Patrice L. Spath ’82 published the fourth edition of her co-authored textbook, Applying Quality Management in Healthcare, A Systems Approach, in April 2017.
In Applying Quality Management in Healthcare, Patrice Spath explores the principles of quality management and provides a variety of practical tools for real-world improvement and problem solving. Unlike many healthcare quality management books, Spath’s book delves into the systems that serve as the foundation of a high-quality health services organization. Readers learn which management practices are essential to creating an organization capable of advancing performance goals, making long-lasting process improvements, and providing the operational systems and tools needed for success.
The new, fourth edition includes case studies illustrating what is required of health services organizations to set the stage for success, a chapter dedicated to systems issues affecting patient safety, and a chapter on data analytics with emphasis on interpreting quality.
Patrice L. Spath, MA, RHIT, is a health information management professional with broad experience in healthcare quality and safety improvement. She is president of Brown-Spath & Associates, a healthcare publishing and training company in Forest Grove, Oregon. During the past 30 years, she has written numerous books and journal articles and presented more than 350 educational programs on healthcare quality management and patient safety topics. She is a certified registered health information technician, healthcare technology specialist in implementation management, and Lean project leader, and she serves as consulting editor for the monthly publication Hospital Peer Review.
Patrice L. Spath earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in management and health information from Marylhurst University in 1982. She has authored several texts on improving healthcare, including Error Reduction in Health Care: A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety, and Leading your Healthcare Organization to Excellence.