Medical Quality

Medical quality centers on improving individual provider practices.

Governance of Clinical Improvement

Provider quality is overseen by the Health Authority Medical Quality Committee (HAMQC). HAMQC is responsible for the making recommendations to the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC) on: (1) Medical Staff Quality Assurance (QA) data and measures; (2) Medical Staff Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives; (3) Development and implementation of Island Health QA/QI programs; and (4) Medical Staff related issues identified by HAMAC that potentially impact the quality of patient care. (Medical Staff Rules). Through Clinical Decision Support and Clinical Analytics, advanced analytical support is provided as identified by the HAMAC.

Reducing Unnecessary Variation in Care – Choosing Wisely Canada

Choosing Wisely is a campaign designed to promote conversations between providers and patients to help both parties choose care that is supported by evidence, free from harm and truly necessary.

With the help of local champions, the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) Oversight Committee has tackled all five Level 1 “Quick Wins”. The committee is currently preparing the application for Level 1 Designation to CWC and is strategizing to seek Level 3 designation of Choosing Wisely Hospital Designation Campaign.

For more information on how the CWC Oversight Committee is helping to improve quality and patient care at Island Health please visit the Island Health Choosing Wisely page.

Reducing Unnecessary Variation in Care – Sepsis QI Project

The aim of this project is to improve outcomes through standardization of recognition and management of sepsis at all Island Health facilities.

A review of order sets and clinical care pathways identified variation in the processes for recognition and management of sepsis. This variation in processes, combined with variation in practice confirms an opportunity for standardization of practice and improvement of outcomes. Emergency and in-patient working groups are active and electronic support tools are being developed.

Emergency Department, Medicine, Infection Management and Adult ICU Quality Councils are leading this work.

For more information please visit the Island Health Sepsis QI Project page

Provider Profile

The Island Health Provider Profile is an interactive web-based tool for providers at Island Health. The goal of the Provider Profile is to allow individual providers to use Enterprise Data Warehouse data repositories to support them in quality improvement and to inform their practice.

Specific measures relevant to each department and/or division are being identified in collaboration with medical staff, and access to the Provider Profile will be made available by Division as appropriate measures are developed.  The roll out so far includes Pediatrics, Midwifery, Obstetrics, Anesthesia and Hospitalists. Progress is reported through HAMQC.

BC Medical Quality Initiative – Medical Staff Practice Enhancement

The BC Medical Quality Initiative (BC MQI) brings health care partners together to develop ways to improve the quality of medical care for people living in BC. 

Medical Staff Practice Enhancement (MSPE) is a project of BCMQI. The focus is quality improvement at an individual practitioner level, including the roll out of multi-source feedback.  A multi-phased roll out will begin with pilot sites and departments in fall 2020. Practice enhancement encompasses the activities that help medical staff to understand, reflect on and improve their practice, in alignment with the British Columbia Medical Quality Improvement Initiative, the Hospital Act and medical staff rules.

Referencing Quality – The Case for Quality and Other Tools for Improvement

Collecting past “The Case for Quality” articles and the future home of medication and documentation improvements, Referencing Quality serves as a library for past news articles shared on the medical staff website to guide improvements in care.

Please email MedicalStaffEngagment@viha.ca if you have suggested articles for inclusion in this resource library.

Visit the Referencing Quality page for opportunities to learn about improvements for safe patient care.