By JULIE MINDA
Dr. Jim Reichert believes that people should be able to go to any health care provider and know that they are getting high-quality care, and they should be able to expect an optimal outcome.
Reichert, who is vice president of clinical analytics for Catholic Health Initiatives, knows U.S. health care is still a long way from being able to deliver on the promise of consistent high-quality care. But he believes data analytics holds promise for moving the industry closer to that aspirational goal.
Meat industry on board with new FDA restrictions
Catholic Health Initiatives has joined eight other major hospital groups in a campaign to reduce the medically unnecessary use of veterinary antibiotics in producing the nation's meat and poultry supplies.
"We believe that what we eat is a significant component of health care," said Dave Ryan, who oversees CHI food and nutrition services for its far-flung hospital network. "We want to help push the meat industry to provide a healthier food supply and do so economically."
CHI and the other health systems are working on the effort with Health Care Without Harm, which promotes environmentally safer practices by health providers