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Office of the Chief Quality Officer
The Office of the Chief Quality Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) aims to improve health care quality at BSWH as well as inform the national and international evidence base for high-quality health care. In support of these goals, the Office implements initiatives related to clinical effectiveness and disseminates the results of these initiatives in peer-reviewed publications. Its efforts align with the Institute of Medicine call for health care to become more STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, and Patient centered).
The ongoing successes of these health care quality improvement efforts have led to the receipt of several regional and national awards including the National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum and the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award. Baylor Health Care System ranked third among 73 multi-hospital health care systems across the United States in overall quality of care according to the American Hospital Association in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2010 Preeminence Award of the American Medical Group Association.
David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, MSPH, FACP serves as chief quality officer of BSWH as well as president of the STEEEP Global Institute.
Examples of current and prior health services research initiatives with peer-reviewed funding across various disciplines (and investigators in those areas) are listed below.
Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH, Director of Epidemiology
Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation Science
Andrew Masica, MD, MSCI, Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness
Electronic Health Records
David Ballard, MD, PhD, MSPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
Neil S. Fleming, PhD, Vice President, STEEEP Academy
Health Information Technology
Brett Stauffer, MD, Director of Clinical Decision Support
Patient Safety Research
Donald Kennerly, MD, PhD, Chief Quality Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health North Texas
Yan Xiao, PhD, Director of Patient Safety Research
Shared Decision Making
Ian McCarthy, PhD, Director of Health Economics
Elisa Priest, DrPH, Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Data Center
Shahid Shafi, MD, MPH, clinical scholar, trauma surgeon, and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Director of Rehabilitation Research
Learn more about the Office of the Chief Quality Officer here.
Community Health Care
Baylor researchers are collaborating with community members and organizations to define community health issues, interventions and research methods to test research hypotheses.
With a three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas worked with HealthTexas Provider Network's Office of Community Health and Central Dallas Ministries to measure the effectiveness of a volunteer health care delivery program. Project Access works to reduce emergency department visits by patients who have historically high rates of ER visits.
One result of the study has been the creation of a community-based chronic disease management program for patients with diabetes at Central Dallas Ministries-Community Health Services.
Future community health improvement research will study the effectiveness of chronic disease management for diabetic patients enrolled in Project Access and its impact on blood glucose control, quality of life, complication rates, hospital and emergency department utilization and re-admissions.
Find more information on a research study at Baylor.
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