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Washington, DC: Leapfrog Group.
This website offers resources related to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey investigating hospitals' progress in implementing specific patient safety practices. Updates to the survey include increased time allotted to complete computerized provider order entry evaluation, staffing of critical care physicians on intensive care units, and use of tools to measure safety culture. Reports discussing the results are segmented into specific areas of focus such as health care-associated infections and medication errors.
Millenson ML. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press; 1997.
Millenson, a Pulitzer-nominated former health care writer, discusses the health care quality movement and the increasingly important role of information technology in both measuring and promoting quality. He covers a broad range of topics in a somewhat journalistic tone, from quality assessment to evidence-based medicine, from accountability to pay-for-performance. Although the book is nearly a decade old, it remains important for having laid out a vision for the use of information and computerization in assessing and promoting quality. Although the book includes sections on patient safety, its strengths are those on quality assessment and improvement.