North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network Selects Clarity Group in Pilot Project to Improve Patient Safety in the State

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Group of 12 North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals chooses Clarity Group, out of Chicago, IL for Pilot Project to improve Patient Safety in the state.

The CAH Quality Network is committed to improving the quality of healthcare for the people of rural North Dakota. The CAHs working with Clarity's Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal have a way to gain efficiency in their systems while collecting meaningful data that can drive safety initiatives

Clarity Group, a leading provider of healthcare risk, quality and patient safety software and consulting services, and the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network of the North Dakota Center for Rural Health have joined forces in a pilot project to improve patient safety across the state in the small and rural hospital settings.

By utilizing Clarity Group's, Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal, designed to capture events throughout the clinical and operational continuum, North Dakota hospitals will be able to identify areas of concern, share best practices and focus resources on improving outcomes for the patients they serve.

"This pilot project is a direct response to the needs expressed by North Dakota CAHs and creates a way to increase communication among similar facilities and to decrease data collection redundancy. We are pleased to be working with the North Dakota Quality Network and Clarity Group on this program," stated Marlene Miller, Program Director for the Center for Rural Health UND School of Medicine & Health Services.

"The CAH Quality Network is committed to improving the quality of healthcare for the people of rural North Dakota. The CAHs working with Clarity's Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal have a way to gain efficiency in their systems while collecting meaningful data that can drive safety initiatives," stated Jody Ward, North Dakota CAH Quality Network Coordinator. "The ability to share data and best practices and to develop open communication on issues of patient safety is very appealing to the CAHs of North Dakota and we are pleased to be participating in this pilot project, "said Cathy Swenson, CEO, Nelson County Health System, McVille, ND.

12 North Dakota hospitals are participating in this pilot project, and working with Clarity Group, have identified 9 event areas that have previously been reported by paper collection forms. "The ability to decrease reporting time as well as decrease follow-up time to get to an intervention serves to not only increase productivity and overall reporting, but also provides for immediate knowledge to drive action as needed. We are delighted to be a part of this innovative state-wide effort to improve healthcare safety," stated Anna Marie Hajek, CEO of the Clarity Group.

About The Q Network of the North Dakota Center for Rural Health
The North Dakota CAH Quality Network was formed for the purpose of sharing best practices, education and resources to help advance healthcare quality and safety in North Dakota. The Center for Rural Health (University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences) supports the Critical Access Hospital Quality Network through funding, facilitation of meetings and opportunities to accomplish its goals.

About the Clarity Group
Clarity Group, Inc. is a specialist in innovative integrated risk/quality/safety/service systems and consulting products that enable healthcare organizations to execute on their vision for excellence. Core Clarity products include captive insurance company development and operations, risk-quality-safety consulting services and the web-based Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal that engages all staff in collaborative, data driven change to transform the organization into a Healthcare Safety Zone for patients, visitors and staff.

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