July 9, 2010
President Obama recently appointed Don Berwick to head CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Dr. Berwick has been a primary mover for quality in healthcare for over 25 years! As President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), he championed the “100K Lives Campaign” saying “Some is not a number, soon is not a time” in his effort to save lives by improving quality in health care. We at DrFirst strongly believe that improved quality in health care will save lives, and that the use of healthcare IT such as e-prescribing and secure communication among healthcare providers are two important ways to achieve that goal. In a future blog, I’ll describe some of the specific efforts we’re taking at DrFirst to improve the quality of care our users are able to achieve through the use of our products.
Dr. Berwick’s home page: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/donald-berwick/index.html