we are ready to ex­pand some of the cre­ative things we have done around the globe,” said Nancy Ed­wards Molello, man­ag­ing direc­tor of strate­gic part­ner­ships at the in­sti­tute.

EY of­fi­cials be­lieve clients can ben­e­fit from such in­no­va­tion.

“We can of­fer our clients some real value in the clin­i­cal space, es­pe­cially as it re­lates to pre­ventable harm,” said Jim Costanzo, EY global health care leader.

Ritu Agar­wal, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Health In­for­ma­tion and De­ci­sion Sys­tems at the Robert H. Smith School of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, de­scribed the part­ner­ship as a “happy mar­riage” that has ben­e­fits for both sides.

“It might be the har­bin­ger for sim­i­lar part­ner­ships in the fu­ture,” she said.

Join­ing forces with a high-cal­iber med­i­cal in­sti­tute can add an ex­tra layer of va­lid­ity and ex­per­tise to the ser­vices EY is of­fer­ing its health care clients, Agar­wal said. Hop­kins would know more about the work­ings of a hospi­tal than many EY con­sul­tants.

Hop­kins can help get out the mes­sage about the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing in­fec­tions and pre­vent­ing harm, which can save lives and cut costs, Agar­wal said. Un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act, hos­pi­tals are un­der pres­sure to re­duce hospi­tal read­mis­sions and ad­verse events. Many hos­pi­tals also are look­ing for other rev­enue streams, as there is a push to cut back on health care costs.

In ad­di­tion, the health care in­dus­try is grow­ing over­seas, and as new hos­pi­tals open, they are look­ing for the lat­est stan­dards to fol­low.

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