Analytics, board support are quality improvement keys

QI enthusiast to QI leader: Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, SFHM


Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, had not considered focusing on quality improvement (QI) while studying at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was not until a medical error led to the death of a family member that his eyes were opened to the potential consequences of a system not invested in care quality.

“I couldn’t square with it because I had spent the last two to three years of my life working with some of the most dedicated, passionate, hard working people who all were trying to improve lives, and the fact that what I was seeing could result in a family member dying just didn’t make sense,” said Dr. Glasheen. “At the time I thought ‘This must be one of those unfortunate things that happens once in a lifetime,’ and I put it on the back burner.”

Dr. Jeffrey Glasheen

As more research on medical errors emerged, however, Dr. Glasheen realized his family’s experience was not as unique as he had thought.

It was after reading the now famous Institute of Medicine report, “To err is human,” which found that medical errors were responsible for 44,000-98,000 deaths a year, that Dr. Glasheen resolved to pursue a career in quality improvement.


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