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The New Voices of Quality
Jason Kane, M.D.
Jason Kane’s leadership has made him a highly effective voice of quality in the healthcare field.
While pursuing a master’s degree in patient safety and healthcare quality at Northwestern University, Kane worked as a physician leader at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where he initiated programs to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to children, specifically to meet the unique needs of children in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU).
"Utilizing lean and Six Sigma techniques, I led a team that implemented a novel protocol for the transition of patients admitted to the cardiac ICU following congenital heart surgery," Kane said. "Also, in an effort to improve the outcomes of children sustaining cardiac arrest in the pediatric ICU, I facilitated the development of a comprehensive systematic quality improvement program directed at improving the process and ultimately outcome of pediatric resuscitation."
Since then, Kane’s efforts in healthcare quality have only grown. As the patient safety officer for Rush Children’s Hospital at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he practices pediatric critical care medicine and is an assistant professor of pediatrics, he is working to create a new hospitalwide patient safety and quality program using strategic quality improvement tools.
He also serves on the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s quality improvement committee and is a quality improvement coach. He is currently directing a course on patient safety and quality for medical students at Rush.
Kane, 39, predicts the next 25 years will bring an exponential increase in the recognition and industry acceptance of the value of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. "I believe that our generation of healthcare quality and patient safety leaders will dramatically improve the quality of medical care by continuing to design and implement quality and safety initiatives."