Patient Safety Awareness Week: How Envision Makes an Impact on COVID-19 and Patient Safety


03.09.2020 -

Supported by a nationwide community of multispecialty clinicians and employees who stand united in their commitment to patient safety, Envision Healthcare is in the position to have a significant influence within the patient safety space. “By sheer size, we have the ability to impact about 10 percent of the U.S. population,” said Gerald Maccioli, M.D., MBA, FCCM, FASA, Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director for the Center for Quality and Patient Safety at Envision Healthcare. “When we make a change, we as an organization have the capacity to really bend the curve of complications and make a difference.”

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has communities on high alert, and Envision Healthcare’s more than 27,000 clinicians are leading efforts to care for patients and support our organization’s hospital partners through the implementation of clinical best practices. Click here to learn about Envision's COVID-19 response.

Envision’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) earned accreditation in 2017 and is in the final stages of building a Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES), a reporting tool designed to collect data across specialties. The PSES is slated for launch in 2020. “The PSO has given us the opportunity to analyze our data in a de-identifiable way and put out best practices across our huge geographic and specialized footprint as a vehicle for improving patient safety,” Dr. Maccioli said.

Joshua Bloomstone, M.D., M.Sc., FASA, Associate Medical Director, Patient Safety Organization, has been instrumental in the creation of the PSES. Over the past few years, Dr. Bloomstone has leveraged PSO data to produce a variety of multidisciplinary white papers, and in 2019, he co-authored this report, with others in Envision, regarding scientific intelligence and clinical research: click here.

With these consistent, coherent, and reproducible data reporting systems, Dr. Maccioli believes the addition of the PSES will “allow Envision to change the outcomes and benchmarks in a variety of specialties.”

Fostering the strong and engaged community of Envision providers who collaborate across service lines, the PSO’s clinical discussions boards host over 10,000 conversations each month. Uniting a network of clinicians in a protected environment, Debbie Cibulka, M.J., R.N., CPHQ, Director of Envision’s Patient Safety Organization, has further led the team in the development of a new program called Safe Tables.

“Safe Tables allow our physicians to initiate discussions and share ideas within the Envision community,” Cibulka said. “We now have the opportunity to host nationwide meetings and establish this collaborative learning culture amongst our physicians.”

Click here to learn how Envision Physicians Services leverages data and multispecialty collaboration to improve patient outcomes nationwide.

Click here to learn how AMSURG centers were among the pilot group of volunteers who participated in the first-ever Culture of Safety survey offered to ASCs.

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