This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement          September 29, 2014

New Article: IHI Perinatal Improvement Community

For more than a decade, IHI has been working directly with clinical teams to improve care for mothers and newborns through the Perinatal Improvement Community. A new article published in Obstetrics & Gynecology written by IHI CEO, Maureen Bisognano, IHI Director Sue Gullo, and faculty member Dr. Peter Cherouny, explores the origins of and the early challenges faced by the Community, IHI’s overall approach to improvement, and the growing role of the IHI Triple Aim. In recent years, the Community has been working to reduce early elective deliveries (EEDs) and rates of cesarean sections, which have both become the focus of initiatives all around the world. In one of the Community’s cohorts, early elective deliveries were reduced from a mean of 15.3 percent to a mean of 1.2 percent over two years, and teams reporting data reached the target of zero EEDs in the final month of the measurement period.

Pursuing the Triple Aim: The Canadian Experience

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has partnered with IHI since September 2013 to support Canadian organizations’ participation in the Triple Aim Improvement Community. The CFHI recently announced a new cohort of Canadian teams participating in Better Health and Lower Costs for Patients with Complex Needs, a new IHI Triple Aim Collaborative that launched in July 2014. Over 12 months, teams participating in the Collaborative are seeking to transform how their organizations can help patients with chronic issues achieve better care and improved health, all at a lower cost. In a new post to the IHI Blog, Kathryn Brooks, Project Manager for the Triple Aim Improvement Community, interviews Jennifer Verma, Senior Director of Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement at CFHI, about the progress and challenges for the Canadian teams over the past year, and what the work looks like in the year ahead. 

Patient Engagement: From Presence to Contribution

At this year’s 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care (December 7-10 in Orlando, FL), attendees will once again see the essential role patient and family advisors (PFAs) play in both the conference and the overall improvement of health care. In a new post to the IHI Blog, Martha Hayward, IHI Lead for Patient Engagement, relates her early experiences at the National Forum when she was one of the initial group of PFAs specifically invited to participate at the conference. Hayward explains how prioritizing the engagement of these unique individuals — both at the Forum and in all of IHI’s work — has helped amplify the voices of patient and family advisors throughout health care. The work of hundreds of patient and famiy advisors will be on display at the Storyboard sessions during the National Forum General Conference on December 9 and 10.

IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: Breakthrough Series Collaboratives, Organ Donations, and Me

Person- and Family-Centered Care: The Art and Science of Person- and Family-Centered Care

Patient Safety: Aggregate Analysis of Medication Incidents in Home Care

Quality, Cost, and Value: Emergency Medical Services Can Improve Outcomes and Access

Triple Aim for Populations: Pursuing the IHI Triple Aim in Canada




The deadline for receving the early bird discount for IHI's 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care is this Wednesday, October 1


Over 100 health care leaders will attend the IHI Leadership Alliance launch meeting on October 7. During this event, Alliance members will gather ideas in real time on Twitter to design solutions to health care’s biggest challenges. Check out and contribute to the Twitter Chat from 1:30–2:30pm ET on October 7 using #IHIAlliance


The IHI Open School Improvement Change Agent Network (I-CAN), a campaign mobilizing students to improve population health; “click” to pledge your support!

Where's IHI this week?

IHI Vice President Carol Haraden and Executive Director Pedro Delgado are in Edinburgh, Scotland, this week to meet with NHSScotland leaders.

Who's at IHI this week?

Susan Edgman-Levitan, Executive Director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, is at IHI this week to meet with Maureen Bisognano and other leaders.

Sign Up

Graduate Medical Education: Focusing on Quality and Safety in a Clinical Learning Environment
October 24 in Chicago, IL

Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit
October 30-31 in Boston, MA
(IHI readers use code IHIREG for a 10% discount)


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