Clarity Group, Inc. Launches the First National Benchmarking Program in Patient Safety for Critical Access, Small and Rural Hospitals

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Clarity Group, Inc. hosts a webinar on June 16th to introduce their National Program, Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™

The Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program is a great way to aid in our continued focus on improving patient safety in small and rural hospitals. We are very excited to have the opportunity to network with other small and rural hospitals...

Clarity Group, Inc. (Clarity) a leading healthcare resource specializing in integrated risk/quality/safety systems and captive insurance company development and management, announced today a complimentary webinar to launch a new program that focuses on patient safety and benchmarking in critical access, small and rural hospitals. Building on its statewide programs with the University of North Dakota, Center for Rural Health Quality Network and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Clarity is pleased to offer this opportunity to critical access, small and rural healthcare providers.

“Clarity is proud to be working with many critical access, small and rural facilities nationally in the areas of quality and patient safety event collection and management, and together we are introducing the National Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program. As we have worked with our clients and looked into this area, we believe this program is the first of its kind for CAHs and small healthcare facilities and we are pleased to advance patient safety with these highly dedicated providers,” stated Anna Marie Hajek, President and CEO of Clarity Group, Inc.

Using the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal, a web-based event management tool, CAHs and small hospital facilities are able to collect data and complete timely investigations to resolve events from all across their facilities. “The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative is very excited to be working with Clarity Group, Inc. on the Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program. We have been using Clarity’s Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal since January of 2010 and now have 10 hospitals in our network that have gone paperless and have been able to benchmark with one another. It is very exciting to have this same opportunity with other small and rural hospitals across the country. The Clarity product offers strong value for money paid, and Flex Grant monies provided through the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health made CAH participation even more affordable. The Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program is a great way to share our experiences and continue our pursuit of improved patient safety in small and rural settings,” said Beth Dibbert, Quality Consultant, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.

“The North Dakota CAH Quality Network first teamed with Clarity Group, Inc. in September of 2008. Since that time, our network of 13 critical access hospitals has submitted more than 14,000 events in the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal. We also have benefitted from Flex Grant money through the ND Center for Rural Health supporting in part our critical access facilities purchasing the Portal, and among the benefits we have seen, we have been able to utilize this technology to eliminate paper from our organizations, increase our overall reporting, and foster shared learning and communication among our facilities. The Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program is a great way to aid in our continued focus on improving patient safety in small and rural hospitals. We are very excited to have the opportunity to network with other small and rural hospitals in other states and have the chance to benchmark and learn from one another,” added Jody Ward, ND CAH Quality Network Coordinator.

Clarity invites critical access, small and rural providers to attend this complimentary webinar to learn more about the National Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program specifically designed for critical access, small and rural healthcare organizations. The webinar also introduces the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal, the web-based patient safety event management system used in facilities all across the nation.

For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here or visit our website at http://www.claritygrp.com

About the North Dakota CAH Quality Network
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 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 Clarity Group, Inc.
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 their organization into a Healthcare SafetyZone 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 (AHRQ) in Washington, DC.

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