VHA reaches knowledge sharing milestone with 200th Leading Practice Blueprint®

VHA's unique mapping and sharing of hospitals' leading practices helps increase quality of care while reducing costs

Dec 18, 2013, 09:00 ET from VHA Inc.

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VHA Inc., the national health care network, published its 200th Leading Practice Blueprint representing a milestone in knowledge sharing. The blueprints are available to members on the VHA IMPERATIV® portal.

The blueprint, a proprietary VHA methodology, highlights leading practices at individual hospitals through detailed, easy-to-understand, visual depictions and supporting narrative on proven processes. Helping to drive cultural change and improve patient care, blueprints transform leading practices into something easily shared and replicated across VHA's membership. Current blueprints cover topics such as care coordination, clinical management/quality, patient safety, patient experience, supply management, green health, and population health management.

"The blueprints prevent us from re-inventing the wheel, especially the shared documents such as policies and examples," explained Marilyn McSwain, chief nursing officer for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  "We have made many lasting improvements with the help of VHA's blueprints."

By the end of 2013, more than 210 blueprints will be available for VHA members to access. Future blueprint topics include:

  • Blood conservation management
  • Health literacy
  • Hospital leadership
  • Inventory control
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care advanced certification
  • Tissue tracking

"VHA's blueprints provide healthcare organizations with the most robust and actionable tools to share leading practices across the healthcare industry," said Steve Miff, Ph.D., senior vice president of VHA's Clinical and Care Delivery Solutions. "VHA is in a unique position to work with organizations to accelerate the deployment of key initiates that drive cost and quality leadership."

About VHA
VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations working together to improve performance and efficiency in clinical, financial and operational management. Since 1977, when VHA established the first hospital membership organization, the company has applied its knowledge in analytics, contracting, consulting and network development to help members and customers achieve their strategic objectives. In 2012, VHA delivered $1.9 billion in savings and additional value to members. Serving 5,100 health system members and affiliates, VHA represents more than a quarter of the nation's hospitals. VHA also serves more than 118,000 non-acute health care customers enterprise-wide. VHA is based in Irving, Texas, and has 13 regional offices across the U.S. VHA, together with UHC, owns Novation, a supply chain company, and its subsidiary aptitude™, the health care industry's first online direct market for contracting. VHA also owns Provista, a supply chain company serving the non-acute market as well as hospitality, education and corporate markets. For more information, visit www.vha.com.

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