Global professional services firm Huron and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, announced that they have entered into a collaborative agreement to create a series of workshops centered around high reliability strategies for healthcare organizations.

The workshops are designed to provide hospitals and other healthcare organizations with the tools and resources they need to deliver consistently high levels of safety and quality care to consumers. The first workshop will be held on April 11 in Minneapolis.

“Every healthcare organization has a mission to provide consumers the best possible care,” says Mark Hussey, executive vice president, chief operating officer and healthcare business leader for Huron. “This collaboration will help address the needs of healthcare organizations looking to consistently improve their levels of patient safety and the quality of care.”

A high reliability organization (HRO) maintains extraordinarily high levels of quality and safety over long periods of time with no adverse or harmful events, despite operating in hazardous and unsafe conditions. Both organizations have long been committed to high reliability and HROs and have developed proprietary know-how and methodologies that will be shared at the workshops.

Huron’s healthcare business, which includes Studer Group, will work with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare to present the high reliability strategies to clients and advance the mission of helping hospitals and healthcare organizations on their journey to reach zero harm. Through these workshops, the center, Huron and Studer Group will be at the forefront of national efforts by healthcare organizations to become HROs.

“The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is pleased to collaborate with Huron to improve patient safety and quality of care through high reliability,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “Together, we will unite to help healthcare organizations deliver consistently excellent care across all services and settings—resulting in improved processes, financial savings, engaged team members, and most importantly, zero harm for patients and caregivers.”