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By Tejal Gandhi | Friday, Jun 12, 2015
Tejal Gandhi, MD, talks about the history and future of patient safety.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Patient Safety Executive Development Program, Quality Improvement
By Thomas Talbot | Monday, Apr 06, 2015
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s hand hygiene compliance rate has been in the 90 percent range for the last four years. In an interview with IHI, Vanderbilt's Chief Hospital Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Talbot credits their success to building a strong culture of shared accountability.


Tag(s): Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI)
By Doug Bonacum | Friday, Apr 03, 2015
Doug Bonacum, Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, is faculty for IHI’s Patient Safety Executive Development Program. In this interview with IHI Content Development Manager Jo Ann Endo, Bonacum talks about the fundamental changes necessary for the future of patient safety while also reinforcing the continual need for patient safety basics.Watch a video of Doug Bonacum discussing patient safety ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Reliable Processes, Health Information Technology (HIT), Human Factors, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Teamwork, Communication
By Jo Ann Endo | Monday, Feb 09, 2015
According to Anne Myrka, a drug safety pharmacist at IPRO (the CMS-designated Quality Improvement Organization for New York State), “If you want to do medication reconciliation correctly, you have to start with a medication management process.” (IPRO leads the Medicare-funded Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, or AQIN, which heads up quality improvement activities in New York, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia.) Ms. Myrka is also faculty for the IHI Expedition on Improving Medicatio ... read full post


Tag(s): Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Event (ADE), Medication Reconciliation, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Communication
By Carol Haraden | Thursday, Nov 06, 2014
“I became impatient with the fact that we were implementing so little of what we knew,” says Carol Haraden, IHI Vice President and patient safety expert. This interview is the first installment in a new periodic series on the IHI blog that will feature quality improvement and patient safety experts commenting on how they started their QI work, how they maintain their energy, and what resources have been most meaningful to their success. Carol Haraden Q When did your interest in quality improveme ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Bundles, All-or-None Measures, Spreading Changes
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