The radiology Quality Improvement (QI) Committee is a uniquely diverse team with representation from all radiology divisions, clinical and nonclinical roles, and department leadership. The group meets monthly to teach front-line clinical teams the process of quality improvement using high-reliability organizations (HRO) principles, the science of safety and LEAN methodology. The group has been meeting since 2009 and is growing in size and project scope.
The QI Committee’s mission is to continuously develop a culture of quality and safety by empowering our front-line teams with the tools, resources and support necessary to create positive, meaningful change. The formula for success has three key components: leadership buy-in + employee passion + education and mentoring.
FY19 Frontline Driven QI Project Focus Areas:
QI Poster Presentation Slideshow
2019 Project Topics
Increase time of service collections/compliance.
Reduce portable X-ray equipment service costs.
Improve communication between Interventional Radiology (IR) and floor nurses.
Reduce nuclear medicine gastric empty cancellations.
Reduce ultrasound equipment service costs.
Standardize e-radiology RADNET workflow.
Reduce unnecessary radiology help desk requests.
Improve radiology capital planning.
Reduce ineligible School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) requests.
Reduce patient dose for breast mass recall exams.
Implement single use computerized tomography (CT) oral contrast.
Reduce recovery time for IR biliary tube patients.
Increase protocol compliance for ultrasound renal prep.
Standardize chest X-ray image quality/PACS display.
Reduce second opinion turnaround times at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (BMC).
Reduce PET/CT cardiac order errors.
Improve radiology patient transport at Suburban Hospital.
Reduce BMC patient wait times for nuclear medicine stress tests.
Reduce delays for MRI inpatients.
Reduce MRI scheduling errors.
Reduce ultrasound biopsy delays.
Decrease Columbia Mammogram scheduling errors.
Improve access times for Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) ED MRI patients.
Reduce Bethesda Mammogram patient wait times.
Decrease BMC ultrasound patient wait times.
Increase BMC ultrasound outpatient on time starts.
Reduce biopsy scheduling TAT.
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- Howard County General Hospital
- Suburban Hospital
- Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Karen Margaret Horton, M.D.
- Pam Johnson, M.D.
- Stacey Baldwin
- Andrew Menard
- Peg Cooper
- Vince Blasko,Clinical Managers Committee chair