This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
June 29, 2015

The Employer-Led Health Care Revolution

The “Big Idea” section of the July-August issue of the Harvard Business Review features a new article co-authored by IHI Executive Director of Innovation, Lindsay Martin. “The Employer-Led Health Care Revolution” describes Intel's use of Lean improvement methods to manage the quality and cost of its health care suppliers. Martin and co-authors Patricia MacDonald, Intel’s Vice President of Human Resources, and Dr. Robert Mecklenburg, Medical Director of Virginia Mason’s Center for Health Care Solutions, detail how a collaboration with Virginia Mason Medical Center enabled Intel to leverage its commitment to Lean and continuous quality improvement to take the lead in collaborating with local providers to improve health and lower costs for both employees and the local population. Martin also led IHI's research into employer-driven redesign of health care, which identified Intel’s Healthcare Marketplace Collaborative model as a stand-out in terms of its results and potential to be replicated.

"Conversation Ready": A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care

In 2012, The Conversation Project (TCP), in collaboration with IHI, launched a public campaign aimed at ensuring that everyone’s end-of-life care wishes are “expressed and respected.” As TCP’s work to engage the public in “having the conversation” gained increasing national attention, it became clear that health care organizations would need to become “Conversation Ready” to respond to this activated public in a reliable way. A new IHI White Paper proposes a detailed framework built on five core principles to help organizations begin the process of becoming Conversation Ready. Based on the experiences of end-of-life care experts and organizations engaged with IHI in this work over two years, the white paper describes the changes associated with the framework’s five principles that can be implemented to improve end-of-life care, examples of changes tested by organizations, and suggested measures to guide improvement.

IHI Strategic Partner “Summer Camp”

Throughout its history, IHI has leveraged the power of partnership to innovate, demonstrate results, build improvement capability, and spread improvement across the world. Central to this effort are IHI’s Strategic Partners, a group of large organizations that share IHI’s mission to improve health and health care, and achieve significant, system-wide improvements. Each year, partners gather at Strategic Partner Summer Camp to learn from each other, and from innovations and proven methods from both health care and non-health care settings. The host organization and location as well as the theme of Summer Camp changes every year. This year's Summer Camp is hosted by Kaiser Permanente in California, and the theme is health equity. Starting Monday, more than 50 representatives from 14 of IHI’s Strategic Partners gather together with IHI senior leaders to explore, design, and debate how best to lead the health equity revolution.

IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: Five Myths about Building Quality Improvement Capability

Person- and Family-Centered Care: Patient and Family Engagement: A Survey of US Hospital Practices

Patient Safety: Transparency as a Path to Improve Patient Safety

Quality, Cost, and Value: Employer-Led Health and Health Care Improvement

Triple Aim for Populations: Embedded Support for Complex Needs Patients in Primary Care Yields Results

Look For
IHI Leadership Alliance free informational call, hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

IHI Leadership Alliance: Free Informational Call for Canadian Organizations on July 30 (12-1pm), hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and IHI, will discuss CFHI's progress in its first year of participation in the IHI Leadership Alliance and opportunities for organizations to join


IOM report: Collaboration Between Health Care and Public Health: Workshop Summary

Collaboration Between Health Care and Public Health: Workshop Summary, a new report from the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, describes elements of successful collaboration

How-to Guide: Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Continuing education credit is now available for the IHI How-to Guide: Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, which provides guidance for implementing key evidence-based care components for preventing catheter-associated UTIs

Where's IHI

IHI Senior Vice President Dr. Pierre Barker is in Bihar, India, to meet with key leads from CARE India to discuss the Neonatal Health Collaborative measurement and evaluation strategy, following a successful and energizing Learning Session in May.

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