For HM to reach potential, physicians must do what they say
by Danielle Scheurer, MD, MSCR, SFHM, physician editor, The Hospitalist
We have staked our reputation on our ability to improve healthcare quality, and we need to deliver, according to incoming SHM President Shaun Frost, MD, SFHM, who addressed hospitalists this morning at HM12 in San Diego. Such care delivery will require personal accountability to embrace the work necessary to realize the potential of HM.
As Lou Holtz, the former Notre Dame head football coach, once said, “when all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.” Although always couched within a system, many current limitations with quality improvement and patient safety are rooted at the level of individual accountability. Dr. Frost pointed to hand hygiene and sign-out performance as tangible examples.
Dr. Scheurer is physician editor of The Hospitalist
The Hospitalist newsmagazine reports on issues and trends in hospital medicine. The Hospitalist reaches more than 25,000 hospitalists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, residents, and medical administrators interested in the practice and business of hospital medicine.