Quality & Patient Safety

HRET logoNJHA's Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey develops research projects and educational initiatives to promote quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and actively participates in various campaigns to raise public and provider awareness about vital healthcare issues.

These initiatives use sound methodologies to understand the landscape of healthcare delivery systems in New Jersey. They help to identify healthcare needs and challenges in our communities, provide best ways to overcome them and improve quality of healthcare and health outcomes of all residents. Our outreach and educational resources empower consumers to make more informed choices concerning their healthcare and link them to sources of assistance for improved access to care.

Our research-driven tools help healthcare providers improve the quality and efficiency of their care and assist them in serving their communities more effectively. HRET's publications and educational resources include guides, toolkits, brochures, videotapes, posters and Web sites. Many of these projects are collaborative efforts with state, federal, academic, corporate, healthcare and social service agencies and are funded by grants from state/federal agencies, foundations and corporations.

NJHA and its members are committed to the ongoing quest to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services delivered to the people of the Garden State. NJHA’s nonprofit affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, is committed to education, research and data collection to help the state’s healthcare providers deliver high quality, efficient healthcare services.

NJHA's HRET Institute for Quality and Patient Safety
NJHA's HRET Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, formed in 2002, is a statewide leader in uniting healthcare providers and engaging nationally renowned experts in collaborative efforts to improve healthcare quality. Over the years, these quality collaboratives have yielded measurable results that have saved lives and reduced healthcare costs. Those results include:

  • An 81 percent decline in bloodstream infections, which translates into roughly $1 million in reduced healthcare costs over two years.
  • A 55 percent decline in ventilator-associated pneumonia.
  • A 70 percent decline in the incidence of pressure ulcers.
  • An 11 percent decline in mortality rates through the development of rapid response teams.

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Contractor

In 2016, HRET was awarded a $4.2 million contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to continue the Partnership for Patients initiative that was originally funded in 2011 as a Hospital Engagement Network contract. This initiative will continue to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare in New Jersey as well as the United States. NJHA’s HRET Institute's proposal was among a select group to win CMS’ approval.


P4P Report 2017 1

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NJHA's HRET Institute for Quality and Patient Safety offers a variety of free webinars. Register for an upcoming webinar or access our archive to view past recordings.

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