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Physician Leader Monthly December 2023

Joint Commission announces Responsible Use of Health Data Certification
On Jan. 1, 2024, The Joint Commission will launch a new certification program on the Responsible Use of Health Data™ (RUHD™) for U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals. The new certification will provide guidance and recognize healthcare organizations navigating the appropriate sensitivities needed to safely use data for purposes beyond clinical care, known as secondary use of data. 

Secondary use of data includes quality and operations improvement, discovery, or algorithm and artificial intelligence development. The certification will provide an objective evaluation as to whether an organization is committed to utilizing best practices in their secondary use of data and promoting responsible use of data by demonstrating established protocols regarding transparency, limitations of use and patient engagement.

Reminder: Gift policy during holiday season


Newly released 

AHA webinar informs physician leaders on catalyzing the role of the hospital board
A new, complimentary webinar from the American Hospital Association’s Trustee Service series – Leadership Matters: Role of Governance in Quality and Safety – features Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, President and CEO of The Joint Commission Enterprise, and Kathryn L. Leonhardt, MD, MPH, CPHQ, CPPS, principal consultant, Joint Commission International.

Perspectives: The Joint Commission revised the definition of suicide in the Sentinel Event Policy. The original definition focused on inpatient and “staffed around-the-clock” care settings or suicides within 72 hours of discharge. The revision extends the time frame and services in which a patient receives care.

December Journal: ED Boarding’s Impact on Patient Care and Clinician Well-Being


In the media

Joint Commission’s new voluntary certification helps hospitals ensure ‘responsible’ use of patient data | Fierce Healthcare

The Joint Commission updates fire prevention alert | Health Facilities Management 

ED boarding’s effect on clinician well-being: Joint Commission | Becker’s Hospital Review

2024 outlook for health equity. Health equity leaders may play an increasingly critical role. | Deloitte Health Forward Blog


Multimedia feature

New resources available in HCE Certification Resource Center – MetroHealth and Dalio
The Joint Commission regularly updates its Health Care Equity (HCE) Certification Resource Center to help organizations meet healthcare equity requirements. The following new resources are available:
Spotlight: The MetroHealth System’s Institute for H.O.P.E.
Spotlight: Dalio Center for Health Justice