I-PASS is the most validated and effective method for handoffs in the hospital. It was found to substantially reduce injuries due to medical errors in a major multicenter study published in 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine. No other handoff approach has such strong evidence of effectiveness. In addition, it is important to recognize that [...]
The I-PASS Study Group is a collaborative of researchers, hospitalists, and medical education specialists who developed a package of interventions to standardize the I-PASS handoff process and study its impact. Once I-PASS was validated, the Study Group became focused on implementing I-PASS in as many hospitals as possible to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. [...]
A library of pre-configured I-PASS templates for the most common specialties/departments is available. The I-PASS Institute will work with your IT department to integrate the templates into your EHR system.
I-PASS is a bundle of interventions, of which the I-PASS electronic template is only one component. Other components include I-PASS training of your clinical team and ongoing observations to support sustainment. The I-PASS Institute works with your organization to create a customized program to ensure adoption and long-term sustainment of I-PASS. Our proprietary I-PASS eVIEW has been [...]
Does the I-PASS Institute Training Platform or Assessment & Improvement tool require integration with our EHR? Do they require hospital IT support?
The I-PASS Institute’s Training Platform and Assessment & Improvement tools are Cloud-Based applications that are independent of the EHR system, and thus do not require additional hospital IT support.
Can implementation be done by just one or two departments, or does it have to be carried out at an institution level?
I-PASS can be implemented in individual departments, but for the greatest benefit, it should be adopted throughout an entire institution. The I-PASS Institute will work with you to develop a proposed implementation plan that best meets your goals. A formal needs assessment can be conducted in as little as two weeks to help identify the key [...]
A focused implementation for several departments can take 9 – 12 months, while a full institution at a large hospital can take up to 2- 3years. Each of these timelines is an estimate and may be adjusted based on the scope of implementation and site-specific needs. Most sites begin to see a measurable impact at 3 [...]
Gaining hospital administrative support is critical. Including a “C” level champion will facilitate the process. The I-PASS Institute will work with your administration to create a justification demonstrating the very attractive financial return. In addition to garnering support of high-level leaders, successful implementations also require involvement and buy-in from hospital staff at various levels of the [...]