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November 19, 1997

Joint Commission Begins Tracking Outcome Data

JAMA. 1997;278(19):1562. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550190026015

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EARLIER THIS year, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations launched an initiative to incorporate patient outcomes into its accreditation process for hospitals and other health care organizations.

The initiative, called ORYX, will allow the Joint Commission to review data trends and patterns and to use the data to help health care organizations improve patient care, said Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, president of the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill—based group.

The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standard-setting and accrediting body in health care. The independent, not-for-profit commission evaluates and accredits nearly 18000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

"The Joint Commission's primary mission is to improve the quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations," O'Leary said. "We are now in transition from being a standards-based, risk-reduction organization that, in

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