For many of us, the hot, humid summer is loosening its grip and we’re heading toward fall — a time of new semesters, changing leaves, and extra layers of clothes. How did that happen so fast? We hope you had a chance to get away — to the ocean, to the mountains, or even just on a quiet staycation — and aren’t too overwhelmed by the pile of emails weighing down your inbox. To help you catch up at a glance, we’ve put together IHI’s top five picks from August 2016.
Here’s what you might have missed:
- Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations: We released our newest IHI White Paper this month and more than 6,500 people have checked it out. Have you read the full paper? It’s filled with practical, useful information, including:
- A framework with five key components for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve
- A case study of one health care organization that has integrated efforts to improve health equity throughout their system
- A self-assessment tool for health care organizations to gauge their efforts to improve health equity. Take a closer look here.
- The Open School has a new look! We’ve updated our learning content, switched to a new platform, and shortened the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety. We’ve also created comprehensive resources to help you make the most of the updated courses, including summary sheets, an overview, and tools to spread the courses around your organization or campus. If you’re already an Open School learner, we think you’ll enjoy the improvements. If you’re new to the Open School, it’s the perfect time to dive in! Get started with our free sample courses.
- What role do large employers play in reforming health care? In Harvard Business Review, Robert S. Mecklenburg and IHI Executive Director Lindsay Martin argue that employers have a significant opportunity to work with providers to create more efficient, market-driven approaches to improve care and reduce costs. Check out the article, “Large Employers are Key to Reforming Health Care,” a response to President Obama’s July article in JAMA.
- One of the most popular posts on the redesigned IHI blog this month was a story by nephrologist Richard Gibney. He heard about how patients were performing their own dialysis in Sweden at the IHI National Forum, and brought the innovative model to rural Texas. “Up until then, we pretty much told patients to sit down, put out your arm, be quiet, and don’t touch anything,” Gibney writes. “Much as I hate to admit it now, our treatment encouraged boredom, depression, and learned helplessness.” Read how “empowered dialysis” changed outcomes in Gibney’s post, “From Sweden to Texas via the IHI National Forum: Do-It-Yourself Dialysis.”
- The question is a simple one: Should I tell our patient that we made an error? The answer is complicated, though. IHI Vice President and patient safety expert Frank Federico tackles the topic in our popular “Dear IHI” column. Check it out here and look for Frank at the front of a handful of sessions at the IHI National Forum in December.