Berlin - More than 380 hospitals in Germany and Switzerland have now published their quality data for 2018. The houses belong to the Quality Medicine Initiative (IQM). This is non-profit association of hospitals that have agreed on the application of three principles: quality measurement with routine data, publication of results and peer reviews. Users can view the quality data for more than 60 clinical pictures and treatment methods online.
"At IQM, the quality results are used as criterion for carrying out peer reviews," explained Francesco De Meo, President of the IQM, at the presentation of the. If the results were conspicuous, the medical and nursing peer teams looked closely and identified potential for optimization in the treatment of patients. This avoids errors and improves the quality continuously, he said. The IQM emphasized that the peer reviews are central procedure for improving the quality of treatment in hospitals. In dialogue at eye level, interdisciplinary teams made up of specially trained doctors and nurses analyzed the processes and structures involved in patient treatment on the basis of case files. Since 2009, more than 1,000 peer reviews have taken place in the IQM clinics in Germany and Switzerland.