GRA Research Projects
DeKalb Medical Center
DeKalb Quality Institute
In 2004, DeKalb Medical Center created the DeKalb Quality Institute – a collaboration between DeKalb Medical Center and its physicians to provide research and development support in performance, quality, and service improvement for DeKalb Medical Center, its medical staffs, and the DeKalb Physician-Hospital Organization. The organization uses innovative methods of measuring and reporting clinical outcomes and has been recognized for exceeding quality measures in patient safety, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
Physicians and Health Systems leaders are involved in identifying opportunities and improving healthcare quality. Georgia Tech Health Systems students are helping with data mining, analysis, and reporting. Currently, the group is analyzing patient satisfaction surveys and physician process/outcomes. Methods are being developed to automate the capture and reporting of data using "Performance Scorecards". The Health Systems Institute has also assisted in the implementation of the Computerized Physician Order Entry systems at DeKalb Medical Center's three hospitals.
About DeKalb Medical Center
Serving the Atlanta community since 1961, DeKalb Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital system that includes the 451-bed DeKalb Medical Center on North Decatur Road in Decatur, the 76-bed DeKalb Medical Center at Decatur in downtown Decatur and the 100-bed DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale in Lithonia. A leader in progressive medical technology delivered by a highly qualified and caring staff, the hospital system serves approximately 500,000 patients annually and offers a variety of community outreach programs.