VHQC, known to many members as a Quality Improvement Organization, Health IT Regional Extension Center or Practice Transformation Network, has rebranded as Health Quality Innovators (HQI) effective Oct. 17, 2016. According to President and CEO Donald A. Glozer, the new identity better reflects the company’s expanding service area and talented team, plus provides greater clarity about its role in the evolving health care industry.
HQI offers hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and physician practices opportunities to learn from each other while working toward common goals that include decreasing infections, reducing avoidable hospital readmissions, lowering the risk of heart disease, using antibiotics wisely and making effective use of electronic health records. Improving health equity is an important aspect of HQI’s work, as is helping providers engage patients and families in making decisions and managing conditions.
A non-profit organization, HQI was established in 1984 and was one of the first entrants into the health care quality improvement field. Many of HQI’s services are funded by the federal government, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This allows the organization to provide performance data, improvement tools and quality coaching free of charge to qualified providers. HQI also offers consulting that is tailored to client needs. Learn more at www.hqi.solutions.