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Hospital CooridorOHA's quality and data team of clinical experts and professionals are working with member hospitals and health systems to develop and lead quality initiatives focusing on providing evidence-based care to patients and provide a platform to effectively compare results.

OHA has a long history of convening hospital members and other partners to identify problems, attack them with solutions and spread the resulting best practices across the state. In 2002, OHA’s significant quality improvement achievement efforts were recognized by the Joint Commission’s Codman Award for our development of process improvement benchmarks, targeting acute myocardial infarction rates in the Dayton region.  

OHA launched the Institute for Health Innovation in 2015 to lead collaboration and development of strategies that accelerate health care quality, integrate transition of patient care, and advance community health.

OHA was one of the first state hospital associations to focus members, staff and other resources by tackling safety and quality issues – particularly at the regional level. OHA has long fueled regional collaboratives and other hospital efforts with data, education and expertise.

The Institute's current initiatives include:


Reducing Sepsis Mortality in Ohio 

A statewide initiative of Ohio hospitals focusing upon early recognition and early prevention. OHA's two-year program focuses on reducing severe sepsis and septic shock mortality in Ohio by 30 percent.

Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN)

The Ohio Hospital Association is one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations selected to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this next phase of the Partnership for Patients initiative is focused on previous work accomplished by OHA and participating hosptials from 2012 to 2014 that resulted in 55% reduction in harm and $100 Million in health care savings.


In response to Ohio's horrible infant mortality rate, OHA launched a hospital campaign, Good4Baby that focuses on promoting infant safe sleep, eliminating early elective deliveries and supporting breastfeeding.  


A "Eat Healthy" initiative that encourages healthier choices by making positive changes to the food and beverage environment. Campaign offers resources that hospitals can model healthy eating to support the health of employees, visitors and the communities they serve.

Hand Hygiene 

A regional, quality-improvement collaborative involving hospital quality experts, student nurses, iPads and a focus on hand washing that is producing significant improvement in compliance by health care professionals to practice appropriate hand hygiene protocols. 


WayFinder™ Q.I. Dashboard

A collaboration between OHA and Battelle, WayFinder is an advanced analytics tool that helps hospitals identify preventable adverse events.

Ohio Patient Safety Institute (OPSI)

OPSI is dedicated to improving patient safety in Ohio and was founded by the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Through this collaboration OPSI has the ability to work with more 180 hospitals and 9,000 physicians in Ohio to improve patient safety for all Ohioans.

Data Services

Further, OHA facilitates the data collection, analysis, application, and delivery that correspond to each of these initiatives.  OHA has the existing and demonstrated capacity to collect, track and monitor hospital data. OHA’s statewide all-payer clinical database contains more than 1.6 million hospitalizations annually, and includes such information as: (1) patient demographic information; (2) patient admission and discharge status; and (3) clinical information on principal and secondary diagnoses and principal and secondary procedures taken from discharge abstracts on medical records.

OHA also maintains a secure website to collect other process and outcome measures for specific collaboratives such as multidrug resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), clostridium difficile (C. diff), CLABSI, hand hygiene, CLABSI insertion and dressing change, among several others.

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