Joint Commission Resources, NBC Digital Health Network and MCN Healthcare announce a new partnership for the distribution of education to drive hospital safety and quality

Denver 31 March 2009Joint Commission Resources (JCR), NBC Digital Health Network and MCN Healthcare (MCN) have signed a new partnership for the distribution of a continuing education series to help hospitals keep up with The Joint Commission's standards and National Patient Safety Goals. The ultimate goal of the series is to provide readily accessible information which hospitals can use in creating a culture of quality and patient safety by focusing on continuous improvement.

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The education series, available via satellite and web-based training through the Joint Commission Resources Quality and Safety Network (JCRQSN), leverages the clinical expertise of JCR, the digital media and programming expertise of NBC Digital Health Network, and the distance education expertise of MCN Healthcare to provide hospital executives and clinical staff up to date information. Programmes feature interaction with experts from JCR as well as case studies and examples of how hospitals across the country are implementing key initiatives to improve the quality of patient care. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

"Every hospital determines for itself the best way to provide high quality patient care, and it's an ongoing challenge to keep up with changing standards and care initiatives. We have designed this series to help health care organisations who are constantly looking for ways to demonstrate compliance and to evaluate and improve their processes", stated Chuck MacFarlane, FACHE, CAE, Vice President of Learning, JCR.

"The JCRQSN series helps our organisation keep up to date on changes", stated Joni Vaughn, RN, MSN, Performance Improvement Co-ordinator, Sanford USD Medical Center. "Beyond that, it provides a method for easy dissemination of information and implementation strategies to key stakeholders throughout the facility. The information provided from these experts is invaluable."

MCN Healthcare will be the exclusive on-line distributor of the JCRQSN series, providing administration and educational content through MCN's edept Learning Management System. The edept platform provides easy to navigate access to live web casts, video archives, programme resources, continuing education tests & certificates, and administrative and reporting tools.

"We've had 21 years of experience learning what works for hospitals and what doesn't when it comes to continuing education and information", stated Amanda Valeur, President, MCN Healthcare. "If it isn't easy to use in the hospital setting, the best education in the world won't make its way into practice."

The JCRQSN Series is produced by JCR in partnership with NBC Digital Health Network, which also owns and operates the largest patient education channels in United States hospitals, the Patient Channel and the Newborn Channel, for in-hospital education.

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organisations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner.

The NBC Digital Health Network is a division of iVillage Networks, under NBC Universal, focusing on the multi-platform distribution of premium health video reaching millions of consumers. Utilizing the robust original, condition specific and healthy living videos created weekly across NBC to provide its over 100 distribution partners and its direct-to-consumer web portal, HealthVideo.com, with content that creates an informative viewing experience for the millions of users looking for health information.

The Network also includes The Patient Channel, founded in 2002, which provides credible and trusted television programming in hospital rooms to patients and their families in over 1600 hospitals across the country; and The Newborn Channel, founded in 1992, which produces baby care and postpartum programming for new parents in over 1000 hospitals nationwide. Since 2007, NBC Digital Health Network has partnered with Joint Commission Resources to produce and distribute content for health professionals as well, with over 500 subscribing hospitals across the United States.

MCN is a provider of regulatory compliance and learning solutions for the health care industry. Over the past 22 years, more than 25.000 organisations worldwide have benefited from the practical cost-effective services for policy management, staff education and safety training. MCN Healthcare is privately owned and headquartered in Denver, Colorado. More company news is available in the VMW May 2008 article MCN Healthcare launches Policy Manager 2.0.


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