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By John Gauthier | Friday, Jun 27, 2014
“Learning about people's strengths, values, needs, and challenges is the foundation for redesigning care,” says Catherine Craig, MPA, MSW, faculty for the IHI Better Health and Lower Costs for Patients with Complex Needs Collaborative. Her expertise includes fostering collaboration with disenfranchised groups, and navigating the intersections between policy areas and organizations by identifying and translating common priorities. July is going to be an exciting month at IHI as we begin workin ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Triple Aim for Populations, Communication, Cost Containment and Reduction, Collaboratives, Engage Patients and Families in Improvement, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Complex Needs
By John Gauthier | Friday, Jun 27, 2014
Blood use in hospitals is a high-volume, high-risk, high-cost process that is often not appropriately utilized, says IHI faculty member Timothy Hannon, MD, MBA. In this interview with IHI Communications Specialist Jo Ann Endo, he explains why The Joint Commission, the AMA, the AHA, the Choosing Wisely Campaign, and others have targeted the overuse of blood products as a major issue. Dr. Hannon is Chief Medical Officer of Strategic Healthcare Group and faculty for the IHI Expedition on the Approp ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Patient Safety & Quality, Patient Safety (clinical effectiveness), Cost Containment and Reduction, Quality, Quality, Cost, and Value, Reliable Process Design, Reliable Processes
By Michael Posencheg | Monday, Jun 23, 2014
Applying Quality Improvement methods effectively helps us make sure that our patients get the right care by the appropriate person every time in a timely fashion.

 

Tag(s): Improvement, Pediatric, Improvement Advisor, Quality/Improvement Professional, Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program, Improvement Capability, Improvement Methods and Tools, Quality Improvement
By Sue Leavitt Gullo | Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
Sue Gullo, RN, BSN, MS, a Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has more than 33 years of health care experience, with expertise in maternal-child health and patient safety. She has led the IHI Perinatal Improvement Community since 2004, the longest-running continuous perinatal safety collaborative in the US and internationally. Ms. Gullo is also a member of the AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing) Board of Directors and of several national mat ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Perinatal Care, Maternal and Child Health
By John Gauthier | Monday, Jun 09, 2014
In this interview with IHI Communications Specialist Jo Ann Endo, IHI faculty member Brian Koll, MD, FACP, FIDSA, says that effectively addressing C. diff requires true multidisciplinary teamwork. Dr. Koll is Executive Director for Infection Prevention at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY.Q A number of healthcare-associated infections appear to be on the decline. Why isn’t this the case with C. diff? When one looks at healthcare-associated infections, dealing with C. diff is a little ... read full post

 

Tag(s): C. difficile, safety, Hospital, hospital acquired infection prevention, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI), Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Teamwork
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