Quality & Outcomes
Quality healthcare is doing the right thing for the right patient, at the right time, in the right way to achieve the best possible results.
– The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
At Spectrum Healthcare Partners, this is what we strive to do every day, with every patient encounter.
Which is why we have a comprehensive quality program in place that continuously evaluates how our patients do as a result of the care we provide and identifies ways we can do things better. We look at such measures as:
- Patient safety (surgical infection rates, for example)
- Patient satisfaction with the care they receive
- Functional and clinical outcomes
- The appropriate use of healthcare resources
- The cost and value of the care we provide
In fact, each of our specialty divisions has its own quality program, with many metrics benchmarked against rigorous national standards.
We hold ourselves to a high standard
As a physician-owned organization, Spectrum holds itself to particularly high quality standards. We think it’s vital to demonstrate our quality not only to patients but also to the hospitals that contract with us. After all, their trust in our capabilities to keep their patients safe is the foundation of our business.
What’s more, Spectrum’s Quality Committee—with representatives from each of our specialty divisions—reports directly to the Spectrum board of directors. This underscores how seriously we take our commitment to quality care, starting at the top.
Spectrum is a national leader in anesthesia quality improvement
In the 1990s, Spectrum developed FIDES, innovative quality improvement software that enabled the anesthesia practice to easily and cost-effectively collect relevant quality data on every case, providing insights to improve patient care and demonstrate a market advantage.
In 2010, Spectrum made FIDES available commercially and it’s now used by anesthesia practices nationwide—a testament to its effectiveness and value, and Spectrum’s leadership in quality improvement.
A quality initiative to tackle opioid addiction
Knowing that patients often have their first experience with opioids in the healthcare setting, usually after surgery, Spectrum’s orthopaedics and anesthesia divisions have launched a collaborative pain management initiative aimed at lowering the risk of addiction.
Together, they are evaluating the efficacy of such strategies as:
- Sending orthopaedic surgery patients home with fewer pills
- Multi-modal anesthesia including local and regional nerve blocks and non-narcotic pain medications
- Opioid-free pain management for joint replacement procedures
Our aim is to be part of the solution and not contribute to the problem of opioid addiction in Maine.
If you would like to know more about Spectrum’s quality initiatives and outcomes, we’re happy to share information and insights. Simply call us at 207-482-7800, or email Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, our director of quality, risk and patient safety.