hospital engagement network

Hospital Engagement Network works at the regional, national, state, or hospital system level to help in learning collaboratives for hospitals so they can implement changes and necessary innovations for Partnership for Patients’ safety and care can achieve.

On December 14, 2011, the Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services awarded $218 million to 26 state, regional, and national hospital systems organizations to serve as Hospital Engagement Networks. It is funded as a part of the $500 million initiative by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center. 

Objective Of Hospital Engagement Network:

  1. Improve patient safety and care provided to them. 
  2. Help patients heal without complications by 20% as compared to 2010.
  3. Reduce patients from getting sick or injured by 40% compared to 2010. 

Hospital Engagement Network and Partnership for Patients campaign: 

The Hospital Engagement Network will continue to work and identify solutions to reduce health-related issues and spread them to other hospitals and health care workers. They engage in many initiatives and activities to rapidly apply evidence-based, established research to improve hospital patient safety. HEN and PfP focus on the following core areas:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Obstetrical adverse events
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical site infections
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

Main Elements Of The Partnership for Patients :

The Community-Based Care Transitions Program :

These sites each constitute a collaborative community effort, including community-based organizations such as social service providers, multiple hospital partners, nursing homes, home health agencies, pharmacies, primary care practices, and other types of health and social service providers serving patients in that community.

Patient and Family Engagement:

The relationship between health care professionals and their patients and families is critical for the partnership. It is vital to keep patients from getting an injury or sicker in the hospital and help them heal without complications. 

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks:

Sixteen national, regional, or state hospital associations will serve as Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs). It sustains and expands the Medicare program’s current reductions in patient harm and 30-day readmissions.

Some Common Causes Of Medical Errors:

  1. Communication problems are one of the most common issues of medical errors. These issues can arise between a physician, nurse, healthcare team worker, or patient, whether written or verbal.
  2. Inadequate information flow happens when a patient discharges or is transferred from one department or hospital to another. When necessary information about the patient is not forwarded correctly, it results in mishaps.
  3. Human problems occur when all the standards of care, policies, and procedures are not followed. 
  4. Knowledge-based errors also occur when proper knowledge is not provided at the time it is needed. 
  5. Organizational issues happen when insufficient training or inadequate education is provided to the medical staff. It mainly occurs when new employees join or temporary help is taken.
  6. Technical failures can include complications or failures with medical devices, implants, grafts, or pieces of equipment.


Hospital Engagement Network ensures the proper care and safety necessary to avoid favorable conditions. To control the relationship between patients and health care workers for their betterment.

By Umaimah

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