Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and Clarity Group, Inc. Have Collaborated on Project to Improve Patient Safety in Wisconsin

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Group of six hospitals in Wisconsin chooses Clarity Group, Inc. out of Chicago, IL as vendor in Patient Safety Improvement Plan.

Clarity Group Inc., a leading provider of healthcare risk, quality and patient safety software and consulting services, and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative have joined forces to improve patient safety in the small and rural hospital settings across the state of Wisconsin.

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

"A group of RWHC hospitals chose Clarity’s Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal for their collaborative project because its design, flexibility and cost met the needs of smaller hospitals. The customer service and technical support has exceeded our expectations. The user-friendly event data reporting templates have resulted in increased event reporting over our old paper systems, and we anticipate measurable improvement in patient safety!" stated Beth Dibbert, Quality Information Manager for the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.
The RWHC program began with six Wisconsin hospitals and is anticipated to grow. The program has been ‘live’ since April of 2010. Together, these hospitals determined the types of reports that they wanted to collect and have begun a collaborative workgroup to identify common reporting and patient safety improvement strategies using each other as resources. “The ability to decrease reporting time as well as decrease follow-up time to get 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 Clarity Group, Inc.

About the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
RWHC is owned and operated by thirty-five, rural acute, general medical-surgical hospitals; the Cooperative's emphasis on developing key strategies among freestanding entities distinguishes it from alternative approaches. RWHC is the rural advocate of choice for its members, developing and managing a variety of services, and assists members by offering high-quality, cost effective healthcare. The RWHC assists members in partnering with others to make their communities healthier, and it actively uses strategic alliances in pursuit of its vision.

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. Clarity PSO, a Division of Clarity Group, Inc. is a federally listed Patient Safety Organization with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Washington, DC.

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