hiin-logoThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently awarded the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) a two-year Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contract (with an optional third year based on performance), to continue efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Thanks to the work of hospitals across the country that participated in the HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and HEN 2.0, we have been able to save over 87,000 lives resulting in over $19.8 billion in cost savings over the past four years! The HRET HIIN will align, accelerate and amplify the prior HRET HEN and Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) successes to pursue the ambitious new goals of reducing all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.

Data Tools. The HRET HIIN project provides a number of tools to support you in this effort. Specifically, the Encyclopedia of Measures (EOM) which serves as the measure reference guide for core evaluation and additional required topic measures. Tracking your data in this manner will provide you with the valuable information you need to study your data across time using run charts, and determine the effect your improvement strategies are having in your hospital at reducing patient harm.

The Comprehensive Data System is the secure, web-based data collection and reporting system that hospitals use for HIIN. For instructions on how to access the CDS, please use the CDS Quick Start Guides. There is a guide for hospitals that are NEW to CDS, and another guide for RETURNING hospitals. These Quick Start Guides cover logging into CDS and walk you through how to set up user accounts for your hospital.

For more information visit http://www.hret-hiin.org/ .