Swedish Medical Group receives 2017 Qualis Health Washington Quality Award

May 11, 2017
This week, the Swedish Medical Group team was pleased to receive a Quality Award of Excellence from Qualis Health Washington for the team’s recent quality and outcomes project, “Effectiveness of an Electronic Medical Reminder for Hepatitis C Screening.”

Seeking to increase hepatitis C screening rates across its patient population, Swedish Medical Group implemented an electronic medical record (EMR)-based reminder designed to prompt providers at the time of visit of the patient’s hepatitis C screening status. Using the EMR reminder as the only intervention, Swedish staff saw its hepatitis C screening rates increase from a baseline of 12% in May 2015 to 51.9% in December 2016.

“We are honored to receive this award for our efforts to provide better quality care,” said Jon Younger, M.D., interim chief executive of Swedish Medical Group. “We are continually looking for ways to transform healthcare and to make a difference for our patients. Working collaboratively with our Quality & Value team, our providers were able to prove that a simple electronic medical records reminder is an effective tool in increasing Hepatitis C screening rates. This work is beneficial to the health and well-being of many of our patients.”

Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, and a leader in improving care delivery and patient outcomes. Since 2002, Qualis Health has selected winners who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in improving healthcare practices, reflecting the very best in healthcare quality improvement. These awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes to the three broad aims outlined in the National Quality Strategy: Better healthcare (for individuals); Better health (for populations); and Reduced costs through improvement.

The award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the 2017 Northwest Patient Safety Conference on May 11, 2017. For the list of 2017 Quality Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality award recipients, visit www.QualisHealth.org.