Nihon Kohden America, Foothill Ranch, Calif, recently launched Qualnomics™, an independent social community dedicated to fostering discussion about health care quality and its impact on hospital economics. Qualnomics is an online forum where hospital executives, nurses, physicians, RTs, and other health care industry professionals can connect to help improve the quality of care hospitals deliver to patients while reducing the cost of care.

“Qualnomics is a national conversation, led by Nihon Kohden America, about empowering hospitals to achieve both quality of care and quality of economics. We coined the term ‘Qualnomics’ to link quality to economics within the context of the national healthcare debate. Ultimately, Qualnomics is about how to improve healthcare today,” said Mike Dashefsky, vice president of Nihon Kohden America.

Qualnomics features an expert blog, curated with posts from bloggers at Nihon Kohden America and the general health care industry. There is a recurring segment called “Good Catches,” created to recognize health care professionals who intervene when they identify a safety or systems issue that could cause patient harm. Users can also participate in discussion forums created to address issues relevant to their viewpoints.

The Web site also features articles by Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, a medical economist, that frames the discussion of the health care quality and hospital economics debate, and by Leland J. Lancaster, Jr, MD, that addresses the challenges and opportunities of adopting health care information technology.

Source: Nihon Kohden America