From the desk of Melinda Muller, M.D., interim Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Health
ICARE safety reporting, additional fields
In early June, two additional fields (race and preferred language) will be added to the ICARE safety reporting form to better identify and address disparities in health outcomes, measured by Legacy’s Quality Foundational Metrics.
Patient populations experiencing health inequity may have poorer health outcomes, these disparities are also known to have a costly impact on the healthcare system. Currently, Legacy’s Quality Foundational Metrics are not stratified by key demographic information like race, ethnicity, language, or disability (REAL-D).
As Legacy moves towards its strategic goal of inclusion, processes for reporting REAL-D data in key metrics are being identified and implemented. These processes will enable the stratification of quality metrics by these demographics to better understand and address health disparities.
Please email LHSincident@lhs.org with any questions on the ICARE changes.