This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
August 31, 2015
JAMA Call for Papers on
Health Care Delivery Innovations

Today, the pace of innovation is used as an indicator of the vitality of businesses, national economies – and the health care system. As Don Berwick, Howard Bauchner, and Phil Fontanarosa write in a new JAMA editorial, “health care innovation comprises entire subindustries developing new drugs, diagnostic tests, therapeutic devices, prosthetics, information technologies, and more.” But Berwick (IHI President Emeritus), Bauchner (JAMA Editor in Chief), and Fontanarosa (JAMA Executive Deputy Editor) argue that, despite the pace and breadth of innovation, “aggravating shortfalls persist.” Chief among them is “the translational shortfall” – that is, the delay in getting promising innovations in care delivery to the populations they can help. And they describe a lack of a focus on cost reduction, as many innovations in health care have the potential to add costs. In response, the editorial issues a call for papers submitted to JAMA, for a yearlong series on health care delivery innovations. The full article is freely available and you can read the authors’ suggestions for paper topics on JAMA’s website.

5 Tips for Making Good Use of
Patient Experience Data

Kevin Little, PhD, has been an Improvement Advisor for IHI since 2001. During these years, he has helped countless health care professionals and organizations understand the importance of effective measurement systems, and the power of the data they produce. In a new post to the IHI Blog, Little discusses how to make sense of the often overwhelming amount of patient experience data – and how to leverage that data for improvement. Little, who will be co-faculty for IHI’s upcoming Expedition, Putting Your Patient Experience Data to Work, describes the importance of taking inventory of your current data – knowing who is collecting what data, and why. He also emphasizes the importance of making the value of patient experience data clear to your entire organization. Read the full post for all of Little’s tips.

Scientific Symposium Abstracts to be Published in BMJ Quality & Safety

Each year, the Scientific Symposium attracts the best work in the science of health and health care improvement. The Scientific Symposium is an all-day event that takes place in conjunction with the IHI National Forum on Monday, December 7, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Symposium aims to foster dialog and shared learning among participants, and features keynote speakers, rapid-fire presentations of peer-reviewed papers, interactive methods sessions, and networking. This year, IHI is collaborating with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) to publish the abstracts selected for the Scientific Symposium in BMJ Quality & Safety with author consent. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET. Ideal submissions may include results of studies that apply improvement or implementation methods to improve health or health care at a local, regional, or national scale. These may include analytic, time-series, statistical process control, qualitative, and mixed-method studies. Reviewers are also interested in method or measurement development work that aims to advance the field more generally.

IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: Implementing Always Events® to Improve Quality of Care

Person- and Family-Centered Care: What Will Your Story Be at the End of Life?

Patient Safety: In-hospital Mortality and the “Weekend Effect”

Quality, Cost, and Value: National Story Contest: The Best Care, The Lowest Cost

Triple Aim for Populations: Applying an Accountable Care Organization Model in England

Look For

A new article published in BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth co-authored by IHI's Senior Technical Director for the Africa region, Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey (above): Birth location preferences of mothers and fathers in rural Ghana: Implications for pregnancy, labor and birth outcomes


A new article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine co-authored by IHI's Executive External Lead for Health Improvement, Dr. Soma Stout (above): Demonstrating Subpopulation Analytics: A Paradigm Shift for Improving Population Health



A (now freely available) article published in the Joint Commission Journal co-authored by IHI Senior Vice President Dr. Kedar Mate (above): A Two-Way Street: What the United States Can Learn from Resource-Limited Countries to Improve Health Care Delivery and Reduce Costs


Who's at IHI?
Several Qatar-based Fellows from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) are visiting IHI this week as part of their US study tour.

Where's IHI?
IHI Director Sue Gullo, RN, MS, and Project Manager Lauren Magoun, MBA, are in Washington, DC, this week for a meeting of CMS and HRSA's Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative.

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