Measures for Sustainable Hospitals


The Problem:  Devise a practical set of measures for a national campaign that drives sustainable practices in U.S. hospitals

I led the development of a set of measures for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and advised on details of data collection.  The campaign uses a proprietary data collection web-interface provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a public application developed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (ENERGY STAR®Portfolio Manager).  I interviewed experts, prepared initial drafts definitions, tested drafts with sustainability leaders in hospital systems, and summarized decisions for approval by the HHI Steering Committee. You can see an example of one of our test plans at this link.  Here is the HHI web page with the active measure definitions.  The image below shows an extract of the table of measures, the starting point for our work project team members.