HRET to help implement AHRQ safety improvement measures

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a 20-month contract to the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Under the new $1.8 million contract, HRET will develop novel methods to encourage hospitals, health systems, and policy makers to implement AHRQ safety and quality products and tools.

A core priority of AHRQ is to improve the safety of health care. While AHRQ has developed many toolkits and educational resources to improve quality and safety, broader use of these resources is needed to maximize their impact.

During the 20-month project, HRET will work with AHA affiliates, state hospital associations, quality improvement organizations, and an advisory panel of experts to provide free assistance to hospitals, health systems, and policy makers. The project will begin June 1.

(SOURCE: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, May 28, 2009)