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By Madge Kaplan | Friday, Apr 01, 2016
Dr. Paul Batalden, one of the founding fathers of health care quality improvement, was driving down a highway in Minneapolis when he spotted a hospital advertisement that struck him as odd.


Tag(s): Person- and Family-Centered Care, WIHI
By Kathy Duncan | Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Dear IHI – My unit has done great improvement work to reduce pressure ulcers, and we’ve held the gains for several months. Do we have to keep measuring our processes forever, even though we’re doing well and no longer trying to improve? Would we be better off spending our time and resources measuring and improving something else? – READY TO STOP MEASURING Dear READY – Congrats on your great work! Reducing pressure ulcers for even one week is no small feat. Holding the gains for a few months mea ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Pressure Ulcers
By Adam Davis | Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016
Some may find it surprising to learn that fire departments are playing a big role in the drive toward population health. If you think about it, though, it makes sense. As trusted members of the community who are in the homes of people in need on a daily basis, they're in a position to help patients in ways that health care providers can’t.


Tag(s): Triple Aim for Populations, Avoidable ED Visits, Population Health, Quality, Cost, and Value
By Lee Adler | Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016
Research indicates that 59 percent of adverse events during skilled nursing facility (SNF) stays are preventable. In this interview, Lee Adler, DO, Adventist Health System Senior Advisor for Safety, Quality, and Innovation, explains how this alarming data led to the development of the IHI Skilled Nursing Facility Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events. Dr. Adler is one of the co-authors of the tool and faculty for the IHI Virtual Expedition SNF Trigger Tool – Measuring Patient Harm in Skilled ... read full post


Tag(s): SNF - Skilled Nursing Facilities, IHI Global Trigger Tool, Patient Safety
By Jeff Rakover | Monday, Mar 28, 2016
IHI Research Associate Jeff Rakover, and Helen Bellanca, MD, Associate Medical Director for Health Share of Oregon, describe the promising work of a program that integrates perinatal care with substance abuse management. Increased rates of substance use and addiction have shaken many communities in the past decade, and pregnant women are no exception. For example, one study found that the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (newborn opiate withdrawal) rose 300 percent between 2000 and 2009 ... read full post


Tag(s): Triple Aim for Populations, Maternal and Child Health, Population Health, IHI 90-Day R&D Process
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