December 2016

Top 5 Insights from HealthInsight Oregon's Annual Quality Conference

Blog - December 6, 2016
Susan Yates Miller, MPA

HealthInsight Oregon held its Annual Quality Conference, "Be the Change: Strategies for Health Care Transformation", on November 15, 2016 in Keizer, Oregon. This one-day community event brought together health care providers from all settings of care to learn strategies for improving care from patient and family engagement experts, peers and local leaders.

Announcing Clinician and Organizational Vitality Resources

Blog - December 9, 2016
Natalya Seibel

This month the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center, is launching a library of resources centering on clinician and organizational wellness and stress reduction.

Tobacco Cessation Counseling Resources for Clinics and Providers

Blog - December 22, 2016
Anona Gund, MPH

In 2017, Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) will be accountable for reducing cigarette smoking prevalence among their members. To support CCOs, clinics, and providers working on this incentive measure, the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center recently released a list of the best evidence-based resources for tobacco cessation counseling.

Building Resiliency Through Positive Psychology

Blog - December 22, 2016
Nicole O'Kane, PharmD

Burnout among health care providers has a significant negative impact on care – on compassion, performance and patient centeredness. It can also be a significant barrier to improvement and innovation in a challenging work environment. The new science of positive psychology offers insight into new methods to improve resiliency, along with techniques to address burnout issues in the work place.

Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Blog - December 29, 2016
Susan B Stillwell DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF

Eliminating preventable patient harm continues to be the siren song in the health care industry.  Finding ways to reduce harm across the industry has been met with varying degrees of success. To achieve robust improvement in preventable harm, Marshall, Pronovost and Dixon-Woods (2013) describe the need for an integrative improvement science program of learning. Beginning the Fall 2017, the University of Portland Graduate School is offering such a program of study.