Contribute to quality improvement at Kaiser Permanente
Join us to deliver great outcomes, advance patient safety, and make health care accessible at a Permanente Medical Group
Throughout their daily practice of medicine, physicians at Permanente Medical Groups identify opportunities to implement programs that improve care quality. These quality-improvement possibilities create an environment of clinical exploration that is at the heart of our success delivering quality care to our patients.
Our pursuit of improving care experiences and outcomes is ingrained in our culture. Since 1945, thousands of quality-improvement projects have helped ensure that people experience high-quality care and live better lives.
Permanente physicians regularly complete specific clinical projects that improve care delivery, increase equitable access to care, and ensure patient safety. In collaboration with other professionals throughout Kaiser Permanente, we continually seek improvements in numerous aspects of medicine, such as:
|Care gaps||Cancer screenings|
|Chronic conditions||Diagnostic errors|
|Infection prevention||Medication safety|
|At-home recovery||Virtual care|
Improved care quality leads to improved outcomes
By embracing continuous quality improvement, the Permanente Medical Groups have improved health care delivery and patient outcomes through evidence-based practices and innovative approaches. We refine our medical protocols and treatment plans with experimentation, data analysis, clinical research, and collaboration with expert colleagues.
One example of how it works: American hospitals often admit patients experiencing chest pains for observation and cardiac stress testing. However, no clinical studies had evaluated whether this strategy improved these patients’ health.
So, a team of Permanente physicians created new diagnostic criteria called HEART. This is a measure of history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin (a blood test that measures heart injury).
“By assessing patients who come into the Emergency Department using HEART, we were able to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and cardiac testing for many patients without increasing their risk of heart damage,” said Adam L. Sharp, MD, MSc.
Continuous quality improvement in safety, access, and care
Our focus on improving the overall quality of care, supported by our integrated care model, is paying off. Today, Kaiser Permanente:
- Outpaces the nation in telehealth utilization
- Is recognized for operating high-performing hospitals throughout the U.S.
- Leads the industry in providing access to advanced care at home
- Advances equity and diversity in daily medical practice
- Offers top-ranked health plans in every place we deliver care
Permanente physicians regularly review processes, identify potential hazards, and implement new strategies and tactics to mitigate risks. For all projects, we monitor our performance against specific goals to measure whether our efforts are effective.
Finally, once we accept the success of any quality-improvement project, we don’t keep it to ourselves — we share best practices throughout the nation. It’s all in an effort to fulfill the promise of medicine and transform health care in America.
If practicing medicine in an environment that encourages continual improvement in care and health appeals to you, we’d like to meet you.